In some cases, your information will be shared with third-party service providers who perform services on our behalf. These service providers are given only the information necessary to perform those services that we have contracted them to provide. Additionally, they're prohibited from selling, storing, analyzing or using that information for purposes other than the services they have been contracted to provide. In the event a service provider is located outside of Canada, the service provider is bound by the laws of the jurisdiction in which the service provider is located.
We don't sell or trade your information. We don't use or disclose your information for purposes other than those for which it was collected, except with your consent or in accordance with applicable laws. In order to measure our performance and develop service improvements for you, we may conduct surveys. If you don't want your information used for surveys, contact us and we'll withhold it.
Our Security Deposit Policy
Security deposits are collected to secure payment of future charges. Security deposits may be collected when a customer initially applies for service or fails to maintain a good payment history.
You're considered to have a good payment history if all of the following conditions are met:
- No more than one disconnection notice has been issued
- No more than one cheque or pre-authorized payment has been returned for non-sufficient funds (NSF)
- No collection or disconnection trip has occurred.
- A security deposit was not applied to your past due balance (for residential customers only).
Customers must show good payment history for the following periods of time:
- One year for residential customers
- Five years for non-residential customers with less than 50 kW demand
- Seven years for non-residential customers with 50 kW demand or greater.
We encourage you to maintain a good payment history to avoid having to pay a security deposit. If a security deposit is required for a residential customer, the maximum amount we collect is calculated based on your average monthly usage during the most recent 12 consecutive months within the past two years.
We review all security deposits annually to determine whether the deposit should be:
- fully refunded due to the establishment of a good payment history;
- adjusted (increased or partially refunded) based on a change in usage;
- remain unchanged.
Once you have established good payment history, all or part of the security deposit will be returned with interest. Interest earned will be credited to your account monthly or upon return of all or any part of the security deposit or closing of the account, whichever comes first. Learn more about our Security Deposit Policy.
Rates and Charges
Our Delivery rates include variable and fixed distribution charges, as well as transmission delivery charges. These charges vary according to your rate classification. You can find your rate classification or service type on page two of your Hydro One bill.
In addition to Delivery charges, we also collect charges on behalf of other parties, which are passed through to you. These include Electricity, Regulatory Charges, the Debt Retirement Charge, the Global Adjustment (if applicable) and HST. Eligible customers receive the Ontario Clean Energy Benefit. This rebate is reflected on participating customers’ Hydro One bill.
If you're enrolled with a retailer, we'll bill you your contracted rate for electricity. Otherwise, you'll be billed the Regulated Price Plan (RPP) Time-of-Use (TOU) prices for electricity. Or if we haven't switched you to TOU pricing, you'll be billed the RPP tiered prices for electricity. We'll notify you in advance of your switch to TOU pricing.
If you don't qualify for RPP electricity prices, you'll be billed in accordance with applicable regulations outlined in the Ontario Energy Board Act, 1998. Rates and charges apply from the date you become responsible for the service, even if you do not actually begin using electricity at that time. For current information about the approved rates and charges that apply to your rate classification, visit our website or contact us.
You may pay your bills:
- By pre-authorized payment
- By automated banking machines, telebanking or Internet bill payment offered by your financial institution
- By cheque or money order such as MoneyGram, mailed with the remittance stub portion of the bill, to Hydro One Networks Inc.
- In person at most Canadian financial institutions
- By credit card (service fee will be applied by Paymentus Corporation).
We also offer a budget billing plan to most of our customers to help smooth electricity costs over the year. Periodic adjustments may be made to the regular budget bill amount due to rate or usage changes.
All payments must be in Canadian dollars. Please allow up to five business days for processing.
Day 1 = Bill print date
Days 2-4 = 3 days for mailing
Days 5-20 = 16 days for payment period
Total = 19 days (Required Payment Date)
In addition to the bill issue and payment period, the OEB has directed when a customer payment is deemed to be received by Hydro One:
- Three days before it is received by Hydro One, if sent by mail
- On the date when the payment is acknowledged by a bank, or
- When the credit card payment is accepted by the financial institution.
These timelines will be the same for all customers, no matter their method of billing or payment.
Any payment made after 5 p.m. is still effective on the day the payment is made.
Late Payment Charges
Bills are due on the billing date. A late payment charge is applied and shall be paid if payment is not received by the required payment date, which is 19 days after the billing date. When a required payment date is a weekend or holiday, the payment will be required on the next business day.
If payment is not received by the required payment date, a late payment charge of 1.5 per cent, compounded monthly (19.56 per cent per year) is applied to the outstanding balance. The late payment charge is calculated from the billing date to the date the next bill is issued. If partial payment is received before the required payment date, the late payment charge will apply only to the amount still outstanding. Late payment charges will be added to your next bill.
Customers who are on pre-authorized payment will have their payment amount automatically withdrawn from their bank account on the 19th day after the billing date. The withdrawal date and amount is indicated on each bill.
Non-payment of your electricity bill may lead to disconnection. Our first choice is to work with you to keep your account in good standing. If you're experiencing financial difficulties, let us know — we'll do our best to work out an arrears payment agreement.
We have the right to transfer arrears from one account in a customer's name to any other account in the same customer's name, irrespective of rate classification or whether either account is in the name of another person or other persons in addition to the customer.
In order for a RPP eligible customer to opt out of TOU pricing and instead opt for Spot pricing, the customer must have an interval meter capable of providing data on at least an hourly basis. The customer is responsible for all incremental costs associated with the meter installation and must inform us in writing of his or her decision to opt for Spot pricing. Eligible RPP and spot customers who wish to switch from RPP to Spot or from Spot to RPP may only do so once per calendar year.
Disconnection and Reconnection
We reserve the right to physically disconnect or limit the amount of electricity that you can use for a number of reasons, including the following:
- If you default on any of your obligations under our Conditions of Service, including non-payment of your electricity bill
- If we have reason to believe that our assets have been tampered with at your address
- If there is a threat to personal safety or to the reliability of any part of the distribution system
- If we're unable to perform meter reading, planned inspections, maintenance, repairs or replacement of a meter
- If you move into an existing property and use electricity but don't notify us to take responsibility for the account
- If you have willfully and intentionally avoided bill payment of outstanding charges by applying or re-applying for a new account under a different account holder name
- By order of the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA).
Reconnection or restoration of electricity service will occur only after the reason for disconnection or limitation is remedied. We’re not liable for any damage related to the disconnection or limitation.
If the service has been disconnected for a period of six months or longer, the ESA must inspect and provide us with authorization for connection before we can reconnect the service. It's your responsibility to arrange and pay for the inspection, including remediation of any deficiencies identified by the ESA.
Collection charges will apply if we make a trip to collect payment for an overdue account, to disconnect service, install a load limiter or reconnect your service. Charges will be applied to your account and are due on your next bill.
Accuracy of Information
You have an obligation to provide us with information that is true, complete and correct. The information is used to provide customer service, deliver and/or supply electricity and manage customer accounts. We may verify the accuracy of all information provided. We reserve the right to disconnect your property if we're unable to establish your identity.
Space and Access
To read the meter or inspect and repair our equipment, we need access to your property and may need to enter the premises, so please keep the path to the electricity meter clear. Providing us with access to the meter is your responsibility. If accessing the meter is an ongoing issue, we may require the meter to be relocated at your expense.
Tree and Vegetation Management
You're responsible for all tree trimming and tree and brush removal for the overhead power lines on your property that serve only your home or business. According to the Ontario Electrical Safety Code, clearances between trees and power lines must be one metre for secondary lines and four metres for primary lines. The diagrams below show the difference between primary and secondary lines.
Due to the danger of working around overhead power lines, unqualified individuals should never attempt to cut down trees or trim branches close to, or touching, overhead power lines. We strongly recommend that you hire a certified utility arborist or a qualified electrical contractor to do this work.
More safety tips can be found in our brochures Steer Clear of the Zap Zone and Right Tree, Right Place. A copy of the Ontario Electrical Safety Code may be obtained from the Electrical Safety Authority.
Marking Underground Cables
We'll locate and mark the location of all of our underground cables, if able, without charge as long as you have provided all relevant information, including the location of where the work will take place, the expected time when the work will begin and the scope and nature of the work. Please help our cable locators by outlining with white paint or white flags where the excavation is to occur. To request an underground cable locate, call Ontario One Call at 1-800-400-2255 or submit an e-ticket at www.on1call.com. Requests for cable locates should be made as early as possible, at least five business days' in advance. Unless it's an emergency, there will be a charge for locating underground cables after normal business hours.
The diagrams below show the difference between primary and secondary underground services.
If we’re unable to locate your cable, which is connected to our distribution system, we’ll disconnect and then reconnect your electricity service during normal business hours without charge. Cables owned by other parties won't be located by us. You should contact Ontario One Call or call the owners of these cables directly.
Your Electrical Equipment
Power lines, poles and other equipment located on your property supplying only your home or business are owned by you. When a transformer is located on your property and the power line supplies only your home or business, the line is owned by you and the transformer is normally owned by us.
The meter that tracks your electricity usage is also owned by us. This ownership ends at the meter base, which then feeds into your electrical panel. Therefore, any maintenance requirements for the meter base are your responsibility.
In these situations, you’re responsible for the installation and maintenance of the power line and other applicable customer-owned equipment. For your safety, remember that this work must be inspected by the Electrical Safety Authority. You must comply with all applicable laws, including (but not limited to) the Ontario Electrical Safety Code, and you must ensure that your equipment is properly identified and connected for metering and operation purposes.
You must take all necessary steps to correct any deficiencies to your electrical equipment as requested by us or the ESA. If you don't complete the work in a timely manner, we have the right to disconnect your electricity service.
Temporarily Disconnect Your Service
We’ll temporarily disconnect your overhead and underground service once a year during normal business hours, so you can upgrade or maintain your electrical equipment, including trimming trees. Please give us at least 10 days’ advance notice so we can schedule the work.
Our Electrical Equipment
We'll repair or replace, at our expense, any of our equipment on your property that fails due to ordinary wear and tear. For any other damage, you're responsible for paying us the value of our equipment or the cost to repair or replace the equipment.
In some cases, alterations may be necessary to your structures, pavement, landscaping, etc. to enable us to access and repair equipment. We always attempt to minimize this disruption, but we cannot guarantee or assume the costs of returning your property to its original state.
You must not build, plant, place or maintain any structure, tree, shrub, landscaping or other obstructing that could:
- Result in the obstruction of access to our equipment
- Interfere with the proper and safe operation of the distribution system (including, but not limited to, the ability to manually or remotely read a metering installation)
- Endanger any part of our equipment
- Affect our compliance with any applicable laws.
If you don't remove the item, we may disconnect your supply of electricity and/or carry out the removal of the obstruction at your expense. In the event this occurs, we aren't liable for any damages other than physical damage arising directly from entry to your property.
Power Interruptions and Surges
From time to time, events beyond our control can cause power interruptions or voltage irregularities. Therefore, we cannot guarantee a continuous or constant supply of power and will not be liable for any damages caused by a lack of power, or a power outage or surge. Also, planned interruptions to your electricity service do occur. While we try to provide you with advance notice of such interruptions, we may be unable to do so; and in such situations, the interruptions will proceed as planned. We aren't liable for any damages caused by such planned outages.
Connecting a Generator
Generators are responsible for all costs associated with connecting a generating facility to our distribution system. If you're considering connecting a generator, please visit our Generators section for information, technical requirements and application forms.
Closing Your Account
If you decide to close your account, please give us five business days notice to allow us time to read your meter and issue your final bill.
If you request that your service be cancelled and you no longer wish for us to provide electricity to your home or business, we may remove certain delivery equipment, such as power lines, transformers and meters. If you request reconnection, you'll incur the applicable costs to re-install appropriate delivery equipment. Also, if your service has been disconnected for six months or longer, you'll need to arrange for an ESA inspection prior to reconnection.
We have an implied contract with every customer connected to our distribution system. The terms of the implied contract are embedded in our Conditions of Service, our Distribution Licence, our Rate Schedules, the Ontario Energy Board Distribution Rate Handbook, the Distribution System Code, the Standard Supply Service Code and the Retail Settlement Code, all as amended from time to time.
Any implied contract for the supply of electricity will be binding upon the heirs, administrators, executors, successors and assigns of the person(s) who took or used electricity supplied by us.
When a tenant contacts us to take responsibility for service, our contract is with the tenant. Therefore, when the tenant advises us that he or she will no longer accept responsibility as of a specific date, it's our obligation to adhere to the date we have been given, despite any lease or verbal agreement between the landlord and tenant. If a tenant advises us that he or she is no longer responsible for the account, a final bill will be issued.
At that time, the services will be set up in the landlord's/owner’s name, only if the landlord/owner agrees to automatically assume responsibility for paying for continued service after the closure of a tenant’s account. If a new account is set up in the landlord's/owner’s name, a new account setup charge may apply; and even though the property may be vacant, monthly service charges and electricity used will be billed.
If the landlord/owner refuses responsibility for continued service and a new tenant hasn’t assumed responsibility for the account, we may remove our delivery equipment from the property. Likewise for new connections, if a person has not assumed responsibility for service charges delivered to a property, or if the account setup process for the property has not been completed by a person, we reserve the right to disconnect the property and remove our delivery equipment from the property.
Concerns and Feedback
If you have feedback or a complaint, please call our Customer Communications Centre at 1-888-664-9376. We have an established internal resolution process that will be followed to resolve your concerns. If for any reasons we can't resolve your issue, you may raise it with the Ontario Energy Board.