We listened to you and today I am pleased to share the details of Ontario’s Fair Hydro Plan. With this new plan, significant, lasting relief is coming. Ontario is cutting electricity bills to deliver lasting relief to households across the province.
Beginning this summer, Ontario’s Fair Hydro Plan will provide households with on average a 25 per cent reduction to their hydro bills. This reduction includes the 8 per cent rebate that was implemented in January of this year. Taken together, these changes will deliver the single-largest reduction to electricity bills in Ontario’s history. Low-income households will receive even greater assistance with their electricity bills. Also, as part of this plan, rate increases over the next four years will be held to the rate of inflation.
Hydro is a necessary part of our everyday lives. However, for far too long, governments of all parties have made mistakes in the way we’ve structured Ontario’s electricity system.
Electricity rates have risen for a number of reasons including:
- Decades of under-investment in the electricity infrastructure by previous governments, which resulted in the need to invest more than $50 billion in generation, transmission and distribution assets. These investments ensure that the system will be reliable for many years to come.
- The decision to eliminate Ontario’s use of coal to produce clean, renewable power.
- Programs such as OESP (Ontario Electricity Support Program), which helps low-income households, was not considered a social program and therefore the cost was borne by electricity ratepayers alone.
While these changes make our electrical system clean and reliable, the way that we chose to pay for these measures was not fair. We asked one generation to unfairly shoulder the burden of the improvements that will be used over a longer period of time. So we are refinancing these investments, in keeping with their lifespan, to make payments fairer for Ontarians.
Learn how Ontario is developing the next long-term energy plan at:
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Tracy MacCharles - MPP Pickering-Scarborough East