On June 1, 2020, the Government of Ontario confirmed that it is making $9 million available for COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program (CEAP), to support residential customers struggling to pay their energy bills as a result of the COVID-19 emergency. By letter dated the same day, the Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines and the Associate Minister of Energy asked for the OEB’s support to implement CEAP, and to take action as necessary to ensure licensed electricity distributors, unit sub-meter providers (USMP) and natural gas distributors provide CEAP to their customers.
To support the implementation of CEAP, on June 16, 2020, the OEB issued a Decision and Order amending the licences of electricity distributors and unit sub-meter providers to require them to deliver CEAP to their eligible customers. The OEB also issued letters to four natural gas distributors setting out its expectations for their delivering CEAP to residential gas customers.
The OEB further issued a Decision and Order on June 18, 2020, amending the Independent Electricity System Operator’s Licence to require it to assist with the administration of CEAP.
The program will launch on July 13, 2020.