QUEEN’S PARK – Andrea Horwath, Leader of the Official Opposition New Democrats, has released a statement following the government’s decision to force customers to pay Time of Use pricing again for electricity:
“Just last month Doug Ford promised he would ‘take the burden off families’ during the COVID-19 pandemic — but his actions don’t match his words. I’m shocked that the government is preparing to hike the hydro bills of families and small businesses already struggling, by tacking Time of Use pricing back onto their bills.
Millions of Ontarians are doing their part by staying at home to protect the most vulnerable in our province. Hiking their bills for daytime electricity use punishes them for doing that.
With so many families struggling with rent, mortgage payments and bills they can’t afford right now — through no fault of their own — this hydro bill hike is cruel, and tone-deaf. The government should cancel Time of Use pricing until after the end of the pandemic, and work on making electricity bills more affordable, not more expensive.”