The Government of Ontario introduced a new Ontario Electricity Rebate (OER) to allow consumers to see the full value of the rebate they’re receiving. The on-bill rebate will reduce the pre-HST costs on eligible customers’ bills by 18.9% (new rate as of May 1, 2021). 

Who is eligible?

Eligible customers include residential, small business, farms, long-term care homes and some multi-unit complexes, if they meet certain criteria. Also commercial customers that use greater than 50kW, but less than 250,000 kilowatt hours annually, are automatically eligible.

Residential and small business customers don't need to apply and will automatically receive the new OER.

The OER replaced the 8% Provincial Rebate and Fair Hydro Plan. However, the OER has different eligibility requirements than the former 8% Provincial Rebate. This means that even if you were previously eligible, you may be required to re-declare eligibility to continue receiving financial assistance. 

OER Self-Declaration Form

Who is not eligible?

Certain types of large-volume multi-unit complexes will be ineligible for the new OER, including hospitals, universities, colleges and any multi-unit complexes that have fewer than 50% residential units (as provided for under regulation), such as a large commercial building.

Eligibility to receive the OER is defined under the Ontario Rebate for Electricity Consumers Act, 2016.