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​​​​​​​​​​​​Low-income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP)

Emergency help to pay your electricity bill

If you’re struggling to pay your Hydro One bill, we may be able to help. The Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) pays up to $500 of the amount owing on your bill (up to $600 if your home is electrically heated). This is a one-time emergency payment only.

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Do you qualify for LEAP?

To receive this grant, you must:

  • 1
  • Be a residential customer of Hydro One.
  • 2
  • Live at the home that is behind on the electricity bill.
  • 3
  • Have a family income below a certain limit. Those limits are laid out in the table below.
Household after tax income ($)Number of people living in home
12345​67 or more​
Less than 28,000Eligible​​EligibleEligibleEligibleEligibleEligibleEligible​
28,001 - 39,000
39,001 - 48,000EligibleEligibleEligible​Eligible​​Eligible
48,001 - 52,000


Household after tax income

Your household income is the total income of all people living at your address. The amount to qualify is based on both the number of people living in your home and your combined household income.

For example, a home with four people living in it with an annual after-tax income of $47,000 would be eligible for a LEAP EFA grant.

Please note: Amounts shown are after tax. Income levels are set by the
Ontario Energy Board, based on statistics from Statistics Canada.

Get started

For this program, Hydro One works with the United Way of Greater Simcoe County. They will help you and tell you what you will need to apply.

If you think you may qualify, please contact the United Way at:

Tel: 1-855-487-5327

Email: LEAP@UnitedWayGSC.ca

Web: www.UnitedWayGSC.ca

The United Way may also be able to help you:

  • Suspend disconnection for 21 days
  • Get more time to pay overdue bills.
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More support for our customers

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Apply for monthly credits on your bill

You may also qualify for the Ontario Electricity Support Program (OESP). Depending on your income and the number of people in your home, you could receive a credit of $35 to $75 on each electricity bill.

Learn more or apply

Tel: 1-855-831-8151

Email: help@ontarioelectricitysupport.ca

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Free upgrades to make your home more energy efficient

A more energy-efficient home can be more comfortable and use less electricity. If you qualify for the Home Assistance program (HAP), you could receive a new energy-efficient refrigerator, freezer, light bulbs and more, at no cost to you.

Read more about HAP

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Budgeting is easier when you pay the same amount every month

Sign up for the Budget Billing Plan and spread your electricity costs evenly over the year. Avoid higher bills in the seasons you use more electricity and plan your monthly budget.

Learn about Budget Billing

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