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SELF-DECLARATION FORM: Debt Retirement Charge Exemption for Bulk Metered Multi-Unit Premises


The FAQs below provide answers about how to fill out the SELF-DECLARATION FORM: 
Debt Retirement Charge (DRC) Exemption for Bulk Metered Multi-Unit Premises

For more information on the DRC, please visit the Ontario Ministry of Finance's website at: http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/tax/drc

 

The Debt Retirement Charge (DRC) pays down the debt to the former Ontario Hydro. As of January 1, 2016, if you are a residential customer, you are automatically exempt from the requirement to pay the DRC on all consumption incurred after December 31, 2015.

If you are an owner of a premises where multiple units are billed though one meter, the premises is considered a Bulk Metered Multi-Unit Premises. Where at least one of the units is considered an eligible residential unit you may be exempt, in whole or in part, from the requirement to pay the DRC.

An eligible residential unit means a unit that:

  • is a self-contained set of rooms located in a building or structure
  • contains kitchen and bathroom facilities that are intended for the use of that unit only, and
  • is used or intended for use as a residential premises

This definition is in accordance with Ontario Regulation 493/01 of the Electricity Act, 1998.

Account holders of such Bulk Metered Multi-Unit Premises need to provide notice by completing a SELF- DECLARATION FORM: Debt Retirement Charge Exemption for Bulk Metered Multi-Unit Premises, in order to obtain this exemption.

 

 

SELF-DECLARATION FORM: Debt Retirement Charge Exemption for Bulk Metered Multi-Unit Premises Information:

 

Who is the DRC Self-Declaration Form for?

It is intended for any account holder who has multiple self-contained units billed against one metered service and where at least one of the units is considered an eligible Residential Unit. By completing the DRC Self-Declaration Form, you will be able to declare the number of separate units that are being billed against one meter and as a result, will be eligible to benefit from the DRC exemption.                                                                                       + return to top

What is the DRC Self-Declaration Form?

It is a form used to give notice that you are applying for an exemption from paying all or part of the DRC because you are an account holder of a premises where multiple units are billed though one meter, and where at least one of the units is considered an eligible residential unit.

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When should the DRC Self- Declaration form be submitted?

 

If the DRC Self-Declaration Form is received before January 1, 2016, the exemption will apply with respect to electricity consumed on or after January 1, 2016.

If the DRC Self-Declaration Form is received by Toronto Hydro after January 1, 2016, the exemption will be applied as of the beginning of the next applicable billing period.

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If the complete Self-Declaration Form does not specify the number of eligible units, how will the Self-Declaration Form be treated?

If the Self-Declaration Form does not specify the number of eligible residential units included in the account, the Self- Declaration Form notice is deemed to have specified only one unit.

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Will there be any retroactive adjustments to the DRC prior to receipt by Toronto Hydro of the completed DRC Self-Declaration form?

There will be no adjustments to the DRC on previous bills due to missing information on the DRC Self-Declaration Form or receipt of the DRC Self-Declaration Form after January 1, 2016. If the DRC Self-Declaration Form is not completed properly, we will advise you to correct the form and resend it to us.

The start date of the exemption will begin after receipt of the DRC Self-Declaration Form in accordance with the regulations as set out by the Ontario Energy Board.

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What happens if there is a change to the number of eligible units?

If there is a change to the number of eligible residential units, you must provide an updated Self-Declaration Form to Toronto Hydro.

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If I have more than one account, how many forms should be completed?

If you have more than one qualified account, please complete a separate DRC Self-Declaration Form for each account.

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How do I complete the DRC Self-Declaration Form?

Step 1: Review the DRC eligibility criteria on the DRC Self-Declaration Form and determine if your account qualifies for the DRC exemption.                 Step 2: Fill in the form by providing all of the required details.                                                                                                                                              Step 3: Complete the acknowledgement section by signing and dating the form.

Please note that if the DRC Self-Declaration Form is not fully completed, the Form will not be accepted and will be sent back to you for correction.

 

What number can I call to discuss the DRC Self-Declaration Form?

You can call our Customer Care Department and speak with one of our Representatives at 416.542.8000 during business hours (8 a.m.  8 p.m), Monday to Friday.

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How can I send the DRC Self-Declaration Form to Toronto Hydro?

Instructions for submitting are located on the DRC Self-Declaration Form.

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Will you be forwarding the information I complete to anybody else?

With the exception of specific requests from the Ontario Energy Board, the Independent Electricity System Operator, Ministry of Energy and/or Ministry of Finance, Toronto Hydro will not share this information with any other party.

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If I have a store on the ground floor and an apartment on the upper floor billed under one meter, do I qualify?

Yes, the apartment would qualify provided it meets the definition of "eligible residential unit."

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