Ontario Electricity Support Program

OESP eligibility to be expanded March 2024

More Ontarians will be eligible to receive support from the OESP, thanks to Ontario’s plan to increase the program's income eligibility thresholds. For more information, read the Government of Ontario’s backgrounder.

 

We offer programs to help lower-income customers with their electricity bills. One of them is the Ontario Electricity Support Program (OESP). It provides an ongoing monthly credit directly on qualified consumers’ electricity bills.

Do you qualify?

If you’re a customer of an electricity utility and have a total household income that falls below a certain limit, you may qualify for a reduction on your electricity bill through the OESP. It’s also available to people living in homes that have sub-meters (apartments, condos, co-ops and trailers, for example) where each unit has an individual meter and the resident's electricity bill comes from a company other than their utility.

You must apply for this program.

See if you qualify for the OESP

If you’re eligible for the OESP, an ongoing credit is applied to your electricity bill. Learn more and complete the application on the Ontario Electricity Support Program website.

What support is available?

The amount of the credit depends on 2 factors:

  • How many people live in the home
  • Your combined household income 

For example, a home with 4 people and an annual income of $37,000 will receive an on-bill credit of $51 each month. This chart shows the different credit amounts.

OESP credit amounts

Level of household income ($)Number of people living in home
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Less than 28,000$45$45$51$57$63$75$75
28,001 – 39,000 $40$45$51$57$63$75
39,001 – 48,000  $35$40$45$51$57
48,001 – 52,000    $35$40$45

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.   
     

How to apply

Step 1: Gather information

  • Your electricity bill
  • Names and birthdates of all the residents in your home as registered with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)
  • Social Insurance Numbers (SINs), Individual Tax Numbers or temporary taxation numbers for all household members who are 18 and older.

Step 2: Complete the application

There are 3 ways to apply:

  • Online – Apply now at OntarioElectricitySupport.ca and mail the consent form to the address on the OESP website. (the CRA needs your consent to verify your income). This is the fastest way to apply.
  • On Paper – Complete the application and sign the consent forms (the CRA needs your consent to verify your income). Mail them back to the address on the OESP website. You can download the documents from OntarioElectricitySupport.ca
  • Through an Intake Agency – Contact a designated intake agency near you if you would like help with your application. There is no cost for this service. Find an agency near you.
  • Note: If you have not filed an income tax return recently, or if your situation has changed since you last filed, you must apply for OESP through an intake agency. You’ll need to bring all of the documents listed in step 1 above, plus proof of your household income.

What happens after you apply?

We’ll let you know if you qualify for OESP about 4 to 6 weeks after your completed application and signed consent forms have been received. If you qualify, the credit will appear directly on your electricity bill in about 6 to 8 weeks after you have been approved. You will receive OESP credits on your bill for 2 years before having to reapply.

Other programs to help low-income consumers

If you qualify for OESP, you may also be qualified to apply for emergency financial assistance grants through the Low-income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP), should you need them and if funds are available. LEAP is for eligible low-income electricity and natural gas customers.

Rules to protect low-income customers

Electricity utilities, unit sub-meter providers and rate regulated natural gas utilities follow customer service rules specific to low-income customers. These include waiving security deposits, and allowing longer payment times under arrears payment plans. See how they might help you.

Have questions?

Note: The Ontario Energy Board administers the program while the Ministry of Energy provides financial and program oversight. 

Phone: 1-855-831-8151      
TTY: 1-800-855-1155 (TTY to TTY)      
Website: OntarioElectricitySupport.ca      
Email: help@OntarioElectricitySupport.ca      
Hours of operation: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Mailing address:      
Ontario Electricity Support Program      
PO Box 1540, Station B      
Ottawa, ON      
K1P 0C7