Household utilities in Canada generally come under provincial jurisdiction, so service and price depends on which province you are moving to.
In general, utilities are not overly expensive and, in many cases, will be included in the monthly rent of your apartment, house, or condominium. Always check this before signing a lease.
We’ve compiled a list of all the basic utilities that you will need to arrange for.
Here are the provincial suppliers for utilities in Canada:
- British Columbia — BC Hydro
- Ontario — several options, including Hydro One and Toronto Hydro
- Alberta — Energy Alberta
- Saskatchewan — SaskPower
- Manitoba — Manitoba Hydro
- Quebec — Hydro Quebec
- PEI — Maritime Electric
- New Brunswick — NB Power
- Nova Scotia — Nova Scotia Power
- Newfoundland — Newfoundland & Labrador Hydro
Landlines are available throughout Canada with Bell, Rogers and Telus.
For mobile phone (or cell phone) options, our full guide has details of your options, and the crucial questions you need to ask.
Bell, Rogers, Telus, Shaw and Novus offer various internet packages. Many apartment buildings have special deals with each provider, so ask around.
Many people have reverted to watching their favourite shows online, so as to avoid the advertisements and costs associated with cable TV. If you’re still keen to use cable, then try Shaw, Telus or Novus.
Another option is to buy an aerial (or ‘antenna’), and receive free ‘over-the-air (OTA)’ channels, similar to how you receive Freeview in the UK, or Saorview in Ireland. This isn’t as commonly used in Canada however, so you’ll likely only pick up five or six channels (or none at all, if nearby environmental factors prevent you getting a signal). These will have some of the most popular news and entertainment programmes, a few live hockey games, and will usually be in HD.
You may be interested in our Streaming Live TV page which will help you to keep up with TV shows and sports from home.