Disconnection and Safety
ENWIN shares the OEB's commitment to protecting our customers, and will ensure that the rules on disconnections and reconnections are strictly followed as outlined below.
Information from the Ontario Energy Board
By Order and Decision of the Ontario Energy Board, the disconnection of residential consumers is banned from November 15 through April 30 of every year. Please visit the OEB's Disconnection FAQ for more information.
Information from the Electrical Safety Association
Residential customers should also be aware of the ESA process for electrical inspections related to the OEB order to prohibit disconnection of residential customers:
- If a home has been disconnected for more than six months, ESA is required to do an electrical inspection before power can be reconnected by the utility. This is to address electrical safety hazards that may have developed during that time, including serious fire or shock hazards.
Additional reconnection safety information is available on the ESA's website.
Ongoing Disconnection Rules and Customer Rights
As previously required by the OEB, local utilities are still required to:
Make every effort to contact the customer by phone or in person at least 48 hours before the date of disconnection
Offer repayment options to customers with outstanding accounts
Reconnect customers within 2 business days of receiving a payment, or of the consumer entering into a repayment arrangement.
It is your right as a customer to:
Receive information about payment options;
Remain connected, if you agree to a repayment arrangement and follow that arrangement;
Low-income customers may be eligible for special rules. Please ask our customer service representatives about:
The right to request equalized billing without paying by automatic withdrawal;
Suspension of a disconnection process for 21 days, once the utility has been advised that a customer may be eligible for emergency financial assistance; and,
A customer that has agreed to a repayment plan has more time to pay outstanding balances to the utility.
Help is available for low-income consumers through programs including:
Ontario Electricity Support Program assits low-income Ontarians;
Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP), which provides emergency financial assistance to help pay overdue electricity bills;
Consumers can learn about OEB programs and regulations and address questions and concerns by calling the OEB at 1-877-632-2727, or visiting the OEB's website.
ENWIN's Ouellette Avenue Customer Service Centre is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. You can reach a Customer Service Representative by dialing 519-255-2727, or by emailing email@example.com.