Small businesses were already concerned about energy costs - the recent budget moved to increases their electricity prices anyway
Ontario budget could cost small businesses - Windsor - CBC News:
Small business owners in Windsor could soon be hit with sticker shock when they open their electricity bills.
Many of them will no longer qualify for the 10 per cent Ontario clean energy benefit rebate if the provincial budget presented by Ontario's finance minister Dwight Duncan passes.
Al Kidd owns IXL Cleaners in Windsor. He pays about $1,000 a month to power a boiler for his heavy-duty equipment.
"It's huge. It's crippling," he said of the possible change in policy. "We've seen our energy costs go up probably 300 per cent over the last six to eight years and it's the kind of manoeuvre that we can't afford to deal with."
He said not receiving the discount may mean staffing cutbacks and lower wages.