The Ontario government says it is once again amending electricity rates for some Ontarians as the province endures another shutdown due to COVID-19.
The government announced it would adjust electricity rates to current off-peak pricing of 8.2 cents per kilowatt-hour.
Rates would go off-peak starting Jan. 18 at 12:01 a.m. — all day — for 21 days.
The off-peak rates would automatically apply to residential customers, small businesses and farms who pay regulated rates set by the Ontario Energy Board.
The province implemented a “modified Step Two” on Wednesday for at least three weeks in an effort to limit contacts and low down a surging Omicron wave by closing some businesses and implementing capacity restrictions on others.
Ontario has previously switched electricity rates to off-peak due to shutdowns such as in the second wave of COVID last January when people were forced to say home amid a lockdown.