OEB Innovation Sandbox support includes:
At any time, innovators may reach out to staff with questions about the OEB Innovation Sandbox, ideas for innovative products, services or business models, or ideas about a specific pilot project.
An informal and open dialogue between innovators and OEB staff may be used to, for example, clarify the regulatory framework, discuss any regulatory requirements that may be preventing a project from moving forward, or discuss the development of a pilot project. For innovators who request a meeting with OEB staff, a meeting will be held within 20 days of that request.
For projects that are sufficiently developed and well-defined, proponents will need to provide written information to support staff’s understanding of the scope and features of the pilot project. The more complete the information provided to OEB staff, the more efficient and timely the process.
A first step in accessing pilot project support is to engage in an initial discussion with OEB staff. Proponents seeking support will also be required to submit written information describing their proposed pilot and the support being sought. The OEB has provided a template for written proposals that proponents may use, although proponents may submit materials in another format of their choosing.
While some projects will require relief from an existing regulatory requirement, not all projects will need an explicit regulatory exemption. In order to distinguish between these two types of projects, the OEB has conceptualized two types of pilot project support:
Innovators that wish to use the Information Service may approach the OEB Innovation Sandbox and request a meeting at any time, without being bound by eligibility criteria.
Proponents that are interested in accessing Pilot Project Support must ensure their project meets the following eligibility criteria:
The OEB has provided a template for proposals that proponents may use. For proponents who prefer to submit their project proposals in another format, typical information the OEB would expect includes: scope, goals and expected outcomes of the proposed project: