Consumer Protection

Ontario Passes Legislation That May Ban Door-to-Door HVAC Transactions

On April 10, 2017, the Ontario government passed Bill 59, titled Putting Consumers First Act (Consumer Protection Statute Law Amendment), 2017. The version of the legislation that was passed is substantially similar to the initial version, which we wrote about in an earlier post, and in a related article focusing on the implications of Bill […]

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Regulatory Changes to Support Ontario’s Fair Hydro Plan Posted for Comment

Earlier this month, the Ontario Ministry of Energy posted two notices about regulatory amendments being proposed to implement the Fair Hydro Plan announced by Premier Wynne. As we discussed earlier, the Fair Hydro Plan aims to reduce Ontario electricity bills by 25% through a series of measures, including eliminating the provincial portion of HST; extending […]

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NRCan Developing Stringent Energy Efficiency Standards For Appliances and Equipment

On March 4, 2017, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) issued a Notice to initiate the development of new or more stringent energy efficiency standards for 17 product categories of appliances and equipment. This is the first step in a consultation process that will result in updates to the Energy Efficiency Regulations made under the Energy Efficiency […]

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OEB Bans Residential Electricity Customer Disconnections For the 2017 Winter

As expected, the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) has moved quickly to ban local electricity distribution companies (LDCs) from disconnecting residential consumers during the current winter season. In a Decision and Order issued on February 23, 2017, the OEB amended the licences of each LDC to include the following new licence conditions: Until April 30, 2017, […]

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Ontario Passes Legislation to Support Banning Winter Disconnections

On February 22, 2017, the Ontario government introduced and passed the Protecting Vulnerable Energy Consumers Act, 2017 (Bill 95). The new legislation was introduced and passed all in one sitting because it had the unanimous support of all parties in the Legislature. This legislation follows the Minister of Energy’s letter to local electricity distribution companies […]

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