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Important information for our customers about Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro Inc.’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Updated: January 18, 2022

With the World Health Organization’s declaration of the COVID-19 pandemic on March 11, 2020, Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro immediately began taking steps to protect the health and well-being of its customers, employees, and the general public.

Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro has a comprehensive pandemic plan that has been implemented and updated as needed as the situation continues to evolve. The plan is designed to ensure that operations and infrastructure are properly supported so that Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro can continue to provide reliable electricity services to its customers, and to protect the health and well-being of customers, employees, and the general public.

Below you will find information about options available to customers during the pandemic. This page is updated regularly as the situation continues to evolve. 

Learn more about:

Customer care options during COVID-19

Visiting Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro's Office

Flexible payment options and financial assistance programs 

Self-serve tools 

What is "essential work" for Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro? 

Visiting Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro's Office

Our office is closed to the public until further notice.

Learn more about our Customer Care options during COVID-19

For information about how to pay your bill, visit our Payments page.

For forms for residential customers, including move in and move out forms, visit our Forms for Residents page.

For forms for business customers, including starting, stopping, or moving service, visit our Forms for Businesses page.  

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Flexible payment options and financial assistance programs

Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro customers who are struggling to pay their electricity bills can make alternate and flexible bill payment arrangements by calling Customer Care at 519-743-3600.

Financial assistance programs are also available for residential customers who need additional bill support, including emergency financial relief through the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) and the Ontario Electricity Support Program (OESP), which provides eligible low-income customers with a fixed monthly credit on their electricity bills. 

There are also payment options available for customers who do not need financial assistance, but who want to make managing their electricity bills easier, including:

NEW! The Ontario Business Costs Rebate Grant

The Ontario Business Costs Rebate Program provides eligible businesses with rebate payments up to 100 per cent on property taxes and energy costs, in the form of grants.

Business must be subject to a provincially-mandated capacity limit of 50 per cent or lower (including a requirement to temporarily close).

Businesses will be required to submit proof of costs associated with property tax and energy bills as part of the application process.

To apply, visit Businesses: Get help with COVID-19 costs and follow the link to complete the online application form.

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Self-serve tools 

To protect the health and well-being of our workers and the general public, we have temporarily closed our office to visitors and some employees are working from home.

Many of the business transactions that are done at our customer service counter can be done online or over the phone, including:

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What is "essential work" for Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro?

Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro Inc. (Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro) has been identified as an essential workplace. That’s because safe, reliable electricity service is vital to other essential services that protect the health and well-being of residents and businesses in Kitchener and Wilmot Township, such as hospitals, long-term care homes, grocery stores, restaurants, and farms.

The work our crews do is fundamental to electricity reliability and includes:

Pole replacement

Some of the poles in our service territory have reached the end of their life and in order to ensure reliable service and protect the safety of the public, these poles must be replaced.

Tree trimming

Tree limbs and branches near power lines can be dangerous. Spring and summer are busy storm seasons with the potential for high winds, and with leaves sprouting in the next few weeks, we must proactively trim trees to keep branches well away from power lines to ensure reliability and protect public safety. Learn more about our tree trimming program and schedule.

Municipal infrastructure enhancements

Our community is growing, and Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro plays an important role in ensuring that the infrastructure needed to support that growth is in place and ready to go when life returns to normal. We are required by law to ensure that electricity is available to power new residential and commercial development, and we must move service lines to accommodate widening roads.

Keeping our crews working also ensures that we are ready to respond in the event of any power emergencies. We are taking every precaution to protect the health and safety of our crews and the public, including sanitizing equipment daily, reducing the number of workers on a crew and in a vehicle, and practicing physical distancing where possible. Please help keep our team safe by staying two metres away from workers and minimizing contact.

We understand that these are uncertain times and people are uncertain about what the future holds.If you have any questions or to discuss your account, give us a call at 519-743-3600 or email us at

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