If you own or manage a building that has multiple residences, but only one meter, you have the opportunity to extend your "conservation threshold" through the Regulated Price Plan (RPP) and receive the 8% Provincial Rebate.
Regulated Price Plan (RPP)
You may apply to receive an allowance of 1,000 kWh per month during a winter season (November 1 to April 30) and 600 kWh per month during a summer season (May 1 to October 31) for each of your residential units.
This is a self-certification process and you must notify Hydro Ottawa of the number of qualifying units in your establishment by completing and submitting a Declaration Form.
In order to qualify, the account must relate to:
- A property as defined in the Condominium Act, 1998;
- A residential complex as defined in the Tenant Protection Act, 1997; or
- A property that is owned or leased by a co-operative as defined in the Co-operative Corporation Act.
Below you will find a few examples of premises that do not qualify:
- Storage facilities, for example mini-storage facilities, would not qualify as units because there is no tenant living there using the full range of facilities.
- Motels would not qualify except perhaps if there are long term rental rooms similar to rooming houses.
- Office buildings with multiple tenants, for example a real estate office has several agents, each with their own 'office' would not qualify, again because they would not be living there and using the full range of facilities.
- Individually metered common areas such as halls, lighting, laundry and pool/health club services would not qualify because there is no tenant.
8% Provincial Rebate
You may qualify for the 8% Provincial Rebate. This rebate is equal to the provincial portion of the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) on electricity bills.
If you previously provided Hydro Ottawa with a self-declaration form to be exempted from the Debt Retirement Charge (DRC) or to receive the Ontario Clean Energy Benefit (OCEB), you will automatically be enrolled to receive this rebate. If your status has changed since you provided those forms, however, you must notify Hydro Ottawa of that change as it may affect your eligibility to receive the 8% rebate.
If you did not qualify for previous exceptions or credits you may still be eligible to receive the rebate. You must self-declare your eligibility. If you qualify, we will retroactively credit your account for bills issued within two years from the date you provided us with the self-declaration form to a maximum effective date of January 1, 2017. The rebate does not have an expiry date.