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COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program for Small Business (CEAP-SB) Application Form (Electricity)

Instructions

As of January 13th, 2021, amendments were made to CEAP-SB requirements. The new requirements are as follows

  • Business may complete one or more applications if their business has multiple account numbers operating under the same legal business name
  • Previously denied applications we’ll be reviewed and notified if they are accepted under the new requirements
  • Previously approved applications can reapply for a ‘top-up’ of funds
  • All accepted applications can receive a maximum credit of $1,500

Program Eligibility 

CEAP-SB will be available to small business and registered charity customers served by Orangeville Hydro, including those that have a contract with an electricity retailer, who meet all of the following eligibility criteria.

Small businesses and registered charities may be eligible for CEAP-SB if they meet all of the following criteria:

  1. The customer has an active account with Orangeville Hydro
  2. The customer’s account falls within the following class:
    • The General Service less than 50 kW rate class (Customers can find information about their class on their bill, or they can contact Orangeville Hydro)
  3. The customer has a registered business number or charitable registration number for the small business or registered charity operating out of the premises.
  4. As of the date you are applying, your small business or registered charity have overdue amounts owing from one or more previous electricity bill(s)

If you are not eligible for CEAP-SB, your place of residence may be eligible for income-eligible energy support programs. Please contact us for information on entering into a payment agreement.  You may also visit the Ontario Energy Board’s website for more information.

Please complete a electricity application for your registered small business or registered charity. If you have natural gas service, you may also be able to apply separately for natural gas CEAP-SB support through your natural gas utility. 

After you have provided your information, please sign this form and provide your consent by:

 (a) if submitting electronically, typing your name(s) in Section 4; or

 (b) if submitting by mail, you may print the completed form and sign Section 4 by hand. Please ensure that the information provided is accurate and up-to-date.

Once completed, the form can be submitted on the page, emailed, or printed and mailed to Orangeville Hydro. Applications will be processed in the order they are received.  For more information on residential CEAP and lower-income energy support programs available, please visit the Ontario Energy Board’s website, call or email Orangeville Hydro

Section 1: Notice and Consent

When submitting this completed form to your utility, please do not provide any personal information. The term “personal information” has the same meaning as under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, R.S.O. 1990 c. F.31. Please note that information requested in this form is business identity information (i.e. name, title, and business contact information), not personal information.

Should any personal information be provided within this form, this personal information will be collected by your utility in accordance with applicable privacy legislation such as the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act or the federal Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act and the licence granted to it by the Ontario Energy Board under the Ontario Energy Board Act, 1998

Your business information is being collected for the purpose of administering CEAP-SB, including but not limited to, determining your eligibility for CEAP-SB.  

In addition, your utility may use information already collected from you for the purposes of administering your utility account (e.g., any data respecting billing, bill payments), for the purposes of evaluating your eligibility for CEAP-SB and administering CEAP-SB.

The funding for CEAP-SB is provided by the Government of Ontario. Given that, in order to verify and determine whether you were eligible for CEAP-SB and/or to otherwise administer CEAP-SB, it may be necessary for your utility to share your information with the Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines. If the Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines requests any of the information, including personal information contained in this form in order to verify your eligibility for CEAP-SB or for audit purposes related to the administration of CEAP-SB, your utility will supply it to them. The Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines may contact you for further information as part of their audit. You are encouraged to retain any documentation that demonstrates you meet the eligibility for CEAP-SB.

By completing and submitting this application form, you are consenting to the collection, use, and disclosure of your information, including personal information as described above.  

Contact information for the person who can answer questions about the collection of the information in this form is available on your utility’s web site.

COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program For Small Business (CEAP-SB) Application Form (Electricity)

  • Section 2: Program Eligibility Requirements

  • 1. Are you applying for support for a small business or registered charity? * Required

    If you select Yes, please provide your registered business number or charitable registration number.

    If you select No, CEAP-SB is a targeted program designed to aid certain customers in these difficult times. The response you have selected means your small business or registered charity does not meet the program’s eligibility criteria.

  • 2. As of the date you are applying, does your small business or registered charity have either: (a) an active account with an electricity distributor as a general service less than 50 kilowatt (kW) customer; or (b) an active account with a unit sub-meter provider and use less than 150,000 kWh of electricity annually? * Required

    If you select Yes, your electricity utility will verify this information.

    If you select No, CEAP-SB is a targeted program designed to aid certain customers in these difficult times. The response you have selected means your small business or registered charity does not meet the program’s eligibility criteria.

  • 3. As of the date you are applying, does your small business or registered charity have overdue amounts owing from one or more previous electricity bill(s) since March 17, 2020, the date of the initial Provincial Declaration of Emergency? * Required

    I have overdue amounts owing from one or more previous bill(s) since March 17, 2020. If you select Yes, your electricity utility will verify this information.

    If you select No, CEAP-SB is a targeted program designed to aid certain customers in these difficult times. The response you have selected means your small business or registered charity does not meet the program’s eligibility criteria.

  • 4. Have you previously applied for and received funding for CEAP-SB electricity support? * Required

    If you select Yes, and are eligible, the total of previously received funding and any additional funding will not exceed the new maximum credit of $1,500.

    If you select No, you may be eligible to receive funding up to the new maximum credit of $1,500.

  • Section 3: Utility Account Holder Information

    Before you begin, make sure that you have a copy of your bill for reference.

    Utility Account Information: Please enter your information exactly as it appears on your Orangeville Hydro bill. If your information is not entered as it appears on your utility bill, your application may not be able to be processed until the information can be corrected and verified.

  • Account Service Address * Required
  • Your Contact Information

    Please provide the best number or e-mail address for your utility to contact you if they have questions about your application.

  • (home, work or mobile)
  • Section 4: Declaration

    By signing below,

    a) I declare that the information I have provided in this application is true and correct; and
    b) I indicate my consent to the collection, use and disclosure of my personal information as described in this form.

We will review this application and notify you whether your small business or registered charity is eligible for CEAP-SB. If approved, a one-time credit amount will appear on your next bill or the following one, depending on where the customer is in the billing cycle.