COVID-19

How we're powering through the COVID-19 pandemic

At Toronto Hydro, we take pride in powering our city and are committed to maintaining a safe and reliable electricity distribution system during this unprecedented time. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, we'll continue to serve our customers while protecting the health and safety of our employees and our community.

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How we're responding

When it comes to responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, we all have a part to play. As our customers do their part by following the latest public health guidelines, we're committed to doing ours — providing safe and reliable electricity while protecting the employees performing this critical work.

As an essential workplace, we're continuing with critical work in order to continue safely powering our city’s homes and businesses – today, tomorrow and in the months ahead.

As a result, you may see our crews continuing to work in your community. During this time, our crews will practise physical distancing whenever possible. However, sometimes the nature of their work will require them to work as a team. All of our crews are trained to perform safety assessments before completing any work in order to help them identify potential hazards, including those related to COVID-19.

Across all of our work, we're committed to protecting both our front-line workers and the communities we serve while we work to safely power our city.

Supporting CaféTO and keeping the public safe

We’re working closely with the City of Toronto to support its CaféTO initiative. For residents who may be dining on city streets or sidewalks this summer, please be mindful that Toronto Hydro has electrical equipment located above and below ground throughout the city. To help ensure your safety, please remember to keep a safe distance from this equipment.

Tips to stay safe around electrical equipment

We've evaluated our upcoming work to determine how we can adapt to the unprecedented circumstances that we're facing. While we've done our best to postpone work where possible, we're moving forward with critical projects that are needed to help maintain the safety and reliability of the grid.

When completing this critical work, we'll be taking all steps possible to minimize inconvenience to customers, including proactively reaching out to customers that are affected.

Safety reminder: If you come across one of our crews working in your community, please practise physical distancing and avoid approaching them directly in order to ensure your safety and theirs.

In accordance with the recommendation from Toronto's Medical Officer of Health, and in step with other large private organizations in Ontario, Toronto Hydro will be instituting a mandatory vaccination policy that requires employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

The adoption of a mandatory vaccination policy in accordance with Toronto Public Health guidance is a reasonable next step that can be taken to protect our workplace and keep our community safe.

Read our full announcement

How we're helping customers

We know the COVID-19 pandemic is putting economic stress on families and businesses, and we’re committed to helping our customers manage their electricity bills during this challenging time. As a result, we're working with customers who may need greater flexibility on payment options at this time.

Our Customer Care team is here to help with billing concerns and payment options. To discuss your bill and payment needs in more detail, please call us directly at 416-542-8000. We strongly encourage those who are able to continue to pay their bills on time in order to help us maintain service levels during this challenging time.

Paperless billing

If you have concerns regarding handling your paper bill, we encourage customers to sign up for eBills using our customer self-serve portal.

For residential customers

Low-income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP)

The LEAP grant program helps those who are struggling to pay past-due bills or have already received a disconnection notice. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) temporarily changed the guidelines so that applicants no longer need to have received a disconnection notice or been disconnected in order to qualify. In addition, grant amounts were doubled up to a maximum of $1,000 per household per year (up to $1,200 for electrically heated homes).

Learn more about LEAP

Additional support for residential customers

Additional financial assistance programs are available to help residential customers manage their electricity costs, including the Emergency Energy Fund (EEF) and the Ontario Electricity Support Program (OESP).

Learn more about our financial assistance programs

For business customers

COVID-19 Business Costs Rebate Program

The Government of Ontario has introduced the COVID-19 Business Costs Rebate Program. The program aims to support businesses that are most impacted by public health measures that were put into place in response to the Omicron variant.

Eligible businesses that are required to close or reduce their capacity to 50% will receive rebate payments for their energy costs and property tax. A full list of eligible business types and online applications is available on the Government of Ontario website.

Businesses are required to submit energy bills as part of the application process. You can download copies of your energy bill using our self-serve portal.

Don’t have an online account? Register for access to our self-serve portal

Learn more and apply for the COVID-19 Business Costs Rebate Program

COVID-19 Small Business Relief Grant

The Government of Ontario announced a new COVID-19 Small Business Relief Grant for small businesses that are required to close under the province’s modified Step Two of Roadmap to Reopen.

Eligible businesses will receive a grant of $10,000. Applications for the Ontario COVID-19 Small Business Relief Grant will be open in the coming weeks.

Learn more about the COVID-19 Small Business Relief Grant

Additional support for businesses

The federal government has measures in place to provide financial support to businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. To learn about federal government financial programs and benefits, visit the Government of Canada’s Support for Businesses page.

We've extended the suspension of electricity disconnections for non-payment until further notice. This extension provides additional time for customers in arrears to contact us and make arrangements for payment on their accounts so they don’t have to worry about being without electricity during this time.

If you’re struggling to pay your bill due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re providing greater payment flexibility on arrears to better address your specific needs. To discuss your bill and payment options in more detail, please call our Customer Care team at 416-542-8000, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

With many of our customers spending more time at home, we recognize that energy consumption habits may change. We have tips and resources that may help customers save energy and money at home during this time.

Residential tips and resources

Fraudsters are trying to take advantage of electricity consumers during the COVID-19 pandemic by threatening to disconnect their power. Please note that we've suspended electricity disconnections for non-payment until further notice.

Note: We never threaten to disconnect power immediately and will never ask a customer to call a 1-800 number to make a payment.

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