Ontario Extends All Emergency Orders until May 19

Ontario is extending an emergency order that lowers electricity rates to off-peak hours until May 31.  The province will continue to bill customers at the lowest possible rate 24 hours/day for the next 24 days.  It follows on an initial 45 day period for the hydro discount that began March 24, 2020.

“During this extraordinary period, many people are struggling to pay the bills as they do the right thing by staying at home, as well as our farmers and those whose businesses have closed or suffered reduced customer traffic,” Premier Doug Ford said.

The province has also extended all other emergency orders until May 19.  This includes the prohibition on public events, closure of non-essential businesses, and closure of outdoor amenities.  Garden Centres began opening earlier this week for curbside pickup.  Ontario recorded another 412 cases overnight.