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Home Energy Cost (15%+)


Percent of Households spending 15% or more of after-tax income on home energy as % of all households

Methods and Limitations:

Data is produced and retrieved from the Canadian Urban Sustainability Practitioners (CUSP). The following description regarding the methodology of the data is retrieved directly from the CUSP’s ‘Technical User Guide’.

The mapping tool has been made using data taken from the 2016 Census of Population. 


The universe of the map comprises all households with after-tax income and with non-zero home energy costs. Households with zero after-tax income or with zero home energy costs are not included in the data to more accurately represent home energy cost burdens for those who pay these costs. For example, rental households with electricity and heating costs included in their rent are not included in the data. As a result, some values may differ from similar indicators you will find in other Census data products, such as the Census Profile. 


Note that the 2016 Census does not have income and housing cost data for Reserves. In the Energy Poverty and Equity Explorer, Census Subdivisions that are Reserves display no data and the data for Census Divisions containing Reserves do not include these areas. This lack of data represents a substantial gap as research on housing condition, energy rates and access, and income levels indicate that the pervasiveness and extent of energy poverty in Indigenous communities is significant. 


Canadian Urban Sustainability Practitioners (CUSP). 2019. The Energy Poverty and Equity Explorer: Technical User Guide.

Canadian Urban Sustainability Practitioners (CUSP). 2019. Energy Poverty and Equity Explorer: Housing & Demographics Theme.


Home Energy Cost (15%+) in the Sustainable Development Goals

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13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

Climate change is now affecting every country on every continent. It is disrupting national economies and affecting lives, costing people, communities and countries dearly today and even more tomorrow.

People are experiencing the significant impacts of climate change, which include changing weather patterns, rising sea level, and more extreme weather events. The greenhouse gas emissions from human activities are driving climate change and continue to rise. They are now at their highest levels in history. Without action, the world’s average surface temperature is projected to rise over the 21st century and is likely to surpass 3 degrees Celsius this century—with some areas of the world expected to warm even more. The poorest and most vulnerable people are being affected the most.

Affordable, scalable solutions are now available to enable countries to leapfrog to cleaner, more resilient economies. The pace of change is quickening as more people are turning to renewable energy and a range of other measures that will reduce emissions and increase adaptation efforts.

But climate change is a global challenge that does not respect national borders. Emissions anywhere affect people everywhere. It is an issue that requires solutions that need to be coordinated at the international level and it requires international cooperation to help developing countries move toward a low-carbon economy.

To address climate change, countries adopted the Paris Agreement at the COP21 in Paris on 12 December 2015. The Agreement entered into force shortly thereafter, on 4 November 2016. In the agreement, all countries agreed to work to limit global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius, and given the grave risks, to strive for 1.5 degrees Celsius. You can learn more about the agreement here.

Implementation of the Paris Agreement is essential for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, and provides a roadmap for climate actions that will reduce emissions and build climate resilience.

See which countries have signed it and which ones have deposited their ratification instruments.