WHITEHORSE – The Official Opposition is seeking clarity from the government regarding the status of the Interim Electrical Rebate program.
The Interim Electrical Rebate (IER) is applied automatically to all residential households as a subsidy deducted from electrical bills. The existing program is set to expire on March 31. However, there has been no word as to whether it will be reinstated for another year.
“This rebate is a way to help Yukoners manage their monthly electrical bills and keep life affordable when the costs for heating your home are rising,” said Wade Istchenko, Opposition Critic for Yukon Energy Corporation. “Given that the government is planning on bringing in a carbon tax that will increase the cost of heating your home, they should be upfront with Yukoners on whether or not they will at least keep this rebate in place. If the government is not planning to renew this program, they are running out of time to notify Yukoners of the inevitable increase on their electrical bills.”
The program was created in 2009 by the previous government and has been renewed yearly since. Not renewing this program could have a significant financial impact on Yukon families, especially when paired with the incoming carbon tax.