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Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario
1,426 days in office
Ontario's 42nd Parliament
07 Jun 2018 - 03 May 2022

The 2018 Ontario general election was held on June 7, 2018 to elect the 124 members of the 42nd Parliament of Ontario.

The Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, led by Doug Ford, won a majority government with 76 of the 124 seats in the legislature. The incumbent Liberal government was effectively swept out of Parliament, securing only 7 seats in the legislature and consequently having to surrender official party status.

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Promise History

1.03.09 - “Cutting hydro rates by 12% for families, farmers, and small businesses, saving an average family over $170 a year”

In progress

Although the Ontario government introduced a number of hydro rate relief programs since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, these have mostly served to stabilize, rather than reduce, hydro rates for residences and small businesses. The promise therefore remains in progress.

“Effective November 1, 2021 the Ontario government’s Ontario Electricity Rebate (OER) will be changed to 17.0%.”

In progress

“The government said electricity prices will be on an off-peak rate of 8.5 cents per kilowatt an hour for all time-of-use and tiered customers starting on Jan. 1, 2021. The rate will be in place all day for the following 28 days.”


According to the Ontario Energy Board, hydro rates have, in fact, increased by 1.8% since the Ford government took office. The promise is therefore broken.

“Since [Premier Doug] Ford took office in June 2018, the cost of electricity for average households has risen by about 1.8 per cent, according to the Ontario Energy Board.”

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Reference Documents

“Maintaining the Fair Hydro Trust in good standing […] Administering, managing and operating the Fair Hydro Trust, including to enable compliance with its obligations under the governing documents for each existing funding obligation and the other contracts and instruments to which the Fair Hydro Trust is or becomes a party.”

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