COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program for Small Business (CEAP-SB) Application Form (Electricity)
Please complete only one electricity application for your registered small business or
registered charity. You cannot receive COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program for Small
Business (CEAP-SB) funding for multiple storefronts or locations, and you can only
receive CEAP-SB funding from your electricity provider once. 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 emailed or printed and mailed to your utility. Your
utility may offer other ways to submit your application, including in some cases by
phone. Please refer to your utility’s website or contact them for more details.
CEAP-SB funding is limited and applying does not guarantee that your utility has CEAPSB funding remaining. Applications will be processed in the order they are received.
For information on residential CEAP and lower-income energy support programs
available, please visit the Ontario Energy Board’s website.
You are eligible for this program if you meet all of the following criteria:
1. As of the date you are applying, your small business or registered charity has an
active account with an electricity distributor or a unit sub-meter provider. You will
be required to provide your registered business number or registered charity
2. Your small business or registered charity is using less than 150,000 kWh of
electricity annually if the account is with a unit sub-meter provider.
3. Your small business or registered charity is classified as a general service less than 50
kW customer if the account is with an electricity distributor.
4. Your small business or registered charity did not have any overdue amounts on
its electricity bill on March 17, 2020, the date of the Provincial Declaration of
Emergency, or made at least partial payments on amounts overdue prior to March 17, 2020.
5. As of the date you are applying, your small business or registered charity has any
overdue amounts owing from at least two electricity bills since March 17, 2020.
6. Your small business or registered charity was required to close* its premises to
members of the public for regular operations for at least fifteen days as a result of
a government order or an inability to adapt your business or charity to comply
with public health recommendations.
* “close” means that the small business or registered charity was unable to
maintain regular operations as a result of government order or health
recommendations that required them to either fully close operations, limit access
to their premises or limit the services provided or available to the public.
You may be eligible for an enhanced credit if your small business or registered charity’s
main heating source is electricity.
If you are not eligible for CEAP-SB, your place of residence may still be eligible for
residential CEAP or lower-income energy support programs. Please contact your utility
for information on entering into a payment agreement. You may also visit the Ontario
Energy Board’s website for more information .