Ontario Electricity Support Program
BY MPP Yasir Naqvi
As the New Year gets underway I want to take a moment to remind you about the new Ontario Electricity Support Program (OESP). The program provides assistance directly to eligible low-income electricity consumers.
For many low-income Ontarians, paying the monthly electricity bill can be a major and ongoing challenge. The OESP is an Ontario Energy Board (OEB) program that lowers electricity bills for low-income households. The OESP provides a monthly credit applied directly to the bill for eligible customers.
Eligibility for the new program is based on two criteria:
• Household income
• Number of people in your household
Based on income level and household size, those qualified can receive a predetermined credit on their electricity bills, ranging from $20 to $50 per month. For example, a family of four with an annual income of less than $28,000, would be eligible for a $38 monthly credit – a total of about $455 per year.
Levels of Support
Stepped sliding scale – benefit level Household size
1 person 2 persons 3 persons 4 persons 5 persons 6 persons 7+ persons
Income bracket < $28,000 $20 $30 $34 $38 $42 $46 $50 $28,001 - $39,000 - - $30 $34 $38 $42 $46 $39,001 - $48,000 - - - - $30 $34 $38 $48,001 - $52,000 - - - - - - $30 Applications can be submitted in several different ways: • Online at www.ontarioelectricitysupport.ca • In person - at one of 152 of social service agency locations across the province • Via a mailed application form. Forms can be downloaded from the website or requested by phone from the OESP hotline: 1-855-831-8151. It is important to note that there is no deadline to apply to the program – program participants will receive the credit on their bills for two years (or for five years if they are seniors or receiving a CPP disability pension) before needing to re-apply. The application process launched in early November 2015 and the OEB has seen a steady rate of applications submitted daily since then. Over 40,000 applications have been submitted to date. I hope you take advantage of this great program and submit yours too!