There’s Help For Low-Income Families
Beginning in 2016, lower income households may qualify for a credit to be applied directly on each electricity bill through the Ontario Electricity Support Program (OESP). The amount of the credit will depend on how many people live in your house and your combined household income. For more information on eligibility or how to apply please visit OntarioElectricitySupport.ca
New OEB Program Offers Electricity Bill Relief for Low-Income Households
The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) is helping make electricity more affordable for low-income households. The Ontario Electricity Support Program, or OESP, will provide ongoing assistance directly on the bills of eligible low-income electricity consumers.
Low-income households that apply and qualify will receive an OESP credit on electricity bills. The credit amount will be based on the number of people living in the home and their total household income. For some consumers, the need to use more electricity is unavoidable. They may receive a higher level of assistance. These are people who rely on electric heat or medical devices as well as First Nation and Métis consumers.
The program, designed and implemented by the OEB, will come into effect on January 1, 2016. Applications will be accepted beginning fall 2015. Consumers can apply online or with the assistance of local intake agency partners, including Low-Income Energy Assistance Program Emergency Financial Assistance intake agencies.
Visit OntarioElectricitySupport.ca for more information and to sign up to receive OESP updates by email.
Westario Power & County of Bruce Partnership
On September 30, 2015; the Westario Power Inc. Board of Directors unanimously approved the County of Bruce as its’ new Social Service Agency partner for the deployment of the Corporation’s Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) funds.
On behalf of Bruce and Grey County INTAKE AGENCIES for OESP are provided the following referral information:
- If you have completed your income tax in the past two years and you have the internet and a printer, you can apply from home. Go to www.ontarioelectricitysupport.ca to apply.
- If you have completed your income tax, but do not have access to the internet or a printer contact the County of Bruce Housing Division at 1-800-265-3022 or 519-396-3439
- If you have not completed your income tax contact the County of Bruce Housing Division at 1-800-265-3022 or 519-396-3439