Important Notice – Time of Use electricity rates

Effective June 1, 2020, the provincial government introduced the COVID-19 Recovery Rate.

Households, farms and small business customers that pay time-of-use (TOU) electricity rates, will be billed at the fixed rate of 12.8 cents per kWh 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The fixed electricity price will be in place from June 1 to October 31, 2020. Winter time-of-use (TOU) periods will also remain in effect.

For more information, please refer to the Ontario Energy Board TOU electricity rates page.

Prices effective June 1, 2020

Off-Peak: 12.8 cents/kWhMid-Peak: 12.8 cents/kWhOn-Peak: 12.8 cents/kWh

With Time-of-Use (TOU) prices, customers pay prices that generally reflect the relative value of electricity supply at different times of the day. There are three TOU periods – on-peak, mid-peak and off-peak. Prices are highest during on-peak, lower during mid-peak and lowest during off-peak. TOU prices encourage households and small businesses to use electricity during lower-cost time periods.

TOU prices are set to be cheapest when demand is lower: during the evenings, on weekends and on holidays. When demand is lower, most of the electricity we use comes from power sources such as nuclear generators and large hydroelectric stations. These sources, which are designed to run all of the time, are referred to as “baseload” power.

As daytime begins, more people and businesses turn on their lights, appliances and devices. As the increased demand exhausts all available baseload power, the province turns to sources that generally cost more, such as natural gas-fired plants that can be called into action quickly to meet rising demand. Renewable sources, such as solar and wind, contribute to our supply needs when they are available.

TOU price periods are different in the summer than they are in the winter.

Your electricity bill includes the costs for the electricity that you use (billed at TOU rates), the services your local utility provides and some other costs. Find out more about the other charges that appear on your bill.

Winter periods effective June 1, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 impact on customers with respect to social distancing  and working from home arrangements, the provincial government introduced the following temporary rate-relief measures for Time-of-Use customers:

May 1 – May 31:

Off-peak rate of 10.1 cents/kWh, 24 hours a day, seven days a week (including weekends and holidays)

June 1 – October 31:

A fixed rate of 12.8 cents/kWh, 24 hours a day, seven days a week (including weekends and holidays included).

  • Off-Peak (7 p.m. to 7 a.m. and all day weekends and holidays)
  • Mid-Peak (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
  • On-Peak (7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.)

Winter Weekdays (November 1 to April 30)

Summer Weekdays (May 1 to October 31)

During the summer, people use electricity more during the hottest part of the day, when air conditioners are running on high.

  • Off-Peak (7 p.m. to 7 a.m. and all day weekends and holidays)
  • Mid-Peak (7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.)
  • On-Peak (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Summer Weekdays (May 1 to October 31)

Weekends and Holidays

Electricity used on weekends and holidays is charged the off-peak price during both the winter and summer periods. Here are the holidays when off-peak prices are in effect.

If a holiday falls on a weekend, the following weekday will have off-peak prices in effect all day. Easter Monday is not a holiday recognized by the OEB for the purposes of calculating electricity consumption at off-peak pricing, and therefore regular Time-of-Use prices apply on this day.


Day of off-peak pricingHoliday
Wednesday, January 1New Year’s Day
Monday, February 17Family Day
Friday, April 10Good Friday
Monday, May 18Victoria Day
Wednesday, July 1Canada Day
Monday, August 3Civic Holiday
Monday, September 7Labour Day
Monday, October 12Thanksgiving Day
Friday, December 25Christmas Day
Monday, December 28

Boxing Day

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