Expanded Eligibility to the Ontario Electricity Rebate (OER)

Download the English version: OER_Eligibility_Form_2022_EN.pdf

Télécharger la version française: OER_Eligibility_Form_2022-FR.pdf

What is the Ontario Electricity Rebate?

 

The Ontario Electricity Rebate (OER) provides eligible customers with a 17% reduction on the amount of their bill before HST.

 

Who qualifies for the OER?

Large volume farm businesses, licensed long-term care homes or multi-unit complexes that are predominantly residential (such as condominium and apartment buildings) which have a demand for electricity greater than 50kW and use more than 250,000 kWh a year may be eligible to receive the rebate.

Residential and small commercial customers (billed under a Residential or General Service Energy rate class) using less than 50 kW and commercial accounts that are greater than 50 kW but use less than 250,000 kWh annually automatically qualify.

 

NEW - Expanded OER eligibility

 

If your account is not already automatically eligible as outlined above, please review the following expanded eligibility requirements.

 

Effective July 1, 2022 (O. Reg. 216/22), the OER eligibility criteria will be expanded to capture three additional types of customer accounts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A “common element” of an eligible multi-unit complex

Accounts that are at least partly in relation to any common elements of a multi-unit complex and that exceed the demand and use thresholds will qualify, as long as the complex is predominantly residential (specifically, the complex must contain at least two “qualifying units”, and at least 50% of the units in the complex must be qualifying units).

 

Retirement residences

The amendments add retirement residences to the list of eligible accounts. These are multi-unit complexes (other than long-term care homes, which were already eligible) where at least 50% of the units are occupied or intended to be occupied as a permanent residence by people aged 65 or older (who are not related to the operator of the complex), and where at least six people aged 65 or older live.

 

Mobile home parks

Mobile home parks, as defined in the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006, are also added to the list of eligible accounts. Trailer parks (such as facilities for seasonal use rather than permanent residence) continue to be excluded.

 

To receive the OER, customers who qualify under the expanded eligibility requirements will need to submit a one-time notice to attest to their eligibility. Please complete the self-declaration form found here (version en français) and send it to Northern Ontario Wires Inc. via email to customercare@nowinc.ca. Customers are encouraged to submit the form before July 1, 2022, in order to benefit from the Ontario Electricity Rebate as early as possible.

Note: Some customers with accounts for common areas, retirement residences or mobile home parks may currently be receiving the OER under the legacy exemption set out in section 1.2 of the General Regulation, because they had been receiving the 8% Ontario Rebate for Electricity Consumer’s (OREC). Those customers will need to submit an OER Self-Declaration Form before the legacy exemption expires on October 31, 2022, to avoid any interruption in receiving OER.

Need help? If you have any questions regarding the expanded OER eligibility, please email us at customercare@nowinc.ca. It will be our pleasure to assist you.

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