Ontario Government Extends Electricity Rate Relief During COVID-19

Residential, farm and small business customers continue to benefit from temporary relief measure

Government has also decided to extend “Emergency Orders” for Playgrounds and a Host of Other Locations and Activities.        See Details Below

A COVID-19 Update from the Office of the Ontario Premier

Posted May 6th, 2020 on Niagara At Large

TORONTO — The Ontario government is extending emergency electricity rate relief to families, farms and small businesses until May 31, 2020 during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Customers who pay time-of-use electricity rates will continue to be billed at the lowest price, known as the off-peak price, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

This electricity rate relief, initially provided for a 45-day period starting on March 24, 2020, has been extended by an emergency order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. The rate relief is intended to be in place for an additional 24 days.  

“During this extraordinary period, many people are struggling to pay the bills as they do the right thing by staying at home, as well as our farmers and those whose businesses have closed or suffered reduced customer traffic,” said Premier Doug Ford.

Safety Warning signs like this will remain posted at playgrounds and a host of other places across Ontario for at least a little while longer

“Although we are making progress in our fight against this COVID-19 outbreak, we are not out of the woods yet. The extension of this electricity rate relief will leave more money in people’s pockets until businesses can start to reopen and people can get back to work.”

On the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Ontario government is also extending all emergency orders that have been put in place to-date under s.7.0.2 (4) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act until May 19, 2020.

The emergency orders include (click on each title below for more details):

Closure of Establishments

Prohibiting Organized Public Events, Certain Gatherings

Work Deployment Measures for Health Care Workers

Drinking Water Systems and Sewage Works

Electronic Service

Work Deployment Measures in Long-Term Care Homes

Electricity Price for RPP Consumers

Closure of Places of Non-Essential Businesses

Traffic Management

Streamlining Requirements for Long-Term Care Homes

Prohibition on Certain Persons Charging Unconscionable Prices for Sales of Necessary Good

Closure of Outdoor Recreational Amenities

Enforcement of Orders

Work Deployment Measures for Boards of Health

Work Deployment Measures in Retirement Homes

Access to COVID-19 Status Information by Specified Persons

Service Agencies Providing Services and Supports to Adults with Developmental Disabilities

Pickup and Delivery of Cannabis

Signatures in Wills and Powers of Attorney

Use of Force and Firearms in Policing Services

Child Care Fees

Agreements Between Health Service Providers and Retirement Homes

Temporary Health or Residential Facilities

Closure of Public Lands for Recreational Camping

Work Deployment Measures for Service Agencies Providing Violence Against Women Residential Services and Crisis Line Services

Limiting Work to a Single Long-Term Care Home

Work Deployment Measures for District Social Services Administration Boards

Deployment of Employees of Service Provider Organizations

Work Deployment Measures for Municipalities

Limiting Work to a Single Retirement Home

Work Deployment Measures for Mental Health and Addictions Agencies

Congregate Care Settings

Access to Personal Health Information by Means of the Electronic Health Record

Global Adjustment for Market Participants and Consumers

Certain Persons Enabled to Issue Medical Certificates of Death

Hospital Credentialing Processes

Quick Facts

The Government of Ontario declared a provincial emergency on March 17, 2020 under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. This declaration of emergency was last extended on April 14, 2020 and is currently in effect until May 12, 2020.

There are approximately five million residential consumers, farms and some small businesses billed using time-of-use (TOU) electricity prices under the Regulated Price Plan.

The current off-peak Time of Use electricity rate is 10.1 cents per kilowatt hour for Regulated Price Plan customers.

Additional Resources

Visit Ontario’s website to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.

Learn more about Ontario’s Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19.

Emergency information and orders

For public inquiries, call ServiceOntario at 1-866-532-3161 (toll-free in Ontario only).

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