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​We'll always work with you to find resolution in the case of a billing dispute. And if we're wrong, we'll fix it.

In the case of an error, please contact us as soon as it is discovered. Where billing errors have resulted in overbilling, the customer will be credited with the amount erroneously paid for a period of up to 6 years. Where billing errors have resulted in under-billing, the customer shall be charged with the amount erroneously not billed for a period of up to:

  • 2 years, in the case of an individual residential customer who was not responsible for the error, and
  • 6 years, in other cases.

If you haven't paid your bills

We disconnect an account for non-payment 45 days after the billing date and the customer hasn't honored our payment arrangement. If you're having difficulty paying on time, please contact us as soon as possible so we can work with you to find alternate payment schedules. We're also happy to direct you toward social agency assistance upon request.

Before that:

  • An overdue notice is sent to the customer when an account is overdue 20 days from the billing date.
  • Seven days after the initial notice, a disconnect notice will be issued to the customer.
  • A disconnection notice is mailed out 19 days in advance of the disconnection.
  • An EPCOR representative will contact the customer 2 days before disconnection.
  • A hand-delivered notice is provided to the customer at the time of disconnection.

Reconnection charges

Reconnection charges of $85.00 each plus HST will be added to the account as applicable. Payment of the reconnection charge must be made before reconnection can occur and a security deposit or an increase to the existing security deposit may be required before reconnection of service is completed.

When media or social media are involved

Among other restrictions, the federal Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) states we can't give your account information to media (or anyone else), unless you sign a privacy waiver.

In cases where we don't have a waiver, we can't provide information about your situation. That's why we may not publicly respond to your social media post. Instead, we work to ensure you're able to get in direct contact with us.

There are often two sides to a story, and unless you agree to sign a privacy waiver, we won't provide your confidential information, regardless of the issue or media attention.

We respect your privacy

We adhere strictly to EPCOR's Privacy Policy, which follows the provincial Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA). Your account with EPCOR contains private information about you, including your address, phone number, current balance and payment details. Obviously, this kind of information isn't something that should be shared with the public. We understand that; after all, we're utility customers just like you. We do not share our account information with any third-party, unless required by law.

Billing Resolutions​

We'll always work with you to find resolution in the case of a billing dispute. And if we're wrong, we'll fix it. 

We make sure we're compliant with the rules of the Ontario Energy Board. Typically, we disconnect an account for non-payment 40 days after the account is past due and the customer hasn't honored our payment arrangement.

If you're having difficulty paying on time, please contact us as soon as possible so we can work with you to find alternate payment schedules. We're also happy to direct you toward social agency assistance upon request. There are special programs available for low-income customers.

If you haven't paid your bills

Because it's important that every ratepayer pay for the services they've used, we have to take action when someone isn't paying their bill. We only cut off power service when we've exhausted all other attempts at resolution and we've given advanced warning by phone/email or written notice.

Before that:

  • You'll receive a minimum of 3 warnings with options for payment arrangements before services are disconnected.
  • We'll send you an overdue notice.
  • If a payment isn't made, we'll send you a formal 14 day notice of disconnection.
  • If we still don't hear from you, we'll use the information we have on file to attempt to contact you 48 hours before disconnection (phone/email/written). 

Please make sure we have your current contact information on file to avoid any service interruption. 

Winter rules

The Ontario Energy Board prohibits any utility from shutting off power at residential sites between November 15 and May 1.

De-energizing sites in the winter

During Winter Rules, for safety reasons, we won't fully disconnect power at a residential site. If a customer would like to pursue a full disconnect of power when the above conditions are in effect, they must request a salvage to remove the meter at the residential site. For more information, please call (705) 445-1800.

Connecting with you before Winter Rules begin

Prior to winter rules, we send letters to customers whose service is turned off and are either:

  • Still disconnected
  • Paid up on their past-due, but haven't contacted us to reconnect service

If you receive one of these letters, please contact us as soon as possible so we can work with you to reconnect service. If we don't hear from you, we'll also try calling you to arrange for payment and reconnection.

If we're unable to contact you by phone and your site is disconnected but you paid your past-due balance, we'll arrange for a visit to the site to verify if power needs to be restored. Letters will be left at these customer locations if there is no one present. 

Meter Disputes

If your energy usage is not consistent with what you expected, please contact our office, or log in to your Customer Connect to investigate further. 

Our meters are verified as per measurement Canada standards but you do have the right to file a complaint with Measurement Canada if you think you've received an inaccurate measurement. If the meter is determined to be inaccurate, we'll correct your bill.  If the meter is confirmed to be accurate, you will be subject to a service charge. 

We respect your privacy

We adhere strictly to EPCOR's Privacy Policy, which follows the provincial Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIDEDA). Your account with EPCOR contains private information about you, including your address, phone number, current balance and payment details. Obviously, this kind of information isn't something that should be shared. We understand that; after all, we're utility customers just like you. We do not share our account information with any third-party, unless required by law.

When media or social media are involved

Among other restrictions, Ontario's Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act states we can't give your account information to media (or anyone else), unless you sign a privacy waiver.

In cases where we don't have a waiver, we can't provide information about your situation. That's why we may not publicly respond to your Tweet or social media post. Instead, we work to ensure you're able to get in direct contact with us.

There are often two sides to a story, and unless you agree to sign a privacy waiver, we won't provide your confidential information, regardless of the issue or media attention.

Billing support and resolutions

At EPCOR, we are always willing to work with our customers who are experiencing difficulties with their bill. We know that these times have been challenging. If you need support in managing your bill, we encourage you to reach out to our Customer Care team. We’re available to review your bill with you, offer options to help you manage your account. In the case of a billing dispute, if we are wrong, we will look to make it right.

If you are having trouble paying your bills

If you're having difficulty paying your utility bill on time, we encourage you to contact us as soon as possible. Our team is here to help. We will work with you to find payment arrangements that work for you, and we can direct you towards other financial support available.

Missing a single payment or making a late payment will not result in disconnection of your services in most cases. If you miss a payment, late fees do apply and your unpaid balance will carry forward to the next month’s bill. If your account remains past due, you will receive notifications from our Collections team by phone or letter. 

Billing support and resolutions

At EPCOR, we are always willing to work with our customers who are experiencing difficulties with their bill. We know that these times have been challenging. If you need support in managing your bill, we encourage you to reach out to our Customer Care team. We’re available to review your bill with you, offer options to help you manage your account. In the case of a billing dispute, if we are wrong, we will look to make it right.

If you are having trouble paying your bills

If you're having difficulty paying your utility bill on time, we encourage you to contact us as soon as possible. Our team is here to help. We will work with you to find payment arrangements that work for you, and we can direct you towards other financial support available.

Missing a single payment or making a late payment will not result in disconnection of your services in most cases. If you miss a payment, late fees do apply and your unpaid balance will carry forward to the next month’s bill. If your account remains past due, you will receive notifications from our Collections team by phone or letter. 

After a payment reminder

If you have received a payment reminder from us, you can get caught up with a one-time credit card payment or call us at 310-4300 to make payment arrangements to split the balance over time. 

There are a number of ways to pay your bill. Find the payment method​ that works best for you to keep your account up to date.​​

​​ When power or water service gets disconnected

It’s important that every customer pay for the services they've used. When someone isn’t paying their bill or working with us on an alternate payment schedule, we must take action. Power or water service will only get disconnected as a last resort, when we've exhausted all other attempts at resolution, and we've given advanced notice by p​​hone (we will leave a voicemail if no answer) or letter.​ ​

​It is important that you keep your contact information – phone number, email address and address – up-to-date on your account(s) so that we can reach you.​​

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When power service gets disconnected

It’s important that every customer pay for the services they've used. When someone isn’t paying their bill or working with us on an alternate payment schedule, we must take action. Power service will only get disconnected as a last resort, when we've exhausted all other attempts at resolution, and we've given advanced notice by phone (we will leave a voicemail if no answer) or letter.

It is important that you keep your contact information – phone number, email address and address – up-to-date on your account(s) so that we can reach you.


What to do if you receive a disconnection notice or get disconnected

​​If you have received a disconnection notice, or if your power service has been disconnected, and you wish to be reconnected, you must:

  1. ​Contact our Customer Care team immediately at 310-4300 Toll-Free in Alberta, or 1-800-667-2345 Toll-Free (outside of Alberta),
  2. Make a sufficient payment to your account, and 
  3. Arrange for a reconnection – fees apply. ​​

​Our Contact Center hou​​rs are:
Monday – Friday 8 am – 7:00 pm
Saturday 8 am – 4:30 pm
Closed Sundays and Statutory Holidays (including Easter Monday). 

What to do if you receive a disconnection notice or get disconnected

​​If you have received a disconnection notice, or if your power or water service has been disconnected, and you wish to be reconnected, you must:

  1. ​Contact our Customer Care team immediately at 310-4300 Toll-Free in Alberta, or 1-800-667-2345 Toll-Free (outside of Alberta),
  2. Make a sufficient payment to your account, and 
  3. Arrange for a reconnection – fees apply. 

​Our Contact Center hou​​rs are:
Monday – Friday 8 am – 7:00 pm
Saturday 8 am – 4:30 pm
Closed Sundays and Statutory Holidays (including Easter Monday). ​

Power disconnection rules in the winter (Winter Rules)​

During colder months, if you're having trouble paying your EPCOR power bill, the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) has measures to protect you.

The Alberta's Electricity Utilities Act Distribution Tariff Amendment Regulation prohibits any utility provider in Alberta from shutting off power at residential sites or on sites that are vacant between October 15 and April 15, or any other time when the temperature is forecast to be below 0°C in a 24 hour period (known as Winter Rules). During either of these times, the Act allows utilities to apply a power limiter. A power limiter does exactly what its name says: it limits how much power you can use.

Power limiters

A power limiter is installed on residential meters for non-payment and may also be installed on sites where no one is billing for the electricity services.​ You'll have enough power to run heat, a few lights and a major appliance such as a fridge. If your use of power exceeds the load limit, the limiter shuts off your service. ​There are 2 main types o​f power limiters:

Restricted flow limiter 

These types of limiters can be reset, and as long as you stay within the load limit you'll have electricity. The way to reset your limiter depends on which type you have. 

Automated limiters

These types of power limiters provide 240 volts of power and allow for the use of 240 volt devices. The limiter provides 420 watt hours of energy consumption within a 15 minute period. If energy consumption limit is exceeded within the 15 minute period, the power will cycle off for 15 minutes.​​​​

Disconnecting power in the winter

If a customer would like to pursue a full disconnect of power when the above conditions are in effect, they must request a salvage to remove the meter at the residential site. For more information, please call 310-4300.

Reconnecting service before winter

Prior to Winter Rules going into effect in October, we work to connect with customers who have been disconnected. We will send letters to customers whose service is turned off for non-payment prior to Winter Rules and:

  • Are still disconnected or;
  • Have paid up their past-due, but haven't contacted us to reconnect service.​

If you receive one of these letters, please contact us ASAP so we can work with you to reconnect service. If we don't hear from you, we'll also try contacting you by phone to arrange for payment and reconnection.

If we're unable to contact you by phone and your site is disconnected but ​you paid your past-due balance, we'll arrange for a visit to the site to verify if power needs to be restored. Letters will be left at these customer locations if there is no one present.

The end of Winter Rules 

When Winter Rules end in mid-April (or later if cold temperatures persist), we work to contact customers who are on a power limiter. We will phone (we will leave a voicemail if no answer) or send a letter to customers whose power is limited for non-payment during Winter Rules, but haven’t contacted us to arrange for payment. 

If you receive a phone call or a letter, please contact us ASAP so we can work with you to arrange for sufficient payment and reconnect service. If we're unable to connect with you to arrange payment, your site may be fully disconnected. 

Vacant sites, or sites where services are not enrolled will be fully disconnected at the end of Winter Rules, and will not receive advance notice. If you have a vacant site, and require power service, you must contact us prior to April 15 to have the site enrolled for billing. ​

We respect your privacy

We adhere strictly to EPCOR's Privacy Policy, which follows the provincial Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA).

Your account with EPCOR contains private information about you, including your address, phone number, current balance and payment details. Obviously, this kind of information isn't something that should be shared with the public. We understand that; after all, we're utility customers just like you. We do not share our account information with any third-party, unless required by law.

When media or social media are involved

Among other restrictions, Alberta's Personal Information Protection Act states we can't give your account information to media (or anyone else), unless you sign a privacy waiver.

In cases where we don't have a privacy waiver, we can't provide information about your situation. That's why we may not publicly respond to your Tweet or social media post. Instead, we work to ensure you're able to get in direct contact with us.

There are often two sides to a story, and unless you agree to sign a privacy waiver, we won't provide your confidential information, regardless of the issue or media attention.​ 

We'll always work with you to find resolution in the case of a billing dispute. And if we're wrong, we'll fix it.

In the case of an error, please contact us as soon as it is discovered. Where billing errors have resulted in overbilling, the customer will be credited with the amount erroneously paid for a period of up to 6 years. Where billing errors have resulted in under-billing, the customer shall be charged with the amount erroneously not billed for a period of up to:

  • 2 years, in the case of an individual residential customer who was not responsible for the error, and
  • 6 years, in other cases.

If you haven't paid your bills

We disconnect an account for non-payment 45 days after the billing date and the customer hasn't honored our payment arrangement. If you're having difficulty paying on time, please contact us as soon as possible so we can work with you to find alternate payment schedules. We're also happy to direct you toward social agency assistance upon request.

Before that:

  • An overdue notice is sent to the customer when an account is overdue 20 days from the billing date.
  • Seven days after the initial notice, a disconnect notice will be issued to the customer.
  • A disconnection notice is mailed out 19 days in advance of the disconnection.
  • An EPCOR representative will contact the customer 2 days before disconnection.
  • A hand-delivered notice is provided to the customer at the time of disconnection.

Reconnection charges

Reconnection charges of $85.00 each plus HST will be added to the account as applicable. Payment of the reconnection charge must be made before reconnection can occur and a security deposit or an increase to the existing security deposit may be required before reconnection of service is completed.

When media or social media are involved

Among other restrictions, the federal Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) states we can't give your account information to media (or anyone else), unless you sign a privacy waiver.

In cases where we don't have a waiver, we can't provide information about your situation. That's why we may not publicly respond to your social media post. Instead, we work to ensure you're able to get in direct contact with us.

There are often two sides to a story, and unless you agree to sign a privacy waiver, we won't provide your confidential information, regardless of the issue or media attention.

We respect your privacy

We adhere strictly to EPCOR's Privacy Policy, which follows the provincial Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA). Your account with EPCOR contains private information about you, including your address, phone number, current balance and payment details. Obviously, this kind of information isn't something that should be shared with the public. We understand that; after all, we're utility customers just like you. We do not share our account information with any third-party, unless required by law.​

 

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