Electricity retailer licence

Section 57(d) of the Ontario Energy Board Act, 1998 provides that no person is permitted to retail electricity without a licence.

Retail, with respect to electricity, means:

(a) to sell or offer to sell electricity to a consumer;
(b) to act as agent or broker for a retailer with respect to the sale or offering for sale of electricity; or
(c) to act or offer to act as an agent or broker for a consumer with respect to the sale or offering for sale of electricity.

For each licence application filed with the OEB, the applicant must submit a non-refundable application fee of:

  • $1000 for applicants applying for a new electricity retailer licence;
    OR
  • $200 for applicants applying to renew their electricity retailer licence and have paid their annual registration fee.

A licensee must pay an annual registration fee for every year of its licence. The annual registration fee for an electricity retailer is $800.

Online Licence Application Form

The OEB has launched a new, online portal for filing licence applications, a key commitment in the OEB’s Digital First strategy. The portal is now open to file Electricity Retailer licence applications online and use a new e-payment service. Note: as of July 19, 2022, PDF application forms will no longer be accepted.

Current licensees (July 19, 2022): An account has been created for your Primary Licence Contact to access the portal. The Primary Licence Contact will receive an email from OEB Webmaster asking for a password to be created. Please do this step right away to complete the registration.

For questions about the application filing process, contact IndustryRelations@oeb.ca

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Licensees must comply with the OEB's Retail Settlement Code, the Electricity Retailer Code of Conduct, and all other conditions set out in their licence.

For a list of active licensees and a list of current applicants, click on the links below:

If you require an amendment to your electricity retailer licence, please use the following link for more information about applications for licence amendments.