Ontario Electricity Rebate

Effective November 1, 2019, the Government of Ontario has made changes to your electricity bill to make it more transparent. The previous 8% rebate has been discontinued, and the bill will now show the true cost of electricity.  Most residential customers, farmers, and small businesses that previously received the 8% rebate are now eligible for the new Ontario Electricity Rebate.

What is the Ontario Electricity Rebate?

Starting November 1, 2019, the built-in reduction and the previous 8% rebate are being replaced with the Ontario Electricity Rebate (OER). This will allow customers to see the true cost of electricity on their bill and the full value of the OER, if they are eligible for it.The OER is for households, farms, long-term care homes and many small businesses.

Through this new rebate, the total bill for a typical homeowner who uses 700 kWh per month will increase by about $1.99 or 1.8%, which is in line with the rate of inflation. 

Who Is Eligible

The Ontario Electricity Rebate (OER) is for households, farms, long-term care homes and many small businesses. All ratepayers who were eligible for the previous 8% rebate will receive the Ontario Electricity Rebate (OER) as of November 1, 2019.

The Ontario government is working to identify large-volume multi-unit complexes who are currently receiving the 8% rebate, to ensure that the program is treating consumers fairly.

In order to achieve this goal, consumers including: hospitals, universities, colleges and any multi-unit complexes that have fewer than 50% residential units, such as large commercial buildings, need to report to their Local Distribution Company (LDC) to receive an extension to continue to receive the benefit until November 1, 2020 while the Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines collects data and ensure the program is being administered fairly.

Some larger multi-unit complexes that use over 250,000 kilowatt-hours per year and whose demand is over 50 kilowatts, such as apartment buildings and condominiums, will be required to provide a notice to their utility by January 31, 2020 in order to receive the rebate beyond February 1, 2020.

For questions about eligibility or the requirements to provide notices, please contact the Ontario Energy Board.

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