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COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program – Small Business (CEAP-SB)

Apply Online for CEAP-SB.

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The government is providing $8 million to support small businesses and charities who are in arrears on their energy bills as a result of COVID-19.

CEAP-SB provides a one time, on-bill credit for eligible small business and registered charity customers to help them catch up on their energy bills and resume regular payments.

Eligibility Criteria

  • As of the date you are applying, your small business or registered charity has an active account with an electricity distributor or a unit sub-meter provider. You will be required to provide your registered business number or charitable registration number.
  • Your small business or registered charity is using less than 150,000 kWh of electricity annually if the account is with a unit sub-meter provider.
  • Your small business or registered charity is classified as a general service < 50 kW customer if the account is with an electricity distributor.
  • Your small business or registered charity did not have any overdue amounts on its electricity bill on March 17, 2020, the date of the Provincial Declaration of Emergency.4. The account holder has not received Ontario Electricity Support Program (OESP) or Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) grants in 2020.
  • As of the date you are applying, your small business or registered charity has any overdue amounts owing from at least two electricity bills since March 17, 2020.
  • Your small business or registered charity was required to close* its premises to members of the public for regular operations for at least fifteen days as a result of a government order or an inability to adapt your business or charity to comply with public health recommendations.

*”Close” means that the small business or registered charity was unable to maintain regular operations as a result of government order or health recommendations that required them to either fully close operations, limit access to their premises or limit the services provided or available to the public.

You may be eligible for an enhanced credit if your small business or registered charity’s main heating source is electricity.

CEAP-SB applications are processed on a first come first serve basis until the program funds are depleted. Be sure to get your application in early.

Benefit Amounts

CEAP-SB provides a one time, on-bill credit to eligible small business and registered charity customers to help them catch up on their energy bills and resume regular payments. 

Eligible small business and registered charity customers may qualify for up to $850 in support towards their electricity bill if they primarily use electricity for heating, or up to $425 otherwise.

They may also qualify for up to $425 in support towards their natural gas bill.

A small business or registered charity can receive only one CEAP-SB credit towards their electricity bill and one CEAP-SB credit towards their natural gas bill, even if they have multiple locations throughout the Province.

Apply Online for CEAP-SB.

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