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Ten Per Cent Relief On Electricity Bills Starts Today

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Ten Per Cent Relief On Electricity Bills Starts Today

McGuinty Government Helping Families With Energy Costs, Increasing Consumer Protections

Ministry of Energy

The McGuinty government is helping families by providing 10 per cent off their electricity bills with the new Ontario Clean Energy Benefit. Strong new rules and safeguards will also protect Ontarians from unfair practices by energy retailers.

Ontario's Long-Term Energy Plan is moving the province to clean sources of power while shutting down coal plants that pollute the air we breathe. Upgrading and modernizing Ontario's energy infrastructure is helping to provide reliable power to homes and businesses and is creating thousands of jobs for Ontarians in the growing clean energy sector.

To make this transition a bit easier for families, the Ontario government is providing 10 per cent off electricity bills for the next five years. Starting this month, households, farms and small businesses will automatically receive the Ontario Clean Energy Benefit.

Also starting January 1, all energy retailers are required to follow strong new rules under the Energy Consumer Protection Act. This includes offering a comparison of a contract price to the price offered by the local utility company. The new rules will ensure consumers receive accurate information from energy retailers before signing a contract, and will limit consumer penalties and fees when a contract is cancelled.

Helping Ontario families and businesses, while building a clean energy economy and creating jobs is an important part of the McGuinty government's Open Ontario Plan to attract investment and provide cleaner air for our children and grandchildren.

Quick Facts

  • An average household can expect to save approximately $150 each year through the Ontario Clean Energy Benefit.
  • The expanded Ontario Energy and Property Tax Credit is putting up to $900 per year back into the pockets of low- to middle-income families and up to $1,025 for seniors, for a total of $1.2 billion over three years.
  • The Northern Ontario Energy Credit is providing up to $200 per family and up to $130 for single people to help with home energy costs. The more than half of all Northerners who qualify must apply by June 30, 2011 to receive the 2010 credit.

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“The McGuinty government is helping Ontario families as we make important investments to clean up our air and keep the lights on in our homes and businesses. The Clean Energy Benefit will provide Ontarians with 10 per cent off their electricity bills and new rules for energy retailers will help protect Ontarians from unfair practices.”

Hon. Brad Duguid

Minister of Energy

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