Financial Assistance

SYNERGY NORTH has a variety of options to better manage your electricity costs. See our Financial Assistance Programs to see what options suit you.

Important Notice – On January 14, 2021 the Ontario Energy Board changed the criteria to make the CEAP-SB eligibility criteria more inclusive to customers.

SYNERGY NORTH customers who have already submitted an application, but did not previously qualify, will be re-evaluated under the new criteria.

There is no need to re-submit your application. 

COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program Small Business

The Government of Ontario is providing $8 million to support small business and registered charity customers struggling to pay their energy bills as a result of COVID-19. The COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) is delivered directly by electricity and natural gas utilities, further to rules laid out by the Ontario Energy Board (OEB).

COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program Small Business (CEAP-SB) provides a one time, on-bill credit for eligible small business and registered charity customers to help them catch up on their energy bills and resume regular payments.

CEAP-SB funding is limited.  We will be processing applications in the order in which they are received. Submitting an application for CEAP-SB does not guarantee funding.

Do I qualify?

Small businesses and registered charities may be eligible for CEAP-SB if they meet all of the following criteria:

  1. As of the date, you are applying, your small business or registered charity has an active account with an electricity distributor or a unit sub-meter provider. You will be required to provide your registered business number or registered charity number.
  2. Your small business or registered charity is classified as a general service less than 50 kilowatts (kW) customer if the account is with an electricity distributor, or
  3. Your small business or registered charity is using less than 150,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity annually if the account is with a unit sub-meter provider.
  4. As of the date you are applying, your small business or registered charity has overdue amounts owing from one or more previous electricity bill(s) incurred since March 17, 2020, the date of the initial Provincial Declaration of Emergency.

If you are not eligible for CEAP-SB, your business may still be eligible for property tax and energy bill rebates. More information can be found here.

In addition, your primary residence may be eligible for residential CEAP or lower-income energy support programs. Please contact your utility for information on entering into a payment agreement. You may also visit the Ontario Energy Board’s website for more information.

* “Close” means that the small business or registered charity was unable to maintain regular operations as a result of government order or health recommendations that required them to either fully close operations, limit access to their premises or limit the services provided or available to the public.

CEAP-SB Benefit Amounts

CEAP-SB provides a one time, on-bill credit to eligible small business and registered charity customers to help them catch up on their energy bills and resume regular payments.

Eligible small business and registered charity customers may qualify for up to $850 in support towards their electricity bill if they primarily use electricity for heating, or up to $425 otherwise.

A small business or registered charity can receive only one CEAP-SB credit towards their electricity bill and one CEAP-SB credit towards their natural gas bill, even if they have multiple locations throughout the Province.

If you previously received funding under this program and are reapplying based on overdue amounts still owing, you may qualify for additional funding up to a total combined maximum credit of $1,500.

Apply Today

To apply for the COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program Small Business, please download and complete the COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program Small Business Application Form. Once complete, please save, upload, and submit your application below. [If the pdf does not download, please right-click the link and select ‘save target as’ to save the pdf to your device] 

Please complete only one application for your primary residence. You cannot receive COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program Small Business(CEAP-SB) for multiple residences. If you have natural gas service, you may apply separately for natural gas CEAP-SB support through your natural gas utility.

After you have provided your information, please type your name(s) in Section 3. Please ensure that the information provided is accurate and up-to-date. If you have difficulty submitting your application, please contact our customer service department.

As a limited program, please note that applying does not guarantee that CEAP-SB support will be provided.

Click or drag a file to this area to upload.

Arrears Process

Has your account fallen behind? To avoid disconnection, it is important to contact Synergy North as soon as you receive a notice in the mail or receive a phone call from our office. Please ensure your phone number is up to date with our Customer Service department.  If Synergy North is unable to reach you, a final attempt will be made by delivering a notice to your door with the disconnection date, giving you about 48 hours before the power disconnection. One final phone call attempt will be made the day prior to disconnection.

If your power has been disconnected, Synergy North requires the full balance to be paid or for the customer to enter into a payment agreement. In most cases, the power will be restored once payment has been confirmed with two (2) calendar days.  Please contact our Customer Service department as soon as possible to see what options are available to you. To let us know if you have  made a payment, you can use the Confirm a Payment form online. All rules and guidelines for Customer Service are available through the Ontario Energy Board website. For more information regarding past due accounts and disconnection processes please use this link.

Synergy North has a payment plan that can assist you, as well as programs that are available to assist vulnerable customers.

Arrears Payment Plan

Payment plans are an option for customers who have fallen behind. An Arrears Payment Plan will allow you to repay your previous debt over a period of time but current bills will need to be paid by their due date. Please contact our Customer Service department for more information or to see if you are eligible for an arrears payment plan.