Eligibility for the Ontario Electricity Support Program Has Changed

Published Date
Monday, March 4, 2024

Now, more Ontarians qualify for the Ontario Electricity Support Program (OESP).

The Government of Ontario has changed the eligibility for the program as of March 1, 2024. Customers who were previously ineligible for the program may now be eligible based on the new thresholds.

If you’re the customer of an electricity utility and your household size and income meet certain levels, you may qualify for a reduction on your electricity bill through the OESP. It’s also available to people living in condominiums or apartments (multi-unit buildings and sometimes townhomes) where each unit has an individual meter and the resident's electricity bill comes from a company other than their utility, a Unit Sub-Meter Provider or USMP.

The amount of the credit depends on 2 factors:

  • How many people live in the home
  • The combined annual household after-tax income 

For example, a home with 4 people and an annual income of $65,000 will receive an on-bill credit of $40 each month.

Customers may receive higher monthly credits of between $52 to $113, based on unique eligibility that includes:

  • Indigenous customers or customers living with Indigenous family members
  • Customers using electric heating
  • Customers using certain electricity-intensive medical devices.

To learn more about the OESP, the updated thresholds and to apply please click here.