Hydro Facts - Ontario Most Expensive in Canada

The rates and graph have now been updated for all jurisdictions to reflect the prices as of May 1st 2016.

Have you had enough of escalating electricity rates, outrageous delivery, regulatory and debt charges, billing mistakes, and excuses from Hydro One and the Wynne Government?

Rising costs and all these extra charges have made Ontario the most expensive jurisdiction for electricity in Canada. I have put together this fact comparison with the other provinces- clearly this government's energy policies are bankrupting us.

*Alberta was left out of the comparisons due to multiple utilities operating throughout the province on different systems*

Take a look at this chart demonstrating the all-in-cost for rural resident's monthly billing across Canada.


Here's the detailed breakdown of the rates from the chart above:

Basic monthly Charge, $7.57
Energy Charge: 7.672¢/kWhx1000, $76.72
$7.57 + $73.81
Total $81.38 for 1000 KwH

British Columbia
Basic monthly charge, 0.1835 per day ($5.50 monthly)
Energy Charge: 0.0829¢/kWhx675=$55.96, 0.1243¢/kWhx325=$40.40
Rate Rider 5% Rate Rider applied to all charges before taxes and levies
5.50+96.35= 101.85 + $4.82 (rate rider)
Total $106.67 for 1000 KwH


Basic Monthly Charge $29.19               
Energy Charge: 12.624¢/KwHx1000, $126.24  
$29.19 + $126.24  
Total $155.43 for 1000 KwH

Hydro one
Energy Charge: 18¢/kWhx200 peak $36, 13.2¢/kWhx200 mid $26.4, 8.7¢/kWhx600 low $52.20 
Line loss charge +$11.19
Basic Monthly Charge + $24.07
Regulatory charge + $6.71
Delivery charge ($30.88 service charge +distribution volume charge $29.80+ transmission connection charge $4.80 +transmission network charge $6.80+ Smart Meter Charge $10.38=$82.66
Total  $239.23 for 1000 KwH

Basic Monthly Charge, $12.19 
Energy Charge: 5.71¢/KwHx900=$51.39, 8.68¢/kWhx300=$26.04
Total  $89.62 for 1000 KwH

New Brunswick

Basic Monthly Charge, $22.79
Energy Charge: 10.41¢/KwHx1000, 104.20
104.20 + 22.79
Total $126.99 for 1000 KwH

Nova Scotia

TOU billing
Basic Monthly Charge, $18.82
Energy Charge: break down 20 peak/20 mid/60 low
Peak=19.158¢/kWh Medium=14.800¢/kWh low=7.873¢/kWh
peak =38.31 medium=29.60 low=47.24
Total  $133.97 for 1000 KwH

Basic charge, $15.70
Energy Charge: 10.573¢/KwHx1000, $105.73
Total $121.43 for 1000 KwH

Basic Monthly Charge, $26.92
Energy Rate Charge=13.56¢/KwHx1000, $135.60
Total $162.52 for 1000 KwH

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commented 2015-11-30 18:04:56 -0500 · Flag
Maybe young, good looking and anatomically enhanced, obvious you don’t need brains to hold office
commented 2015-11-29 22:41:17 -0500 · Flag
Don: Your absolutely right, its sad state of affairs eh!
My vote didn’t put her there that’s for sure!
commented 2015-11-18 09:35:52 -0500 · Flag
Nafta was to prevent dumping and selling heavily subsidized commodities to the partners, so what is it when we sell/ dump hydro that is heavily subsidizing wind and solar.
commented 2015-11-18 07:56:23 -0500 · Flag
Stop it now
commented 2015-11-17 21:58:33 -0500 · Flag
WYNNE. RESIGN !!!!!!!!
commented 2015-11-17 08:40:03 -0500 · Flag
Jeff has a good valid question to Randy, what needs to be done to “fix it”. What can we do to help?
I’ll bet there is a professor out there somewhere who knows how to clean up the mess
commented 2015-11-17 08:30:01 -0500 · Flag
What can we do to change it Amy? I wish I had the solution
At that level of corruption it takes money, lots of money and I’m not in that snack bracket
commented 2015-11-16 23:34:21 -0500 · Flag
When the deceit and deception is intentional, it is criminal. Bring back lynching for treason.
Selling our Hydro, I expect my cheque!
commented 2015-11-16 23:11:41 -0500 · Flag
How do we impeach her? She’s obviously incapable or incompetent to lead, as a public servant she should be fired. I personally would like to see her tarred and feathered and run out of the province. Charelli should be leading the protest, instead of being Wynnes spineless bitch, anything for a pension eh Bob! SHAMEFUL!

commented 2015-11-15 21:08:13 -0500 · Flag
We had our hydro disconnected after crazy bills of over 2500 a month , we have received bills since from hydro one and we don’t even have hydro running in to the house . They are straight up crooks
commented 2015-10-29 14:19:24 -0400 · Flag
hydro one is a major threat for ontario poverty, with that bunch of incompetence liberals
commented 2015-05-22 08:58:51 -0400 · Flag
They call themselves parties for a reason, and its with our hard earned money.
commented 2015-03-27 15:55:00 -0400 · Flag
While I commend you for your stance on Hydro, the question that needs to be asked is – how do you plan on fixing it? It’s easy to say “well, the system is broken” (which I think everyone in Ontario will agree, it’s broken) but nobody has put a plan in place on how to fix it. So, the floor is yours Mr. Hillier – how would you fix the Hydro system in this province?
commented 2015-03-25 09:40:59 -0400 · Flag
Once again showing that Quebec is the best place to live in Canada..Income tax might be lower in Ontario for a middle class family, but how much do you have to save on that to pay the ridicoulous Hydro costs and combine that with the out of control car insurance rates (I pay $150 a year whilst my Ontario colleague pays over $2,000 for the same kind of coverage and type of car!..for a family of three cars that almost $6,000 more a year!…Most expensive electricity in NA and the most expensive auto insurance…I think I’ll stay in Quebec, (where it’s also one of the places with the cheapest real estate within a half hours drive of a major city, in the world!) Vive le Quebec!
commented 2015-03-24 09:08:32 -0400 · Flag
Currently in South Stormont, Rural SDG, Chesterville, Finch, Morewood, Winchester, there is a petition of 36, 000 individuals regarding the absolute greed which is hitting everyone in these
Locations, myself being one of them, the smart meters are faulty, I have had this digital masterpiece replaced several times and it has been at fault, my hydro has tripled in the last year.
I am on a fixed income with no possible way to catch up on a three month accumulated bill of $ 1979.65, think l am going to purchase or lease a diesel-powered generator, which will run the whole
Household of $10 a day versus my last bill of $ 692.00, they can charge someone else the delivery charges, the generator would pay for itself in 5 years, and l would be off the grid.
commented 2015-03-20 17:08:54 -0400 · Flag
I get charged 196 or more a month for delivery to a rural single family home. I am a single parent and my usage is less then 200. It’s disgusting to think I have had to work overtime when i can just to keep my lights on..This is insane and Hydro One claims owe it’s a delivery charge and maintaence fee> I have never seen any damn delivery truck..criminals should be banned
commented 2015-03-20 11:03:18 -0400 · Flag
This is a very sad article, posted by yet another resident of Ontario with very poor grammar. If you are going to pretend that you are devoted to some cause, at least have someone proof read your post. Like many in our province, you have managed to waste a great deal of your time pointing out the obvious. Where is your solution? A mere child can point out the obvious, often better than most adults. It’s the solution, or at least an attempt at a solution that gets people’s interest. Offer a real phone number which Ontario residents can call to speak their mind. If hundreds of thousands of Ontario residents call, someone might listen.
Complaining amongst yourselves will solve nothing, waste everyone’s time, make you look uneducated and in the end, help your government feel even more confident that they can do what ever they please and never be held accountable.
Offer a bold solution! People will hopefully jump at the opportunity to be part of your “Solution”!
commented 2015-03-19 22:59:43 -0400 · Flag
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