Ontario’s government has canceled a number of electricity conservation programs, including one which offered pool owners a $400 rebate for upgrading to energy-efficient pumps.

Carolyn Bickerton, owner of Purewater Total Home Leisure in Ottawa, says the decision to cancel the Poolsaver program will be bad for business. Bickerton has taken part in the program for the past two years and said it’s been instrumental in both growing the company and reducing electricity consumption for pool owners.

“I was really shocked,” she said. “We had been told last fall that this program had a five-year life span.”

Bickerton said the program’s cancellation, which supported sales and increased installation bookings, means she probably she won’t be able to fill two summer jobs.

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