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Ontario Extending State Of Emergency Orders And Hydro Rate Relief

Wednesday May 6th, 2020, 9:53am


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The Ontario government is extending all emergency orders made under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act until May 19th and announced further hydro rate relief for residents and businesses.

The emergency orders include closures of non-essential businesses, recreational facilities, limits on the size of gatherings, and others.

The government of Ontario declared a provincial emergency on March 17th.  The provincial emergency was last extended on April 14th and was set to end on May 12th.

“Although we are making progress in our fight against this COVID-19 outbreak, we are not out of the woods yet,” said Premier Doug Ford.”

The province is also extending emergency electricity rate relief to residents, small businesses and farms, until until May 31st. Officials say customers who pay time-of-use electricity rates will continue to be billed at the lowest price, known as the off-peak price, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The electricity rate relief originally provided for a 45-day period starting on March 24th.

Officials say there are approximately five million residential consumers, farms and small businesses billed using time-of-use electricity prices under the “Regulated Price Plan” which is billed at 10.1 cents per kilowatt hour during off-peaks.

The province’s emergency orders include the following:

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