We are here to help make energy more affordable.

We know that many local families like yours may be finding it difficult to make ends meet – struggling with monthly utility costs and providing basic needs like food and life essentials for your loved ones.  Your energy bill can feel like a burden and the cost of energy-saving upgrades that can help in the long term, may seem out of reach today.

That’s why United Way has partnered with Hydro Ottawa, The Good Companions Seniors’ Centre, and the Nepean, Rideau and Osgoode Community Resource Centre (NROCRC) to provide support and information about energy affordability and other programs that can help you lead a happy, healthy life.

Access to the AffordAbility Fund could make a difference and provide relief from the ongoing stress of juggling household finances. We are here to help navigate what can feel like a complex process and provide information and access to vital assistance programs when facing financial hardship.

Our Partners

What is The AffordAbility Fund

The AffordAbility Fund is funded by an independent trust set up by the Government of Ontario and offered to you by your local electric utility. ​Through the fund you may be eligbile for free energy upgrades that can lower overall home energy use and electricity bills. 

You may qualify to receive new energy-saving appliances like a microwave, oven or refrigerator.  You may also be eligible for installation of in-home energy retrofits like an upgraded heat pump, new insulation or weather-stripping.

Get in touch

It can be hard to know where to start. Contact a United Way Outreach Coordinator, a knowledgeable source in your community who can not only help you with the application process for the AffordAbility Fund but also with accessing what other support you may need.

Contact us at AFT@unitedwayeo.ca.

We can also connect you with information about:

Access to Community Programs

Community Programs

Employment Services Information

Employment Services

Provide Supports for Seniors

Supports for Seniors

Employment Services Information

Financial Assistance Programs

Mental Health Support

Why we care

For a community to be great it requires equity, connections and overall well-being for everyone. At United Way, we want to make sure everyone has access to financial education programs and tools, no matter where they grow up and live. 

Energy poverty is just one issue that prevents people from reaching their full potential. It’s important to understand how it’s linked to other challenges that can lead to more serious situations down the road.  The AffordAbility Fund partnerships is a collaborative approach to learning more about how we can better support the individual and families in our communities.

While our community is struggling with the effects of the Covid-19 global crisis, many more people will need access to support. We are here to help.