Business / Commercial Rates
To learn more about business and commercial rates, please select a link below or scroll down the page.
- Changes to Industrial and Commercial Electricity Costs
- Setting Rates
- Electricity Delivery Rates
- Regulated Price Plan (RPP) Customers
- Tiered Rates
- Non-Regulated Price Plan Customers
- Ontario Energy Rebate (OER)
- Regulatory Charges
- Total Loss Factor Adjustment
- Late Payment Charge
- Transformer Ownership Credit
- Common Miscellaneous Changes
Customer Choice - November 1, 2020
If you’re a residential or small business customer that pays Time-of-Use (TOU) electricity prices, you can choose to switch to Tiered prices beginning November 1, 2020.
For more information about your pricing options, visit www.oeb.ca/choice.
Changes to Industrial and Commerical Electricity Costs
Ontario deferred a portion of the Global Adjustment (GA) between April and June 2020 by limiting the Class B GA rate to $115/MWh for non-Regulated Price Plan (RPP) customers and providing proportionate reductions for Class A customers. The deferred costs were intended to be recovered over a 12-month period beginning January 2021.
Ontario has now made amendments to O. Reg. 429/04, effective January 1, 2021, to enable the recovery of those deferred GA costs. Starting in January 2021, Class A and non-RPP Class B customers will repay the deferred costs over 12 months. RPP customers are not affected by these changes. These regulatory amendments can be found here.
At the same time, Ontario has made regulatory amendments such that starting January 1, 2021, a portion of non-hydro renewable energy contract costs will be paid by the government instead of electricity customers. This will lower electricity bills for commercial and industrial customers and more than offset the impact of recovering the deferred GA. This funding is intended to continue beyond 2021.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the Government of Ontario doing and why?
Ontario deferred a portion of Global Adjustment (GA) between April and June 2020 by limiting the Class B GA rate to $115/MWh for non-Regulated Price Plan (RPP) customers and providing proportionate reductions for Class A customers. The deferred costs were intended to be recovered over a 12-month period beginning January 2021.
The Ontario government has now made amendments to O. Reg. 429/04 that enable the recovery of those deferred GA costs. The costs are being recovered starting January 1, 2021 from Class A and non-RPP Class B customers. There is no effect on RPP customers. These regulatory amendments can be found here.
At the same time, Ontario is reducing the cost of electricity for industrial and commercial customers by shifting a portion of non-hydro renewable energy contracts to the tax base. These reductions are considerably larger than the deferral repayment costs, and the intent is for this funding to continue after the deferral recovery is complete.
2. How will this affect electricity costs?
The recovery of the deferred Global Adjustment (GA) costs will put upward pressure on costs for Class A and non-RPP Class B customers in 2021. However, this will be more than offset by the government's initiative to shift a portion of non-hydro renewable energy contract costs to the tax base. Those reductions are considerably larger than the deferral repayment costs, and the intent is for this funding to continue after the deferral recovery period is complete. The result will be a significant net benefit to these customers.
As a result of these two initiatives, in 2021, Class A and non-RPP Class B customers could see savings of about 11% and 12%, respectively. After 2021, savings are expected to increase as the recovery of deferred GA costs would be complete and the funding of a portion of non-hydro renewable energy contract costs is expected to continue. Actual savings will depend on location and consumption.
3. Will households, small businesses or farms be affected? Will residential customers see their bill go up becuase of this?
No. Regulated Price Plan (RPP) customers, including residential, small business and farm customers, will not be affected by the recovery of deferred GA costs.
Electricity Delivery Rates - Effective January 1, 2021
Less than 50 kW
50 to 4,999 kW
|ENWIN Delivery Charges|
|Fixed Customer Charge||$27.81||$109.98|
|Variable Distribution Rate||$0.0175 / kWh||$4.8969 / kW|
|Net Rate Riders - Volumetric||-$0.0024 / kWh||-$0.9686 / kW|
|Net Rate Riders - Fixed Monthly||$0.57|
|Network Service||$0.0078 / kWh||$2.6339 / kW|
|Connection Service||$0.0054 / kWh||$1.8559 / kW|
|Sentinel Lighting||Street Lighting||Unmetered Scattered Loads|
|ENWIN Delivery Charges*|
|Fixed Customer Charge||$12.68||$5.37||$11.32|
|Net Rate Riders - Fixed Monthly||-$0.40||-$0.07||-$0.86|
|Network Service||$2.4099 / kW||$2.4070 / kW||$0.0078 / kWh|
|Connection Service||$1.6980 / kW||$1.6963/ kW||$0.0054 / kWh|
*Charge is per connection
Note: Non-RPP, non-WMP customers will also have the Rate Rider for Global Adjustment Account Disposition of $0.0009 / kWh.
Large Users rates are available upon request.
Regulated Price Plan (RPP) Consumers
Applies to those customers meeting the legislative criteria (residential/low-volume consumer) of the program. A regulated price per kWh is charged for electricity used.
|Non-Residential TOU Pricing||Effective November 1, 2020 until December 31, 2020||Effective January 1, 2021 until January 28, 2021|
|Off-Peak (lowest demand)||$0.105 / kWh||$0.085 / kWh|
|Mid-Peak (moderate demand)||$0.150 / kWh||$0.085 / kWh|
|On-Peak (highest demand)||$0.217 / kWh||$0.085 / kWh|
Under tiered rates, a customer can use a certain amount of energy each month at a lower rate. Once that limit is exceeded, the rate goes up. The chart below shows the rates and tiers for each type of customer.
|Non-Residential Tier Pricing - Summer|
|May 1, 2020 to October 31, 2020||Commodity Charge / kWh||Price|
|Up to 750||$0.119 / kWh|
|More Than 750||$0.139 / kWh|
|Non-Residential Tier Pricing - Winter|
|November 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020||Commodity Charge / kWh||Price|
|Up to 750||$0.126 / kWh|
|More Than 750||$0.146 / kWh|
|January 1, 2021 to January 28, 2021||Commodity Charge / kWh
|Up to 750
||$0.085 / kWh|
|More Than 750
||$0.085 / kWh
Non-Regulated Price Plan Consumers
The electricity price you pay per kWh is:
- The spot market price or weighted average price (dependant on the type of meter installed), or
- A retailer contract price (dependent on your choice of electricity provider).
You will also be subject to a separate charge for the Global Adjustment, which will appear as a separate line item on your bill. More information is available here: Class B Global Adjustment and Class A Global Adjustment.
Ontario Electricity Rebate (OER)
The Ontario Electricity Rebate (OER) is for most households, farms, long-term care homes and small businesses. Eligible consumers automatically receive the rebate, which appears on bills as a separate line item. Starting January 1, 2021, the OER will provide eligible consumers with a 21.2% rebate from the province on the subtotal of their electricity bill.
Consumers with demand of 50 kilowatts or less or annual consumption of 250,000 kilowatt hours or less, farms, and licensed long-term care homes (other than where the electricity account is also in respect of a hospital) are eligible to receive the rebate.
Some multi-unit residential complexes that do not have individually metered units may also be eligible with demand above 50 kilowatts and annual consumption above 250,000 kilowatt hours.
To learn more about the OER eligibility criteria and how to apply for the rebate, please click the link below:
The chart below provides the current and most recent value of the OER:
|Effective November 1, 2020 until December 31, 2020||Effective January 1, 2021|
|Ontario Electricity Rebate (OER)||33.2%||21.2%|
|Wholesale Market Service Charge (Not including CBR)||$0.0030 / kWh|
|Capacity Based Recovery (CBR) - Applicable for Class B Customers||$0.0004 / kWh|
|Rural or Remote Rate Protection Charge||$0.0005 / kWh|
|Standard Supply Service - Administration Charge*||$0.25|
*Applies to customers not contracted with an energy retailer.
Total Loss Factor Adjustment - Effective January 1, 2020
As electricity is delivered over a power line, a small amount of power is consumed or lost as heat. This is known as line loss, and is caused by wires and transformers that consume power before it gets to your home or business. The loss factor adjustment accounts for these losses.
|Secondary metered customers <5,000 kW||1.0311|
|Primary metered customers <5,000 kW||1.0207|
|Customers >5,000 kW||Available Upon Request|
Late Payment Charge
A Late Payment Charge of 1.5% will be applied to the unpaid portion of your account's monthly balance.
Transformer Ownership Credit
|Service < 115 kV (per kW of billing demand)||$-0.60|
Common Miscellaneous Charges (plus applicable taxes)
|Pulling Post-Dated Cheques||$15.00|
|Credit Reference/Credit Check||$15.00|
|Returned Cheque Charge (not inclusive of bank fees)||$15.00|
|Account Set-up/Change of Occupancy Charge (plus credit agency fees if applicable)||$30.00|
|Special Meter Reads||$30.00|
|Meter Dispute Charge + Measurement Canada Fees (if meter found to be correct)||$30.00|
|Dispute Test Commercial Self Contained - MC||$105.00|
|Dispute Test Commercial TT - MC||$180.00|
|Cellular Meter Reading Charge||$7.50|
|Reconnect at Meter||$65.00|
|Reconnect at Meter After Hours||$185.00|
|Service Call — Customer-owned Equipment||$30.00|
|Missed Service Appointment||$65.00|