Canadian Manufacturing

Ontario expanding reduced electricity rates program for business

Incentive program could see smaller companies save an average 15 to 20 per cent on their energy bills

April 25, 2014  Dan Ilika

TORONTO—The Ontario government says it is proposing to help more businesses save on their electricity costs in an effort to create more jobs.

The Industrial Conservation Initiative (ICI) provides incentives for large electricity consumers to shift their electricity consumption to off-peak hours to save an average 15 to 20 per cent on their energy bills.

Proposed modifications to the ICI would reduce eligibility to companies with monthly peak demand greater than three megawatts, making the program available to hundreds of additional businesses.

The program offers companies reduced electricity rates if they expand their operations and create jobs.


Starting this year, the government says broader eligibility for new applications will allow for participation from a wider range of companies.

Ontario-based small businesses will also be offered enhanced conservation programs in partnership with local distribution companies.