Electricity wholesaler licence

Section 57(e) of the Ontario Energy Board Act, 1998 (OEB Act), provides that no person is permitted to purchase electricity or ancillary services in the IESO-administered markets or directly from a generator without a licence. Section 57(f) of the OEB Act provides that no person is permitted to sell electricity or ancillary services through the IESO-administered markets or directly to another person, other than a consumer, without a licence.

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 wholesaler licence;
  • $200 for applicants applying to renew their electricity wholesaler 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 wholesaler 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 Wholesaler 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 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 wholesaler licence, please use the following link for more information about applications for licence amendments.