COVID-19 Virus

Helping customers and offering assistance

Recognizing the economic uncertainty for Ottawa residents associated with the current COVID-19 outbreak, Hydro Ottawa is taking measures to help customers:

  • On March 19, 2020, the Ontario Energy Board announced that effective immediately the provincial winter disconnection ban for residential customers, scheduled to end on April 30, 2020, is to be extended by an additional three months (July 31, 2020)
    • The OEB is also extending the disconnection ban to include all other low-volume customers, such as small business customers for reason of non-payment until  July 31, 2020.
  • As of March 18, 2020, Hydro Ottawa has made the decision to include all commercial customers in the disconnection ban.
  • Customers may request flexible payment plans in order to allow more time to pay outstanding balances on their account, if needed.  Contact us to discuss payment options.
    • Online:
    • Phone: 613-738-6400
      (Weekdays from 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. (excluding statutory holidays.)

Note: We are experiencing an increased amount of customer inquiries. Therefore you may have a longer wait time than usual on our telephone lines.

To protect our call centre personnel during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have temporarily reduced our business hours. Please note that our call centre will be closed every Saturday, until further notice. You can reach us by phone Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. or online at

We encourage you to continue using our online services that are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by visiting

We remain committed to delivering reliable services during these uncertain times, and thank you in advance for your understanding.

Temporary changes to Time-of-Use rates

On March 24, 2020, the provincial government announced a temporary 45-day emergency relief to support Ontarians impacted by the global COVID-19 outbreak. Please note that as of March 24, 2020, households, farms and small business who pay Time-of-Use electricity rates will pay the lowest rate or off-peak rate (10.1 cents/kWh) 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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

Keeping you informed

We continue to monitor the situation closely and will implement new measures as the situation progresses.

New developments or updates will be updated on this page, shared as a news release and posted on Twitter and Facebook.