The Ontario Electricity Rebate (OER) applies to most households, farms, long-term care homes and small businesses and automatically appears on bills as a separate line item.
These customers do not need to apply for the OER. Customers who do not automatically receive the OER but who meet the eligibility criteria must apply.
Who is Eligible to Receive the OER?
Beginning July 1, 2022, the eligibility rules for the OER are changing. In addition to most households, farms, and small businesses, accounts that meet the following criteria are also eligible:
- Have a monthly average demand for electricity of 50 kW or less;
- Consume less than 250,000 kWh per year;
- Carry on a business that is a farming business for the purposes of the Farm Registration and Farm Organizations Funding Act, 1993;
- Be a long-term care home; or
- Be solely a multi-unit complex, meeting the following requirements:
- The account is exceeding the demand and usage thresholds;
- The multi-unit complex contains at least two qualifying units;
- At least 50% of the units are qualifying units;
- A signed declaration form is submitted.
- Common areas in individually metered multi-unit complexes that contain at least 50 percent residential units, such as condominiums,
- Residential mobile home parks, and
- Retirement residences that are not long-term care homes, but do not meet eligibility criteria as a residential multi-unit complex.
If you have a large volume farm business, licensed long-term care home or a multi-unit complex which has demand for electricity greater than 50 KW and uses more than 250,000 kWh a year and you’re already receiving the OER, you do not need to reapply.