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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  • Christian Glauninger
    followed this page 2018-07-23 12:38:37 -0400
  • Patrick Dunbar
    commented 2018-03-06 20:09:42 -0500
    After the cancellation of the gas plants in Toronto to save a couple Liberal seats, Bob Chiarelli stated that the BILLION DOLLARS was only a small percentage of the hydro budget. Really! It is only a billion dollars! What about the $100 MILLION “Powerline to Nowhere” which in 2015 was stopped in Caledonia because of lack of permission to continue further, it is costing millions of dollars in interest on the money spent on this project.
  • Tarja Makinen-Potts
    commented 2017-02-28 17:32:21 -0500
    My hydro bills for the winter are very close to $1000.00 per month, granted I do have forced air electric heat. My condo in Florida runs hydro 24/7 fridge, air conditioner 1/4 the size of my house and my bill per month is $32.00 US. What the hell is going on here? Something has to be done. Shut Hydro one down , invite some American competition and kick the Wynn government out to Tin-buck-two!!!
  • Chris Boosalis
    commented 2016-11-24 13:20:23 -0500

    Excellent points you have made, I see your side really well. What this shows me is that again, Hydro does what it wants all the time.

    I dont see any Leader calling them on it. All is see is people blaming the politicians who have no control what so ever with Hydro process. I hear blame from NDP (cause all she does is whine), I hear NOTHING from PC cause they have to still figure out who is running the ship and I hear….blah, blah, blah from Wynne and how the past has hurt us…

    If I was leader, I would put a stop on wages. I would privatize the areas that are least producing and I would contract out all clerical work. Fire them all and start new….shake things up.

    From the top down, CEO Formosa (spelling).. who was fired for being one of the top money earners in Ontario and least productive, what a nightmare to begin.

    We implemented SAP under her reign of terror and trust me when I say, the Vendors were not being paid in over a year due to the mess up of SAP. 1 year later our poor vendors and suppliers were not getting paid. It got to the point that lawyers were walking in and serving papers for payment of services and product. These poor companies were laying people off, stressing how to survive etc all because our new SAP system was not paying them. Some in the millions of dollars, but the funny part was that they were receiving Hydro Bills every month just fine.

    and the Hydro staff were taking leave of absence up to a 6 – 9 months cause of the stress that what brought on…please these clerks push paper and they wanted stress leave.

    My point of this is, no one from the GVT stepped in to do anything about it. No one…I was there and it sucked going to work and yet the GVT did nothing.

    If I were to hear from a Political Party a real agenda on how to stop this Cash Cow..they would have my vote. Not a Trump idea where its not even thought of yet..but a real concrete agenda..thats what we need…I am hoping you have something like that..you do seem to know the Grid System well.

  • Chris Boosalis
    commented 2016-11-23 15:30:04 -0500
    I dont understand it at all. There hasnt been one political party that has been able to do anything with Hydro One because it is a cash cow.. Not one politician has given any proof that they know what to do..not one…This Hydro One has too much weight and pushes around anyone that gets in their way. I worked at Hydro and I can tell you that the Union and Managers..all the way up to CEO dont even flitch when the GVT talks.
    I started as entry level paper pusher and made over 56K a year, union…I was shocked at this pay but I needed a job.
    Do we really think its because we make too much electricity? I think its because the pays and the wages are so out of whack…
    Im sure that payroll at Hydro One is probably their biggest cost..yet no one can do anything about it..cause if they do…shut down the system.

    So for those of you that like to pat Harris or yell at McGuinty or Wynne…none of them had the balls to tackle the Hydro problem cause its beyond them..its bigger than them or any party.
  • Kathy Devlin
    commented 2016-10-05 19:23:01 -0400
    Why can’t Ontario Hydro engineers investigate what other provinces are doing to provide electricity cheaper than Ontario .
  • Lori MacEwen
    commented 2016-09-14 19:20:35 -0400
    I think one of the major problems for those of us who live anywhere outside of a major urban centre is not the cost of the actual electricity, but rather the cost of distribution. If I lived 10 km south of where I am now, my monthly bill for the same amount of electricity would be $64.79 rather than the $106.82 I am paying. I tried to find another province in Canada that had such a massive difference between urban and rural customers, and could not, although I may be mistaken there – as I said, I couldn’t find comprehensive data comparisons. The closest I could find was low density rural rates in Alberta, and their total percentage of distribution & other costs was 55% of their total bill (which was lower than ON rates) vs. 34-40 percent for other areas – I am currently paying 71% for distribution and other charges and that is set to increase, on top of higher electricity prices.
    The distribution rates are being changed, as was noted in an earlier post, to fixed monthly rates. Of course, high volume users will benefit from that change, paying less than they now pay, and low volume users (i.e. those who foolishly have tried to conserve electricity) will pay higher rates than we currently pay. I am not sure how that will aid the effort to lower energy consumption, We all remember what lower usage last winter did for our rates!!

    Another concern is the rate of increase that Ontarians are facing. Several different sources online (including CBC, CHCH etc.) suggest that the increase in rates are greater in ON than anywhere else in North America – Toronto Sun (albeit perhaps not the gold standard in reporting) used a figure of 72% increase in kWh rate since 2006. I can’t comment on the accuracy of that figure, but I can comment on my own bills – in October of 2012, I was paying 22.7 cents per kWh; July 2014 was 24.7 cents per kWh; Sept 2015 it was 32 cents per kWh and recent bills is 39.7 cents per kWh (and bills before that topped 40 cents). That seems like a very large increase in 4 years, with no end in sight. Those on a fixed income are essentially stuck, as there is little we can do to minimize the effect of these increases – using less power or changing when you use it will not help your bottom line in any appreciable way.
  • Lori MacEwen
    commented 2016-08-25 15:14:13 -0400
    Once again, I am in total agreement with Rob Price. We are on a Time of Use meter, and use VERY little electricity overall. Our on-peak usage is 17 percent of the total electricity used. Off-peak is 63 percent. My last bill was $104.27 for 258.12 kWh… I am actually paying 40.4 cents per kWh used. I am a rural resident. Even when the tax is not considered, the price is still 35.7 cents per kWh used. So much for Hydro One’s commitment to conservation – have the highest rates for the lowest use.
  • Lori MacEwen
    commented 2016-08-13 17:13:45 -0400
    I am in total agreement with Rob Price here…any site I have accessed online is showing that Hydro One rates are higher than other provinces, and also that the rate of increase for Ontario is the highest in North America. Personally, we use very little hydro compared to many homes, and our monthly bill is never less than $105 for 258 kw usage. The delivery fees alone are over 60 percent of my bill. You would think there should be some “bonus” for using less electricity if conservation was actually important to Hydro One. Definitely NOT the case in my experience.
  • Elizabeth Kravchenko Mayer
    commented 2016-07-06 21:21:39 -0400
    This Hydro One survey is a JOKE! I sent the following:
    What other Province has someone like Wynne who is mismanaging our primary staple for every day life? How Greedy! You should be ashamed that the 1.3m or 42% of ON population are unable to afford their hydro and are on the verge of loosing their homes, because YOU, Wynne, and those that work with you. Commercial and Industrial companies are leaving Canada and ON because of the extortion of hydro rates. They go to Mexico, China, India, etc. Hydro One doesn’t generate electricity? Does not set prices? Then who does? Obviously Hydro One is not transparent in billing and telling ON what’s really going on. Remove the on-peak, mid-peak, charges. Only have off-peak @ 8.7 cents. Remove delivery charges. Remove regulatory charges. Debt retirement charge exemption saved $9.60. What a joke! We have enough resources i.e. solar farms, wind, water, etc. to provide our Province with our own hydro. Why are we paying the U.S. to take our extra hydro? Our sister-province QC rates are what we should be paying. We are a hop-skip-jump from QC, yet we do not cooperate with our own Canadian Province to provide hardworking Ontario’ans a hydro bill that they can afford to pay?
    It’s a sad state of affairs when a working family has to decide what to pay for first: Hydro OR nutritious food, gasoline for a vehicle to go to work, school trips/supplies, fix a home, purchase medications, pay mortgage, pay land taxes, etc.
    1st: lower electricity rate. Remove 3 tier billing. (if I start my washing machine at 6:30 am and it finishes at 7:15 am, am I paying both rates?)
    2nd: be transparent. Where is hydro generating electricity? Who sets the prices?
    3rd: remove all extra charges
    4th: families immigrating or refugees benefit the most from so-called “savings”. Their families are very large compared.
    5th: STOP spending money on useless brochures, pamphlets, and junk-mail. Especially coupon savings. Give coupons to retailers so consumers can make the purchase and receive the discount directly at point of purchase.
    6th: Who is paying for this survey? Is it the 1.3 million Ontario’ans X $90 a survey? (which is average cost of a survey by ipsos research, and the research company that Wynne utilizes)
    Make hydro affordable – just like the other Provinces in Canada,so we can have a quality, balanced life. We as Canadian DESERVE that.
  • Lori MacEwen
    commented 2016-06-09 16:27:05 -0400
    I am sickened by the ever-increasing cost of electricity in rural Ontario. The OESP is sadly lacking for many fixed income households, and despite lots of lip-service to the cause of energy conservation, we are being “rewarded” for lower usage of electricity by even higher costs. Seriously considering moving to another province due to the increasingly impossible cost of living in Ontario.
  • Dave Saban
    commented 2016-05-11 14:19:35 -0400
    I am already planning for a propane generator . I already have a backup on (14kw) , but it is not designed to run 24/7 . I am planning to get a 20kw liquid cooled hopefully I can find it . I could use the cooling to also heat my house in the winter . My switching point is when Hydro is $400+ per month . I figure at the current way our government runs things this should happen within a year.
    Down side the xxxxxx will then start raising the carbon tax .
    As a retire leaving the providence is also an option .

    3rd world countries are way ahead of Ontario . Even the corruption exist in the 3rd world but not as bad as this Ontario Government !!
  • Ken Allan
    commented 2015-11-17 21:58:33 -0500
    WYNNE. RESIGN !!!!!!!!
  • Melissa Baillargeon
    commented 2015-11-15 21:08:13 -0500
    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
  • denis desforges
    commented 2015-10-29 14:19:24 -0400
    hydro one is a major threat for ontario poverty, with that bunch of incompetence liberals