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Ontario Electricity Rebate

The Ontario government has revised the Ontario Rebate for Electricity Consumers Act, 2016 (O. Reg. 363/16 – see https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/160363).

Historically, this rebate was captured through an 8% rebate, intended to offset the provincial portion of HST, along with a “Global Adjustment modifier” intended to reduce the monthly impact of the Global Adjustment. As of November 1, 2019, this rebate will be captured in a single line item on bills named the “Ontario Electricity Rebate.”

Changes to Eligibility Requirements and New Customer Notice Requirements

Included in this revised legislation are new eligibility requirements.  Consumers with demand of 50 kilowatts or less or annual consumption of 250,000 kilowatt hours or less, farms, and licensed long-term care homes (other than where the electricity account is also in respect of a hospital) remain eligible. Certain types of multi-unit complexes are specifically excluded from eligibility, such as hospitals, universities, trailer parks and hotels.

What you need to do by January 312020

  • If your business/organization was receiving the 8% electricity rebate on October 22, 2019 and do meet the revised eligibility requirements, you will continue to receive the (increased) rebate as long as you provide the required notice to your hydro company, Wellington North Power Inc., by January 31, 2020. If you do not provide the notice, you will stop getting the rebate on January 312020.
  • If your business/organization was receiving the 8% electricity rebate on October 22, 2019 but do not satisfy the revised eligibility requirements, you will continue to receive the (increased) rebate until October 31, 2020, as long as you provide the required notice to your hydro company, Wellington North Power Inc., by January 31, 2020. If you do not provide the notice, you will stop getting the rebate on January 31, 2020.
  • For multi-unit complexes that were receiving the rebate immediately before November 1, 2019 and your business/organization meets the revised eligibility requirements, you will need to provide the required notice to your hydro company, Wellington North Power Inc., by January 31, 2020 in order to ensure the uninterrupted application of the rebate.

What is the “required notice”?

The “required notice” is completion of the Ontario Electricity Rebate Eligibility Form