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) is intended to allow consumers to see the full value of the rebate they’re receiving. Effective November 1, 2021, the OER reduces the pre-HST costs on customers’ bills by 17,0%.

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.

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. 

Customers who are eligible to participate in ICI include:

  • Account(s) with an average monthly peak demand greater than 500 kW and less than 1 MW are eligible to opt-in to the ICI dependent on their NAICS code. In order to be eligible NAICS code must commence with the digits “31”, “32”, “33” or “114”.
  • Account(s) with an average monthly peak demand greater than 1MW and less than or equal to 5MW are eligible to opt-in to the ICI.
  • Account(s) with an average monthly peak demand greater than 5MW are automatically considered Class A customers and must opt-out if they choose not to participate in the ICI.

Separate load facilities cannot be aggregated in order for a customer to qualify as Class A (even if they are under the same ownership).

For additional information and resources, visit the Industrial Conservation Initiative (ICI) page.

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