Historical electricity rates

COVID-19 UPDATE - New electricity pricing for TOU customers begins June 1

To support families, small businesses and farms while Ontario plans for the safe and gradual reopening of the province, the Government of Ontario has introduced a new fixed electricity price of 12.8 ¢/kWh for customers that are on time-of-use (TOU) prices. Starting June 1, 2020, that price applies to electricity used at all hours of the day, seven days a week. Having the same price apply at all hours of the day is a more predictable way to pay for power at a time when Ontarians continue to work and learn from home.

 

Time-of-use (TOU) rates

The following table and chart track time-of-use electricity rates since 2006. Under time-of-use rates, the amount you pay depends on when you use electricity.

* Effective November 1, 2019, with changes in legislation, customers will see an increase in the prices on the Electricity line of their bills as prices will once again closely reflect the forecast cost of electricity supply. The government added an expanded rebate providing bill relief (the Ontario Electricity Rebate) will be applied to customers’ bills and reduce the pre-HST amount of the bill. The rebate will largely offset the price changes on the Electricity line. For more information, visit the Ontario government website.

Effective date Off-peak price
(¢ per kWh)
Mid-peak price
(¢ per kWh)
On-peak price
(¢ per kWh)
Jun 1, 2020 12.8 12.8 12.8
Mar 24, 2020 10.1 10.1 10.1
Nov 1, 2019
(* see note above)
10.1 14.4 20.8
May 1, 2019 6.5 9.4 13.4
May 1, 2018 6.5 9.4 13.2
Jul 1, 2017 6.5 9.5 13.2
May 1, 2017 7.7 11.3 15.7
Nov 1, 2016 8.7 13.2 18.0
May 1, 2016 8.7 13.2 18.0
Nov 1, 2015 8.3 12.8 17.5
May 1, 2015 8.0 12.2 16.1
Nov 1, 2014 7.7 11.4 14.0
May 1, 2014 7.5 11.2 13.5
Nov 1, 2013 7.2 10.9 12.9
May 1, 2013 6.7 10.4 12.4
Nov 1, 2012 6.3 9.9 11.8
May 1, 2012 6.5 10 11.7
Nov 1, 2011 6.2 9.2 10.8
May 1, 2011 5.9 8.9 10.7
Nov 1, 2010 5.1 8.1 9.9
May 1, 2010 5.3 8.0 9.9
Nov 1, 2009 4.4 8.0 9.3
May 1, 2009 4.2 7.6 9.1
Nov 1, 2008 4.0 7.2 8.8
May 1, 2008 2.7 7.3 9.3
Nov 1, 2007 3.0 7.0 8.7
May 1, 2007 3.2 7.2 9.2
Nov 1, 2006 3.4 7.1 9.7
May 1, 2006 3.5 7.5

10.5

 

 

Tiered rates

The following table and chart tracks tiered electricity rates. Time-of-use rates started to replace tiered rates for households and small businesses in 2005. Under tiered rates, customers are charged two rates for electricity: a lower rate for the electricity used up to a certain limit, and a second, higher rate for all additional use.

* Effective November 1, 2019, with changes in legislation, customers will see an increase in the prices on the Electricity line of their bills as prices will once again closely reflect the forecast cost of electricity supply. The government added an expanded rebate providing bill relief (the Ontario Electricity Rebate) will be applied to customers’ bills and reduce the pre-HST amount of the bill. The rebate will largely offset the price changes on the Electricity line. For more information, visit the Ontario government website.

May 1, 2020 - Due to COVID-19, winter tier prices and thresholds remain in place until further notice. By keeping the winter threshold in place, customers have an additional 400kWh/month available at the lower price. Read more

Effective date Lower tier price
(¢ per kWh)
Residential threshold
for lower tier price
(kWh per month)
Higher tier price
(¢ per kWh)
May 1, 2020 11.9 1,000 13.9
Nov 1, 2019
(* see note above)
11.9 1,000 13.9
May 1, 2019 7.7 600 8.9
May 1, 2018 7.7 600 (Summer)
1,000 (Winter)
8.9
Jul 1, 2017 7.7 600 (Summer)
1,000 (Winter)
9.0
May 1, 2017 9.1 600 10.6
Nov 1, 2016 10.3 1,000 12.1
May 1, 2016 10.3 600 12.1
Nov 1, 2015 9.9 1,000 11.6
May 1, 2015 9.4 600 11.0
Nov 1, 2014 8.8 1,000 10.3
May 1, 2014 8.6 600 10.1
Nov 1, 2013 8.3 1,000 9.7
May 1, 2013 7.8 600 9.1
Nov 1, 2012 7.4 1,000 8.7
May 1, 2012 7.5 600 8.8
Nov 1, 2011 7.1 1,000 8.3
May 1, 2011 6.8 600 7.9
Nov 1, 2010 6.4 1,000 7.4
May 1, 2010 6.5 600 7.5
Nov 1, 2009 5.8 1,000 6.7
May 1, 2009 5.7 600 6.6
Nov 1, 2008 5.6 1,000 6.5
May 1, 2008 5.0 600 5.9
Nov 1, 2007 5.0 1,000 5.9
May 1, 2007 5.3 600 6.2
Nov 1, 2006 5.5 1,000 6.4
May 1, 2006 5.8 600 6.7
Nov 1, 2005 5.0 1,000 5.8
Apr 1, 2005 5.0 750 5.8
Apr 1, 2004* 4.7 750 5.5
Dec 9, 2002*

4.3 ¢ per kWh

* Set by Government Regulation