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).
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.
Ontario Electricity Rebate
On November 1, 2019, the Government of Ontario introduced a rebate on electricity costs for residential, farm, and many small business consumers.
This rebate – known as the Ontario Electricity Rebate (OER) – replaced the bill reductions that eligible consumers were previously receiving. These were the 8% Provincial Rebate, which was equal to the provincial portion of the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST), as well as a bill reduction that was built into the price of electricity and wasn’t visible to consumers.
The (OER) is intended to allow consumers to see the full value of the rebate they’re receiving. The OER reduces the pre-HST costs on customers’ bills by 21.2%.
The rebate started to appear on bills that reflected services received after November 1, 2019. The rebate does not have an expiry date. You may be eligible to receive the Ontario Electricity Rebate. Eligibility to receive the rebate is defined under the Ontario Rebate for Electricity Consumers Act, 2016.
Read our Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about the Ontario Electricity Rebate.
In order to receive the rebate, you must have self-declared your eligibility by submitting a completed form to Hydro Ottawa by January 31, 2020.
Note: as part of this rebate program, there will also be a period of transition for consumers who are ineligible to receive the Ontario Electricity Rebate. Even if they are ineligible for the Ontario Electricity Rebate, consumers will receive a 21.2% rebate on their electricity costs for a limited period of time, provided that they had previously received a reduction on their bill.
The length of the transition period will depend on whether a consumer has completed and submitted their self-declaration form by January 31, 2020, as follows:
Transition period for consumers who are ineligible for the Ontario Electricity Rebate (OER)
|Self-declaration form received by January 31, 2020?||Transition period|
(during which consumers will receive the rebate)
|YES||November 1, 2019 – April 30, 2021|
|NO||November 1, 2019 – January 31, 2020|