New numbers released by the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) reveal more Ontarians are falling behind on their energy bills, with the amount they owe climbing, and those who can least afford it are falling deeper into debt.
The new data follows an on-going investigation by Global News that has looked at the problem of sky-high hydro bills facing rural Ontarians and the constant threat of disconnection.
According to the data released Wednesday, 567,000 Ontario electricity customer accounts were in arrears at end of 2015, owing $172.5 million, significantly higher than the 472,620 customers who owed roughly $108 million in 2013.
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