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Emergency Orders:
The Ontario government, on June 2, extended its Declaration of Emergency under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act until June 30, 2020.   The declaration will allow Ontario to continue to enforce current emergency orders which have been in place since March 17. 

A full list of emergency orders can be found on the e-Laws website, under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.

Full details about Essential Services and the Provincial Reopening can be found here:  https://www.ontario.ca/page/list-essential-workplaces#section-6

Electricity Pricing and new Emergency Programs:
June 1, the provincial government announced several changes regarding energy pricing and programs:

  • New COVID-19 fixed price for hydro:  from June 1, 2020, until October 31, 2020, the fixed electricity price will be 12.8 cents per kilowatt-hour. 
  • Time-of-use electricity rates are extended until October 31, 2020.

In addition, two new energy programs were announced to support consumers and small businesses, as follows:

  • $8 million for the COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program for Small Business (CEAP-SB) to provide support to businesses struggling with bill payments as a result of the outbreak; and
  • $9 million for the COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) to support consumers struggling to pay their energy bills during the pandemic. CEAP will provide one-time payments to consumers to help pay down any electricity bill debt incurred over the COVID‑19 period. Applications will be available through local utilities in the upcoming months;

As well, the province committed to extending the Ontario Energy Board's winter disconnection ban until July 31, 2020, to ensure no one is disconnected from their natural gas or electricity service during the pandemic.

Dorothy McCabe, Government Relations Specialist, dmccabe@hrai.ca, 905-602-4700 ext 274.