Northern Ontario Energy Credit

This credit helps Northern Ontario residents with the higher energy costs they face living in the north. The credit is part of a single benefit called the Ontario Trillium Benefit.

How much money could I receive?

For the 2014 benefit year, single people can receive up to $141, and families (including single parents) can receive up to $216.

These amounts are adjusted for inflation each year.

Use the online calculator to see how much money you can get.

Definition: benefit year

Definition: 'single individual', 'family', 'dependent child'

Do I qualify?

You may qualify for the 2014 credit if:

  • your principal residence on December 31, 2013 and at the beginning of the payment month is in Northern Ontario*, and
  • at the beginning of the payment month you are 18 years of age or older, or have or previously had a spouse or common-law partner, or are a parent who lives or previously lived with your child, and
  • for 2013, at least one of the following conditions applies:
    • rent or property tax for your principal residence was paid by or for you, or
    • you lived on a reserve and home energy costs were paid by or for you, or
    • you lived in a public long-term care home and an amount for accommodation was paid by or for you.

*Northern Ontario means the districts of Algoma, Cochrane, Kenora, Manitoulin, Nipissing, Parry Sound, Rainy River, Sudbury, Thunder Bay or Timiskaming.

How is the amount I get for the 2014 benefit year calculated?

The amount is based on your adjusted family net income, which is calculated based on amounts reported on your 2013 personal income tax and benefit return (return).

Single People

If your adjusted family net income is:

  • $37,843 or less, you will receive $141
  • greater than $37,843, the amount you receive will be reduced by one per cent of your income over $37,843
  • greater than $51,943, you do not qualify for this credit.

Families

If your adjusted family net income is:

  • $48,655 or less, you will receive $216
  • greater than $48,655, the amount you receive will be reduced by one per cent of your income over $48,655
  • greater than $70,255, you do not qualify for this credit.

Definition: adjusted family net income

How do I get the credit?

You apply for the credit by completing the ON-BEN Application for the Ontario Trillium Benefit and the Ontario Senior Homeowners' Property Tax Grant, which is part of your return.

You may qualify for this payment even if you do not owe income tax.

The deadline for filing returns is April 30 of each year. If you file late, your credit payments may be delayed.

Download the ON-BEN Application form for the Ontario Trillium Benefit and the Ontario Senior Homeowners' Property Tax Grant

Get your General Income Tax and Benefit package from the Canada Revenue Agency

When will I receive my money?

The Northern Ontario Energy Credit is issued as part of the Ontario Trillium Benefit.

When is the Ontario Trillium Benefit paid?

View the CRA benefit payment dates

Tax Credit Calculator: Are You Getting Money Back?

Did you know?

You and your family could receive other Ontario tax credits. Use the tax credit calculator to learn more.

If you are a senior, you could also receive the Ontario Senior Homeowners' Property Tax Grant.

Do you need help completing your return?

If you are unable to prepare your return yourself, the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program may be able to help you.

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