How to Apply for the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program in Ontario

How to Apply for the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program in Ontario

Are you struggling to keep up with your electricity or natural gas bills? It can be overwhelming to face the possibility of having your service disconnected. But there is hope. The Low-income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) may be able to provide you with emergency financial assistance to help you get back on track. If you’re looking for ways to save on those bills through actions check out this post.

What Is LEAP?

The Low-income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) is a service that helps Ontario residents with emergency funding if they are behind on their electrical or natural gas bills. If you’re looking for more long-term help there is the Ontario Electricity Support Program (OESP). It is a program run by the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) that aims to reduce electricity bills for households with lower incomes over a 2-year time period. You can learn more here.

How Does LEAP Help?

LEAP is committed to assisting those with limited means with up to $500 in emergency assistance for their electricity bills ($600 if your abode is heated electrically) and an additional sum of $500 if any natural gas charges are incurred.

Who Can Apply For LEAP Assistance?

Your household income must be below a specific benchmark to meet the requirements. The amount of revenue that is required to attain eligibility varies based on two variables:

  • How many people live in the house
  • Your combined household income

LEAP EFA income eligibility criteria

Household after tax income ($)Number of people living in home
Less than 28,000
28,001 – 39,000  
39,001 – 48,000    
48,001 – 52,000      

What Are The Requirements For Receiving LEAP Assistance?

Step 1: Collecting your paperwork  

You will be asked to provide:

  • Identification
  • Current electricity and gas bills
  • A disconnection notice, if you have received one
  • A copy of a rental contract, lease or mortgage documents
  • Proof of household income – cheque stub, employment letter, the income tax return for adult members of the household
  • A copy of your most recent bank statement

Step 2: Approving your status

The agency reviewing your case will decide if you fall within the low-income bracket. As part of this process, they may contact your electricity or natural gas provider and persuade them to suspend disconnection/cancellation activities on account while they reach a decision. Your utility will be notified in case you’re denied.

Where Can I Apply For LEAP Assistance?

You’re going to have to contact a local LEAP agency. They are trained in ensuring your application process is as easy as possible.


If you live in Ontario and need help paying your energy bills, then you may be eligible for LEAP assistance. Please contact your local LEAP Agency for more information and to apply.

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  1. Steph.S
    March 31, 2023 / 2:15 am

    Cool didn’t know about this program

  2. Heather Swanson
    April 2, 2023 / 1:58 pm

    will pass along

  3. Ryley
    April 2, 2023 / 8:55 pm

    Good to know.

  4. Steph.s
    April 4, 2023 / 1:24 am

    Thanks for the info

  5. Debbie Beattie
    April 4, 2023 / 2:05 am

    This will hopefully help a lot of people stay warm and keep the lights on

  6. Shirley O
    April 4, 2023 / 9:07 pm

    Very useful information that I will be sure to pass on.

  7. Ryley
    April 14, 2023 / 10:56 am

    Thanks for sharing all this great info!

  8. Heather Swanson
    April 5, 2024 / 1:25 pm

    great advice

  9. Natalie
    April 7, 2024 / 11:34 pm

    Great breakdown of the program!

  10. Ryley
    April 12, 2024 / 9:28 am

    Great information. Thanks!