The AffordAbility Fund Trust (AFT) is the designated authority for administering and delivering the AffordAbility Fund; its mandate is to make energy more affordable for Ontarians.
Consistent with this aim, an independent and diverse Board of Trustees was put in place to determine how the program could best serve the Trust’s beneficiaries:
Ontarians who do not qualify for low-income conservation programs but who want to conserve energy as a way to reduce their electricity bills now and in the future.
Key to achieving this aim is understanding and accommodating the complex diversity of AFT beneficiaries. Accordingly, the Trust brought together a diverse group of people and organizations representing community interests, Electricity Distributors and energy service providers to design the AFT.
The resulting program starts with a “yes” orientation and eligibility considers not only income, but also other aspects of a household’s electricity burden.
Today, local electricity distributors and utilities across the province are working with community partners to promote and deliver the program on behalf of the Trust, working to achieve its goal of assisting 50,000 beneficiaries.
In addition to providing support to beneficiaries of the Trust, the AFT Board of Trustees’ ambition is to establish a legacy for the AffordAbility Fund: creating an affordable energy future for the health and well-being of Ontarians by building new thinking, approaches, and partnerships in energy innovation.