Some other provinces, notably Alberta and Saskatchewan, get most of their electricity from coal-fired power plants (although Alberta is looking to replace coal with natural gas, wind and solar). Note: Based on 750 kWh of monthly usage. Learn about electricity rates across Canada. The current regulated electricity rates charged to Ontario hydro customers for the period May 1, 2019 to Oct 30, 2019 are shown below. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese. “The numbers are just astounding,” said OEA chief executive Vince Brescia. For electricity rate inquiries regarding any other Canadian provinces please contact Customer Service. Ontario’s 2014 installed energy capacity vs. actual annual supply, by source. Each utility was weighted equally. Despite the colloquial use of the term "hydro" as a synonym for electricity in Ontario, the province actually uses a mix of sources – not just hydroelectric dams – to get its power. Read more: All prices before taxes and in Canadian dollars. Δ = “change in”, MPU = “Multiple Provincial Utilities”, N/A = “not applicable” or, in the case of Manitoba, “not available”. This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged. Other generation is done by private companies, including most of the province's gas plants and wind farms. In the short term, however, the privatization has become a political problem for the Liberals. All territorial rates also include rural and thermal rate classes to reflect the high proportion of communities living under these conditions. Under the government’s COVID-19 pricing plan, hydro rates were fixed at 10.1 cents per kilowatt-hour of electricity for time-of-use customers, regardless of the time of day. The Globe and Mail, Source: Natural Resources Canada and Hydro-Québec. 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Compare your electricity bill and charges in all Canadian provinces. Utilities are typically owned by municipal governments, but sometimes have private shareholders as well. During this time there was a 10 per cent decline in average household electricity consumption. For using the same amount of electricity, a resident of Fort Frances would pay $84.23 before taxes compared to $112.05 for a Lakeland Power Distribution customer in Parry Sound. We’re protecting you. We’re not the most expensive jurisdiction in North America. Readers can also interact with The Globe on Facebook and Twitter . He also says the government’s decision to cancel 758 renewable energy contracts did nothing to reduce current costs because none of the projects were operational at the time they were cancelled. While campaigning to become Ontario premier, Doug Ford told hydro customers he’d slash electricity rates by 12 per cent. Each utility was weighted equally. The retail energy rate was calculated using a simple average of all monthly regulated rates (un-capped) in the previous 9 months for Direct Energy, ENMAX Energy, and EPCOR Energy. Still, Tabuns is worried about the growing cost of subsidizing hydro bills through taxpayer dollars. This includes the chance that many electricity suppliers won’t accept an offer from the government because the risk of losing money is too great and because their current money lenders might not agree to change the terms of their existing contracts. That's also the day the provincial government's COVID-19 rate relief plan, which has been in place since late March, comes to an end. Cost components of Ontario’s electricity system, 2014, (goes towards paying down the leftover debt from Ontario Hydro), (miscellaneous expenses, such as keeping the IESO, (miscellaneous expenses, such as keeping the IESO operating), Ontario's electricity system is a tangle of public, private and semi-private companies. There are a few reasons (besides inflation) electricity prices won't likely be coming down any time soon. The Liberals have also credited investments in green energy with creating up to 20,000 jobs in Ontario and ridding the province of coal-fired electricity, which experts have said helped improve air quality by reducing pollution equivalent to about seven million cars per year. One of the most famous deals was a sole-source contract with a Samsung-led consortium, which included locating factories building green-energy equipment in the province. The province's COVID-19 hydro discount will also end on Oct. 31 Capacity scale applies only to main map. Also check out this page that shows electricity rates by province and Ontario's historical RPP Rates… When prices go up on Nov. 1, customers will be paying: Ontarians can, however, now choose to opt-out of time-of-use billing in favour of a fixed rate based on how much electricity they use. But the subsidy is controversial. 21 Simcoe Street South To calculate rates in the Northwest Territories, we used a weighted average of price data published by the Northwest Territories Power Corporation and Northland Utilities. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 30, 2020. Learn how you can take part. What's more, the Liberals had been elected in part on a promise to close down the province's coal-fired power plants. The average cost of electricity in Nunavut is $0.375 per kWh, or $375 per month, assuming an average monthly usage of 1,000 kWh. The entire system is overseen by the Independent Electricity System Operator, a government agency that roughly acts as the co-ordinating body to make sure enough power is getting produced and shipped around to meet demand. Rates vary slightly by utility and in our calculations, we took the average of all three. This option could save some customers money, depending on their consumption habits. Ontarians can switch hydro bills from time-of-use to tiered pricing — but should they? Ontario's electricity prices are far higher than those in the rest of the country. The first major wave of private power plants was fuelled with natural gas. Since 2006, the top rate for power has risen four times as fast as inflation. 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And while it’s true that much of the electricity savings announced by Ford to date refer to future costs, these policy choices do have the potential to save hydro customers money. What about the privatization of Hydro One? Auditor-General Bonnie Lysyk estimates that the "global adjustment charge" – the government's term for the costs in the system above the market rate for electricity – accounts for some 70 per cent of the average electricity bill. What can be done? “They’re all talking about future, potential savings,” Tabuns said. By Canadian standards, Ontario's electricity is ridiculously expensive. The residential rate charts are based on a typical customer’s consumption of 750 kWh per month. In others, this task is done by a local utility, such as Toronto Hydro, Horizon Utilities or Hydro Ottawa. While the cancellation of the plants has driven up rates, it's a relatively small part of the overall increase; the Hydro One privatization, meanwhile, has not yet had an effect. “If we had the chance to get rid of all the wind mills we would.”. The average cost of electricity in Québec is $0.073 per kWh, or $73 per month, assuming an average monthly usage of 1,000 kWh. How much do Ontarians pay for electricity? Ontarians living in cities such as Toronto pay less for electricity than residents of Charlottetown, Regina and Halifax, but more than people living in Calgary, Vancouver and Montreal. https://energyrates.ca/the-main-electricity-sources-in-canada-by-province Electricity Prices in Canada 2020. energyhub.org. It was this approach that led Progressive Conservatives to cancel 758 renewable energy projects in July 2018, at a reported cost of roughly $231 million to taxpayers. “Once a project is operational, in the earlier years of a facility’s life, there is often little (if any) costs to be saved by unilaterally terminating the contract,” the IESO report says. Of course, some variation is expected given the time (February 2020 v April 2019) and coverage (provincial average v single city) differences between our studies. Read more: How does Ontario compare with other jurisdictions? In 1999, the Progressive Conservative government of Mike Harris broke Ontario Hydro into Ontario Power Generation, Hydro One and various other agencies as part of a plan to privatize most of the system. Peaking power is only switched on when needed. Thank you for your patience. Both utilities bill on a 60-day period, so fixed customer charges and tier thresholds were divided by 2 to arrive at monthly numbers. At the same time, demand for electricity in the province fell, partly because of the recession and the long-term upheaval in the manufacturing sector and partly because of government efforts to encourage Ontarians to conserve power. The governing Liberals have trailed the opposition PCs in the polls for two years, and Ms. Wynne's approval rating has sunk to record lows (as far down as 13 per cent, according to one Forum poll).