Programs to Reduce Electricity Costs for Consumers

Ontario’s 8% Provincial Rebate

On January 1, 2017, your electricity costs will go down by 8%.

Ontario is reducing electricity costs by rebating an amount equal to the provincial portion of the HST on your monthly hydro bill. That’s an 8% rebate for Ontario families, and on average will mean $130 more in your pocket each year.

Your local distribution company will implement these savings onto your bill by July 1, 2017. Applicable savings will be retroactive to January 1, 2017.

Ontario Electricity Support Program

The Ontario Electricity Support Program provides up to $50 in monthly credits directly on the bills of eligible low-income electricity consumers, and up to $75 for those with unique electricity requirements.

Rural or Remote Rate Protection

The Rural or Remote Rate Protection (RRRP) is a program that provides a rate subsidy to rural and remote residential customers who are faced with higher distribution costs compared to urban areas. RRRP is provided to low density rural residential customers served by Hydro One, to customers of Algoma Power, off-grid communities served by Hydro One Remote Communities, and three James Bay communities connected to the grid (Fort Albany, Attawapiskat and Kashechewan).

To help offset higher costs, the amount of rate protection available to approximately 330,000 eligible Hydro One rural customers living in low-density areas has been increased starting January 1, 2017. When combined with the 8% rebate, based on the typical rural customers’ usage of 1,000 kwhs per month, customers will see savings of approximately $540 per year or $45 per month.

Ontario Energy and Property Tax Credit

The Ontario Energy and Property Tax Credit is delivered as part of the Ontario Trillium Benefit, provides low- to moderate-income people with up to $227 for the 2017 benefit year to help with sales tax on home energy.

Northern Ontario Energy Credit

The Northern Ontario Energy Credit is delivered as part of the Ontario Trillium Benefit, provides individuals living in northern Ontario with a credit of up to $148 per year for the 2017 benefit year, and families up to $227.

saveONenergy for Home Conservation Programs (including Home Assistance Program for low income customers)

The saveONenergy for Home Conservation Programs are offered by local distribution companies, these programs provide financial incentives for electricity-saving measures like LED light bulbs, ENERGY STAR certified ceiling fans, baseboard programmable thermostats, clotheslines, and advanced power bars. An average household could save $80 in annual electricity costs by replacing incandescent light bulbs with ENERGY STAR LED bulbs and by installing an energy efficient central air conditioner.