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COVID-19 Utility Bill Deferral

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With many community members and business owners impacted by COVID-19, the City of Medicine Hat has determined preliminary measures for ratepayers who are experiencing unexpected challenges and uncertainty that may be affecting their ability to pay City of Medicine Hat utility bills.

Effective March 16, 2020 
All residential, farm and small commercial customers can defer utility bill payments for 90 days (until June 18) without penalty and disconnection.  Customers within this range don’t have to apply to enact this.  For all other customers requiring the deferral, you are required to contact or call 403.529.8113.

Effective June 19, 2020                                                                      

The utility bill deferral program ends and normal collection processes resume. 

Here are some options for customers:

If your account is on a pre-authorized payment plan and you wish to cancel these withdrawals please email or call 403.529.8111.  Payments can be paid online or via telephone banking until our office is notified to reinstate the pre-authorized withdrawals.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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What does a 90 day utility bill deferral mean?
Who is eligible?
How do I know if I am eligible?
Can medium and large commercial customers participate in the deferral plan?
How do I enact this deferral?
I have pre-authorized payments, can I stop these withdrawals?
How long can I defer my utilities?
Will I still get a utility bill during this time?
Should I make payments on my account during this time?