Ontario Electricity Rebate Definitions and Instructions
A “multi-unit complex” is defined for OER purposes as “a building or related group of buildings containing two or more units”. A “unit” is:
(a)a unit as defined in the Condominium Act, 1998,
(b)a residential unit or a rental unit, as those terms are defined in subsection 2 (1) of the Residential Tenancies Act,2006,
(c)a member unit or a non-member unit, as those terms are defined in the Co-operative Corporations Act, or
(d)premises that is demised premises for the purposes of the Commercial Tenancies Act;
but does not include a unit that is used or intended for parking or storage purposes or for the purpose of providing space for services, recreation or other facilities or mechanical installations.
A “qualifying unit” is defined for OER purposes as “a unit that,
(a)consists of a self-contained room or set of rooms,
(b)contains kitchen and bathroom facilities that are for the sole use of the unit, and
(c)is occupied and used as a residence.”
“Common elements” are defined for OER purposes as “any part of the multi-unit complex that is not a unit”. See Multi-Unit Complex for definition of a "unit."
Mobile Home Park
A mobile home park is defined for OER purposes as “the land on which one or more occupied mobile homes are located and includes the rental units and the land, structures, services and facilities of which the landlord retains possession and that are intended for the common use and enjoyment of the tenants of the landlord”. A “mobile home” is “a dwelling that is designed to be made mobile and that is being used as a permanent residence”. Trailer parks that are not mobile home parks do not qualify for the OER.
The Ontario Electricity Rebate (OER) is a provincially funded rebate that applies as a credit on qualifying electricity bills. The following types of electricity accounts are eligible:
• Low volume accounts (meaning the account has a demand for electricity of 50 kilowatts or less, or uses not more than 250,000 kilowatt hours of electricity per year); this includes most single-family homes and many small businesses
• Long-term care homes
• Multi-unit complexes that are predominantly residential, such as condominium and apartment buildings
• Common elements in multi-unit complexes that are predominantly residential (as of July 1, 2022)
• Retirement residences (as of July 1, 2022)
• Mobile home parks (as of July 1, 2022)
In addition, some accounts that are not eligible but were receiving the former 8% Provincial Rebate that was in place before the OER was introduced on November 1, 2019 receive the OER under a legacy exemption.
You should complete this form only if your account relates to:
• A multi-unit complex
• Any common elements of a multi-unit complex
• A retirement residence
• A mobile home park
If your account is a low volume account or relates to a farm or a long-term care home, you do not need to submit this form – you are entitled to receive the OER automatically. If you have one of these accounts but you are not already receiving the OER, please contact us. If you are not sure whether you are already receiving the OER, check your last bill.