Province Announces Assistance For Electricity Consumers Having Trouble Paying Their Bill
The province announced that it will continue to support consumers by helping those struggling to pay their energy bills as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Details of the new programs were announced by Premier Doug Ford this afternoon which includes:
- $9 million to support consumers struggling to pay their energy bills during the pandemic. The program will provide one-time payments to consumers to help pay down any electricity bill debt incurred over the COVID‑19 period.
- $8 million for the COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program for Small Business struggling with bill payments as a result of the outbreak; and
- An extension of the Ontario Energy Board's winter disconnection ban until July 31, 2020
The government recently announced that it will continue the suspension of time-of-use electricity rates and customers will be billed based on a new fixed COVID-19 Recovery Rate of 12.8 cents per kilowatt hour.