Hydro Rebates – Another Door Opens

You may have heard that the Ontario Clean Energy Benefit, a credit of 10% on your monthly electricity bill, is ending on December 31. But you know what they say – when one door closes … Lower income households in Ontario can now apply for the “Ontario Electricity Support Program” (OESP), in place of the earlier benefit that applied to all residential consumers.

“The OESP will reduce the cost of your household electricity by applying a monthly credit directly to your local utility bill. The credit amount will depend on how many people live in your home and your combined household income.”

Applications are accepted online through the Ontario Energy Board website (https://ontarioelectricitysupport.ca) and by mail (forms can be downloaded). There is a special link on the web page to quickly find out if your household qualifies by entering the number of occupants and total household income. The calculator provides an estimate of the monthly credit you can receive.

A number of Innisfil residents can benefit from this program. According to the last census data (2010), about 10% of Innisfil’s population was considered to be low-income status, and about 24% of Innisfil residents ranked in the bottom third of household incomes.

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