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8% Rebate

What is the 8% Provincial Rebate?

As of January 1, 2017, the Government of Ontario is introducing an 8% Provincial Rebate on residential, farm, small business and other eligible customers. This 8% rebate will begin to appear on your electricity bills on electricity consumption starting January 1, 2017.

Who is eligible for the rebate?

To be eligible to receive the 8% rebate on your electricity bill, you must qualify under ONE of the following criteria:

  1. You carry on a business that is a farming business for the purposes of the Farm Registration and Farm Organizations Funding Act, 1993, and you hold a valid registration number assigned under that Act or the consumer’s obligation to file a farming business registration form was waived pursuant to an order made under subsection 22 (6) of that Act;
  2. Your account relates to one of the following:
    1. a dwelling,
    2. a property, within the meaning of the Condominium Act, 1998,
    3. a residential complex, within the meaning of subsection 2 (1) of the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006, without regard to section 5 of that Act, or
    4. a property that includes one or more housing units and that is owned or leased by a co-operative within the meaning of the Co-operative Corporations Act.

You can find these acts on the government’s e-laws website at

Residential and Small Commercial Customers are automatically eligible and do not need to apply.

How do I declare my eligibility?

If you are a residential customer or a small commercial customer, or if you already provided Halton Hills Hydro with self-declaration forms to be exempted from the Debt Retirement Charge (DRC) or to receive the Ontario Clean Energy Benefit (OCEB), you will automatically be enrolled to receive this rebate. You do not need to declare.

Please note that if your status has changed since you provided those forms, it is your responsibility to notify us of that change as it may affect your eligibility to receive the 8% rebate.

Otherwise, complete the Declaration Form for 8% Rebate.

Please return the completed form to:

Halton Hills Hydro
43 Alice St., Acton ON L7J 2A9
FAX: 519-853-2621

Debt Retirement Charge

Changes are coming to the Debt Retirement Charge starting January 1st, 2016

What is the Debt Retirement Charge?

The debt retirement charge pays down the former Ontario Hydro debt. DRC is a charge payable on electricity consumed in Ontario. When the former Ontario Hydro was restructured on April 1, 1999, the Ontario Electricity Financial Corporation (OEFC) was established with the mandate to manage and retire the former Ontario Hydro’s debt and certain other liabilities, totalling $38.1 billion. The $38.1 billion was accumulated to build Ontario’s electricity generation and transmission infrastructure that consumers are and have been using.

Who is Exempt from the Debt Retirement Charge?

As part of its commitment to reduce electricity cost pressures, the Ontario government is removing the Debt Retirement Charge (DRC) from residential electricity users’ bills after December 31, 2015. Residential consumers do not need to do anything to receive the exemption. Bulk metered multi-unit residential complexes are eligible for an exemption from the DRC for the first 1500 kWh per month per eligible residential unit.

In order to receive the DRC exemption, customers with a bulk metered multi-unit residential complex must self-declare their eligibility. The Ontario Government requires every eligible customer to self-declare, even if you have already done so for other multi-unit exemptions in the past.

How do I know if my Bulk Metered Multi-Unit Residential Complex is eligible?

If you are a residential customer, you do not need to do anything. This declaration process only applies to bulk metered multi-unit residential complexes such as apartment buildings or other residential complexes.

The definitions for an eligible residential unit are as follows:

As defined in Ontario Regulation (O.Reg. 493/01), you qualify for DRC reduction if your account relates to:

An eligible residential unit that:

  1. is a self-contained set of rooms located in a building or structure,
  2. contains kitchen and bathroom facilities that are intended for the use of that unit only, and
  3. is used or intended for use as a residential premises.

You can find this regulation on the government’s e-laws web site at

How do I declare my eligibility?

If you are a residential customer, you do not need to declare. The DRC will automatically be removed from your bill for energy consumed after December 31, 2015.

Complete our Self-Declaration Form for Bulk Metered Multi-Unit Residential Complex by downloading the form here and sending it to Halton Hills Hydro. Please return the form at your earliest convenience to allow time for processing. Forms received after January 1, 2016 will be applied to the next bill and will not be applied retroactively.

Self-Declaration Form for Bulk Metered Multi-Unit Residential Complex


Attn: Customer Care
Halton Hills Hydro
43 Alice St, Acton ON, L7J 2A9
FAX: 519-853-5168

When will the exemption take effect?

This exemption applies only to electricity consumed on or after January 1, 2016. Bills containing energy used in 2015 will continue to include charges for the Debt Retirement Charge.

Declarations received after January 1, 2016 will be applied to the next bill and not applied retroactively.

If you provide us with an e-mail address when you return your completed form, we will respond with a confirmation that the exemption has been applied. Otherwise, you will see the exemption on your first invoice when it takes effect.

Where Can I Learn More about the Debt Retirement Charge?

You can learn more by visiting the Ontario Ministry of Finance website at: