Centring Equity and Affordability

When equity is approached intentionally, municipalities and their partners can create programs that prioritize making clean energy technologies accessible and beneficial to low and moderate income households, indigenous communities, new Canadians, communities of colour and other equity-seeking groups.

Explore how CUSP’s work with centring equity and affordability adds value for member cities by advancing progress on a number of critical, interrelated and intractable priorities.

Equity in Clean Energy Transformation

Equity in Clean Energy Transformation

Centering Equity and Affordability

When equity is approached intentionally, municipalities and their partners can create clean energy programs for broad adoption. This knowledge-exchange introduces A Guidebook On Equitable Clean Energy Program Design For Local Governments And Partners and related resources, developed with active contributions from CUSP and members.
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Energy Poverty & Equity Mapping

Energy Poverty & Equity Mapping

A climate emergency, increasing disparity and poverty, and the housing crisis are challenging livability in Canadian cities. By understanding and addressing energy poverty, policymakers can advance progress on a number of these interrelated critical priorities and ensure we “leave no one behind” in the low-carbon transition.
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Energy Poverty in Canada: a CUSP Backgrounder

Energy Poverty in Canada: a CUSP Backgrounder

Currently, there is no formal and official definition for energy poverty in Canada. This report provides a background and data snapshots for the purposes of program design and delivery, policy discussion and to paint an overall picture of energy poverty in Canada.
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Equity Implications of Energy Poverty in Canada

Equity Implications of Energy Poverty in Canada

This primer reflects a high level review of whether energy poverty in Canada has racial equity implications. This preliminary analysis shows that the effects of structural racism and oppression do carry over to the likelihood and extent of energy poverty among racialized, recent immigrant and Indigenous households.
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Coalition Building for Equitable Climate Action

Coalition Building for Equitable Climate Action

Coalitions of community partners can enhance municipal capacity for equitable climate action by including a diverse set of perspectives, being responsive to community needs and garnering support for implementation. This knowledge-exchange explores actionable and practical steps for how CUSP members and partners can build coalitions in their own communities.
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Integrating Equity into Electric Vehicle Strategies and Programs

Integrating Equity into Electric Vehicle Strategies and Programs

Electric vehicles are an important tool in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving local air quality. What are important considerations for cities and their partners when designing electric vehicle programs for broad adoption?
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Integrating Financing Products into Local Energy Programs

Integrating Financing Products into Local Energy Programs

Financing products designed to help overcome the upfront costs of energy upgrades are critical for an equitable and inclusive clean energy transformation at the scale and pace commensurate with this climate crisis. What are important considerations for cities and their partners in choosing financing options when designing equity-centred, universal energy
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Integrating Equity into Building Retrofit Strategies and Programs

Energy retrofits are an important tool in improving the quality of housing and addressing escalating energy costs. What are important considerations for cities and their partners in designing building retrofit programs for broad adoption?
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