The OEB's Strategic Blueprint: Keeping Pace with an Evolving Energy Sector, will serve as a roadmap that will guide the OEB’s work over the next five years. The Blueprint’s fresh direction combines the OEB’s current approach to consumer-centric regulation with a stronger emphasis on the new and different challenges ahead.
The OEB's business plans outline our key objectives and initiatives, and how we will achieve them and measure our progress. Copies of older Business Plans can be provided upon request.
- OEB Business Plan 2020-21 (pdf)
- OEB Business Plan 2019-22 (pdf)
- Letter from the Deputy Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines (pdf) (Mar 21, 2019)
- Letter from the Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines (pdf) (Apr 17, 2019)
- Letter to Regulated Entities and Other Stakeholders re Policy Initiatives (pdf) (Jun 19, 2019)
- Business Plan Balanced Scorecard Performance Audit (pdf) (Apr 21, 2020)
- OEB Business Plan 2018-21 (pdf)
- OEB Business Plan 2017-20 (pdf)
- OEB Business Plan 2016-19 (pdf)
- Audit Results of 2016-17 Business Plan Achievements (pdf) (Apr 27, 2017)
- OEB Business Plan 2015-18 (pdf)
- Letter to Stakeholders (pdf) (Oct 27, 2015)
- Audit Results of 2015-16 Business Plan Achievements (pdf) (May 13, 2016)
- OEB Business Plan 2014-17 (pdf)
- Letter to Stakeholders (pdf) (Aug 21, 2014)
- Audit Results of 2014-15 Business Plan Achievements (pdf) (May 14, 2015)
The OEB recovers its operating and capital costs through assessments to the natural gas and electricity market participants that it regulates. The cost assessment model is the approach used by the OEB to allocate costs.
- Cost Assessment Model (pdf) (effective April 1, 2018)
- Letter - Revisions to the Cost Assessment Model (pdf) (Mar 15, 2018)
- Cost Assessment Model (pdf) (effective Apr 1, 2016)
- Letter - Assessment for the Three Month Period from April 1 to June 30, 2016 (pdf) (Apr 1, 2016)
- Letter (pdf) (Feb 9, 2016)
- MNP Report - Cost Assessment Model Review (pdf) (Dec 11, 2015)
- Letter - Notice of Change to the 2015-16 Cost Assessment to Reflect Expanded OEB Mandate (pdf) (Jan 4, 2016)
- Cost Assessment Model (pdf) (effective Apr 1, 2013)
- Letter - Revisions to the Cost Assessment Model (pdf) (Mar 26, 2012)
- Cost Assessment Model (pdf) (effective Mar 2011)
- Letter - 2007-08 Annual Registration Fee for all Licensees (pdf) (dated Aug 15, 2007)
- Letter - 2006-07 Annual Registration Fee for all Licensees (pdf)
- Letter - Reduced licence fees for generators of less than or equal to 10.0 megawatts in capacity (pdf) (Sep 7, 2006, reposted Oct 31, 2006)
- Generator Capacity Exemption Form (less than or equal to 10 MW) - Annual Registration Fee Exemption (pdf) (2006-07)
- Letter - Ontario Energy Board's Licence Fee for Generator Licensees (pdf) (Jul 28, 2006)
- Letter - Generators of less than 5.0 megawatts in capacity are exempt from the annual registration fee (pdf) (dated Mar 20-06)
- Letter by Ontario Energy Board to all natural Gas and Electricity market participants in Ontario: “Regulatory Cost Allocation Survey and Recommendations” (pdf)
- Report by EES Consulting: “Regulatory Cost Allocation Survey and Recommendations” (pdf)
- Letter - Generators of less than 0.5 megawatts in capacity are exempt from the 2005 registration fee (pdf)
- Report on the Cost Assessment Model Development and Consultation Process (pdf)
- Consultations on the Cost Assessment Model:
- Possible Revisions to the OEB Cost Assessment Model (Jan 16, 2012)
- Read about the Proposed Revisions to the OEB Cost Assessment Model to reflect the Proposed Amendment to Ontario Regulation 16/08 (EB-2010-0362) (Dec 14, 2010)
- Read about the consultation on the OEB’s Cost Assessment Model (2005)
- Memorandum of Understanding Between the Minister of Energy and the Chair of the Ontario Energy Board
- Memorandum of Understanding Between the Ontario Energy Board and the Commissioner of Competition of the Competition Bureau
The Report with Respect to Decision-Making Processes at the OEB contains recommendations for the greater use of codes, rules and guidelines for policy making, in order to enhance how parties participate in hearings, and new approaches to settlement. Implementation of some of these recommendations may require changes to the OEB's Rules of Practice and Procedure. The Report also contains recommendations regarding the role of staff in hearings. These recommendations have been implemented.
- Letter to Stakeholders (pdf)
- Letter from Board Secretary (pdf)
- A Report with Respect to Decision-Making Processes at the OEB (pdf)
December 1, 2011 - The OEB initiated a process to develop a systematic framework to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of its policies. The OEB believes that an evaluation framework for Board policy could be an important tool to:
- assess whether the objectives of its policies have been met; and
- encourage continuous improvement (as on-going monitoring may reveal issues that can be addressed).
The Staff Report to the Board on the Proposed Evaluation Framework sets out the framework to achieve these goals.
The OEB posted a survey and report prepared by Elenchus Research Associates on behalf of the OEB. The survey looks at practices of regulators in other jurisdictions with regard to regulatory cost measures. The report presents its findings and makes recommendations to the OEB.
Disclosure of Travel and Hospitality Expenses
This section provides regular updates on the travel, meal and hospitality expense claims of Board Members, the COO, Vice-Presidents and the top five claimants within the OEB.
This section will show the person’s name and title, purpose of the trip(s), date and destination of the trip(s), names of government/agency attendees if applicable, plus a summary of expenses for relevant air fare, other transportation, accommodation, meals, hospitality and incidentals.
The OEB has been posting expense information since April 2010. Expense claims are reviewed prior to posting, by the Integrity Commissioner of Ontario.
Expense claim information for cabinet ministers and political staff as well as agency senior executives, appointees and the top five claimants of the designated agencies can be accessed through the Government of Ontario website as soon as possible after the claims are reviewed by the Integrity Commissioner.
All claims for reimbursement for travel and other expenses must comply with the principles and rules of the Travel, Meal and Hospitality Expenses Directive which is available on the Ministry of Government Services website.
The principles for reimbursement of expenses in the Directive include:
- Taxpayer dollars are used prudently and responsibly with a focus on accountability and transparency.
- Expenses for travel, meals and hospitality support government objectives.
- Plans for travel, meals, accommodation and hospitality are necessary and economical with due regard for health and safety.
All expense claims are subject to oversight and approval and are reimbursed only if the expense is appropriate and reasonable.
Information on this website was accurate at the time of posting.