The service and price for household utilities in Canada varies from province to province as providers for most services are different in each part of the country.
In general, utilities in Canada are not overly expensive. If you’re renting a property, the costs may be included in your monthly rent. Check before signing your lease, and ask your landlord if they know of any special deals in the area.
Here’s a list of service providers for basic utilities in Canada.
A 2017 study by the Fraser Institute found that electricity consumers in Ontario pay the highest rates in Canada. Here are the rates for a typical household, consuming 1,000 kWh per month, as of 2016.
- Montreal: $83.08
- Winnipeg: $97.50
- Calgary: $109.19
- Vancouver: $114.38
- Halifax: $166.80
- Ottawa: $182.51
- Toronto: $201.23
The differences are caused by a variety of factors, including the type of energy sources used in the area, population density, and the distance from generation source to household.
Canada’s rates are among the lowest in the world however, and household electricity is cheaper in Canada than the USA and many European countries.
- British Columbia: BC Hydro
- Ontario: several options, including Hydro One and Toronto Hydro
- Alberta: Energy Alberta
- Saskatchwean: SaskPower
- Manitoba: Manitoba Hydro
- Quebec: Hydro Quebec
- Prince Edward Island: Maritime Electric
- New Brunswick: NB Power
- Nova Scotia: Nova Scotia Power
- Newfoundland: Newfoundland & Labrador Hydro
Rogers, Bell, Telus, and Shaw are among the providers of landline home phone service. Availability will depend on your location.
For prepaid and postpaid cell service, visit our cell phone plan in Canada guide for a list of options and for guidance to help you choose your plan.
Internet Service Providers
The main internet service providers in Canada offer promotions to new customers, so be sure to see what savings you can receive.
There are a number of other considerations you’ll need to keep in mind also, including what technical support is available, usage caps and download / upload speeds, and any rental costs for equipment.
Visit our Internet Service Providers in Canada guide for more detail.
Cable TV services are offered by Bell, Rogers, Shaw, Telus, Novus, and others. Availability depends on your location in Canada. Since 2016, service providers must offer a package that costs no more than $25 per month, not including the rental or purchase of equipment. However, if you want to watch sports and movies, then you can expect to pay close to $100 a month, or more.
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 a commonly used option 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 programs, a few live hockey games, and will usually be in HD.
Combined with an online streaming service, like Netflix, this can be a cost-effective way to enjoy a range of quality programming at a low-cost.