Ontario extends electricity rate relief for families, farm, and small businesses until May 31

MPP Jim McDonell shakes the hand of Premier Doug Ford, last spring in Cornwall. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

ONTARIO — The Ontario government is extending emergency electricity rate relief to families, farms and small businesses until May 31, during the COVID-19 outbreak. Customers who pay time-of-use electricity rates will continue to be billed at the lowest price, known as the off-peak price, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This electricity rate relief, initially provided for a 45-day period starting on March 24, has been extended by an emergency order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. The rate relief is intended to be in place for an additional 24 days.

“During this extraordinary period, many people are struggling to pay the bills as they do the right thing by staying at home, as well as our farmers and those whose businesses have closed or suffered reduced customer traffic,” said Premier Doug Ford. “Although we are making progress in our fight against this COVID-19 outbreak, we are not out of the woods yet. The extension of this electricity rate relief will leave more money in people’s pockets until businesses can start to reopen and people can get back to work.”

“Our Government will continue to look at all ways to minimize the impact on Ontarians and help them make the sacrifices necessary to reduce the spread of COVID-19,” said MPP Jim McDonell.

On the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Ontario government is also extending all emergency orders that have been put in place to-date under s.7.0.2 (4) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act until May 19. The emergency orders include:

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