Bill 13, Ontario Rebate for Electricity Consumers Act, 2016
TORONTO, Sept. 29, 2016 – The Standing Committee on Justice Policy will meet to consider Bill 13, An Act in respect of the cost of electricity.
The Committee intends to hold public hearings in Toronto on Monday, October 3, 2016.
Interested people who wish to be considered to make an oral presentation on Bill 13 should provide their contact name, mailing address, phone number, and email address to the Clerk of the Committee by 3:00 p.m. on Friday, September 30, 2016.
Those who do not wish to make an oral presentation but wish to comment on the Bill may send a written submission to the Clerk of the Committee at the address below by 6:00 p.m. on Monday, October 3, 2016.
An electronic version of the Bill is available on the Legislative Assembly website at: www.ontla.on.ca.
Shafiq Qaadri, MPP, Chair
Christopher Tyrell, Clerk
Room 1405, Whitney Block
Queen’s Park, Toronto, ON M7A 1A2
Collect calls will be accepted.
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SOURCE Standing Committee on Justice Policy
The Ontario Rebate for Electricity Consumers Act, 2016authorizes financial assistance for certain Ontario electricity consumers in respect of electricity costs. Consumers receive the financial assistance by means of an 8 per cent reduction in the amount payable before tax under their electricity accounts for each billing period. The amount of financial assistance for a billing period is required to be shown on invoices issued to consumers for the billing period.
The Act authorizes the making of regulations to reimburse electricity vendors for amounts credited to consumers’ accounts under the Act. The Act authorizes the making of various other regulations, including to set out other ways for consumers to receive financial assistance, to alter the default rules in the Act for how to calculate the financial assistance and to limit or alter who is entitled to financial assistance.
The Act contains administrative and enforcement provisions, including requirements relating to record keeping by electricity vendors and authorization for inspections and inquiries with respect to amounts of financial assistance provided and reimbursements to electricity vendors. The Ontario Energy Board Act, 1998 is amended so that provisions of the Ontario Rebate for Electricity Consumers Act, 2016 and regulations made under it will be enforceable by the Ontario Energy Board.
The Act also amends the Ontario Clean Energy Benefit Act, 2010 to authorize the making of regulations under that Act in respect of cut-off dates for financial assistance under that Act.”