Coronavirus: Doug Ford says ‘relief’ coming on hydro rates as Ontarians told to stay home

Premier Doug Ford says “relief” on hydro rates is coming for Ontarians as people are being told to stay home amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

During a press conference Saturday, Ford was asked about the possibility of altering time-of-use rates, which is how the vast majority of hydro customers in the province are charged for electricity.

“That came to cabinet last night and you’ll hear an announcement over the next few days, but we’re going to move quick on that. It’s just one small way of helping people,” Ford said.

When asked for further details as to what is being considered, Ford’s press secretary said, “As the premier has said previously, all options are on the table.”

According to the Ontario Energy Board’s (OEB) website, during the winter period — from Nov. 1 to April 30 — on-peak hours are from 7 a.m to 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays.

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