Ontario Electricity Time-of-Use Price Periods

Residential and small commercial customers  in Ontario pay Time-of-Use (TOU) rates for electricity. Under TOU, the price you pay for electricity depends on the time of day and day of week that you use it. 

Time-of-Use rates are set by the Ontario Energy Board and reviewed twice a year to coincide with the start of Winter (November 1 to April 30) and the Summer (May 1 to October 31). Starting May 1, 2020, Winter Time-of-Use periods will remain in effect.

In response to the outbreak of COVID-19, the Government of Ontario issued an Emergency Order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. As a result, starting on March 24, 2020 residential and small business customers on time-of-use (TOU) pricing will pay 10.1 ¢/kWh no matter what time of day the electricity is consumed, until May 31, 2020. This means that TOU customers will be paying the "off-peak" price throughout the day as long as the Emergency Order remains in place. For more information please visit the Ontario Energy Board website at oeb.ca.

Off peak price of 10.1 cents per kilowatt hour

How Does Time-of-Use Pricing Work?

Time-of-Use divides the day into three rate periods: off-peak, mid-peak and on-peak. The rate you pay for electricity in each of these periods, reflects the costs associated with generating electricity at that time of day. By shifting some of your activities from on-peak to off-peak periods - after 7 pm on weekdays, all weekend long and on statutory holidays - you will pay a lower price for electricity.

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