New numbers released by the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) reveal Ontarians are falling behind on their energy bills, with the amount growing, and those who can least afford it are falling deeper into debt.
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.
Hydro One, which serves 1.3 million customers in rural Ontario, reported the number of residential customers in arrears increased from 183,934 in 2013 to 225,952 in 2015, an increase of 22.8 per cent. According to the OEB, “arrears” is classified as an account that is 46 days past the payment period.
However, Hydro One has its own set of numbers. The utility counts arrears as 90 days past due and says 75,847 accounts were in “arrears” in 2013, which fell to 51,959 in 2015.
Is it ethical to shut off the power of someone who is behind on their bills, or is that just the way of the road? Is getting a monthly bill affecting your budget management, or does it yield no difference from a bi-monthly bill?