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 17.0% (new rate as of November 1, 2021). 

Who is eligible?

Residential and small business customers will automatically receive the OER.

Other eligible customers include 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. 

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.