Small Business Electricity Prices

Small Business Customers on Time-of-Use Pricing - Winter Electricity Price Periods in Effect Nov 1, 2017 to April 30, 2018

  • Off-Peak – 6.5 cents per kWh – Weekdays 7 pm to 7 am, and all-day on Weekends and Statutory Holidays
  • Mid-Peak – 9.5 cents per kWh – Weekdays 11 am to 5 pm
  • On-Peak – 13.2 cents per kWh – Weekdays 7 am to 11 am and 5 pm to 7 pm

The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) sets the province’s prices for electricity under the Regulated Price Plan (RPP)* and develops the daily and seasonal TOU periods. With TOU pricing electricity prices vary, based on when it is used. That includes by time of day, by day of week (weekdays versus weekends), and by season (winter or summer). TOU prices provide small business customers with a new way to manage electricity costs.

On July 1, 2017, revised pricing for on-, mid-, and off-peak pricing came into effect under Fair Hydro Plan legislation, further reducing the cost of electricity. That revised pricing remains in effect (unchanged) until May 1, 2018.

Winter TOU periods and prices take effect from November 1 to April 30. Summer TOU periods and prices take effect from May 1 to October 31.

*NOTE: For electricity customers on a fixed-term contract with an electricity retailer, TOU prices do not apply.

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Burlington Hydro Distribution Rates

Burlington Hydro is responsible for delivering a safe and reliable supply of electricity to homes, businesses and institutions in the City of Burlington. Customers will see a slight increase of 1.6% on that portion of the bill representing distribution charges beginning May 1, 2017.

Local distribution companies are the billing agent for Ontario’s electricity system and they collect on behalf of all other electricity market participants and the government. Burlington Hydro’s distribution portion (indicated as a portion of the Delivery line on the bill - approximately 8% account for transmission charges) accounts for approximately 17% of a customer’s electricity bill. 

Before utilities can make any changes to their rates they are required to seek approval from the OEB through a rate application process. The Board reviews each rate application independently in a public process and approves the rates each distributor can charge.

Access our Regulatory webpage to learn more about distribution rates.