Ontario’s Long-Term Energy Plan is moving our province to clean sources of power while shutting down coal plants that pollute the air we breathe. Upgrading and modernizing our energy infrastructure is helping to provide reliable power to our homes and businesses. Building more clean energy is also creating thousands of jobs for Ontarians in a growing renewable energy industry, supplying the solar, wind, bio-energy and hydro-electric markets.

To help you with the increased costs of these essential investments during this period of transition, the Ontario government is providing a 10% rebate off your total electricity bill – including electricity costs, regulatory charges, the debt retirement charge and taxes.

You will receive the Ontario Clean Energy Benefit on every bill for the next five years as our province continues to build our clean energy future. The Ontario Clean Energy Benefit applies to electricity charges incurred as of January 1, 2011.

Through the 2010 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review, the government is taking action today to help Ontarians who are feeling the pinch of rising costs and electricity prices. The Ontario government is proposing direct relief through a new Ontario Clean Energy Benefit (OCEB).

For eligible consumers, the proposed OCEB would provide a benefit equal to 10 per cent of the total cost of electricity on their bills including tax, effective January 1, 2011. Due to the length of time required to amend bills, these price adjustments would appear on electricity bills no later than May 2011, and would be retroactive to January 1, 2011.

Eligible consumers include residential, farm, small business and other small users. The proposed OCEB would help over four million residential consumers and over 400,000 small businesses, farms, and other consumers with the transition to a reliable and cleaner electricity system as more investment in transmission and supply capacity is brought online to support the province.

The following table provides examples of the impact the proposed OCEB would have on monthly electricity bills.

Table 1
Benefits for Eligible Customers
(Monthly Consumption)
Current Estimated Monthly Bill Estimated Bill after Ontario Clean Energy Benefit Monthly Benefit1 (10%) Yearly Benefit1 (10%)
Typical Residential
800 kWh
$128 $115.20 $12.80 $153.60
Small Business
10,000 kWh
$1,430 $1,287 $143 $1,716
12,000 kWh
$1,710 $1,539 $171 $2,052
  • 1 Typical 2011 monthly benefit for a consumer. Benefit amount will vary based on actual price, consumption and location.
  • Source: Ontario Ministry of Energy.


Click here for a sample of how the Ontario Clean Energy Benefit might look on your bill (utility bills vary in style from community to community). Scroll down to see Frequently Asked Questions about the Ontario Clean Energy Benefit.

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