General Topics and Information - Central East

Site: No Physical Location

Service: Utility Assistance, Huron County

Record #: GBA3238
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2024
Last Full Update: 04 Apr 2018


Description (Service) COVID-19
Support for small businesses and registered charities struggling to pay energy bills. A one time, on-bill credit. Apply through electricity and natural gas utilities or unit sub-meter providers (USMPs). Applications begin Aug 31, 2020. Funding is limited, applications processed in order received and submitting an application does not guarantee funding. For full details HERE

Regular Service
Programs that provide financial assistance for people who are at risk of having their utilities cut of and have exhausted all other sources of financial assistance. Emergency Financial Assistance provides emergency relief to eligible low-income customers experiencing difficulty paying current arrears. Funds are applied to outstanding utility bill payments, not to security deposit payments due. Does not provide regular or ongoing bill payment assistance.

Hydro One - program runs from January 2 - December 31 each year (unless funds are depleted before Dec 31). Administered through United Way Greater Simcoe County in Barrie for all of Ontario.

LEAP (Low Energy Assistance Program) provides emergency assistance for eligible low-income customers, including recipients of OW and ODSP. Call 1-855-487-5327 for assistance or to be put on waiting list if funds are depleted (refer to CWD7375 for LEAP fund status)

Ontario Electricity Support Program (OESP) - monthly discount on hydro bills through Ontario Energy Board. Call 1-855-831-8151 for Application.

Emergency Heat or Hydro - Huron County Social Services, Pathways to Self-Sufficiency Program ( CHPI ) (GBA3635).
Contact 519-482-8505 or Toll Free 1-888-371-5718. Ask for the Pathways Program ext.4509.

Other Programs that may offer Utility Assistance:
1. Salvation Army Family Services may be able to assist with winter utilities bills.
  • In Clinton contact 519-482-8586 (GBA2150)
  • In Goderich contact 519-524-2950 (GBA3657)
  • In Wingham contact 519-357-1387 (GBA2364), provides assistance with gas, hydro, oil (no wood)
2. St Vincent de Paul (GBA2160) offers emergency support for rent, heat, hydro, dental and eye care. Contact 519-524-1087

3. Blessings Community Store (GBA2260) in Zurich offers support for payment of rent/heat bills or emergency medical expenses. Contact 519-236-4376.

Service Details

Hours n/a
Areas Served Huron County
Eligibility Assistance subject to eligibility requirements.
Application Contact
Languages English
Fees None

Address and Location

Address & Map
Coordinates: 44.6073644, -79.4190960
Physical Access Not Applicable

Contact Information

Office Phone 519-482-8505
Toll Free Phone 1-888-371-5718

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