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 appears on bills that reflect services received after November 1, 2019. The rebate does not have an expiry date.
Read our Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about the Ontario Electricity Rebate.
Did you know? Residential customers automatically qualify for the OER and don’t need to sign up to receive the credit. It appears on your bill each month.
Eligibility to receive the rebate is defined under the Ontario Rebate for Electricity Consumers Act, 2016.
Business, institutional and industrial customers may also qualify for the OER. Businesses with a demand of less than 50 kilowatts automatically qualify.
If you did not qualify for previous exceptions or credits, you may still be eligible to receive the OER. Multi-Unit Residential Buildings that do not have individually metered units may also be eligible. If you own an apartment building or condominium that is not individually metered, you must self-declare your eligibility.
The OER is determined by the base amount that appears on your bill. A complete list of eligibility requirements may be found on the OER Self-Declaration Form.
Industrial Conservation Initiative (ICI)
The Industrial Conservation Initiative (ICI) is a demand response program aimed at shifting large electricity users’ consumption to off-peak hours. This allows these customers to manage their global adjustment (GA) costs by reducing demand during peak periods.
All customers with a peak demand under 5 MW must opt-in to take part in the ICI program.