Utility rates


Ontario cap-and-trade charge

The Ontario cap-and-trade program is a provincially legislated emission trading system launched by the Ontario government to reduce the impacts of climate change. It places a price on the emissions from the burning of fossil fuels. Natural gas is a fossil fuel and is subject to this new charge.

In compliance with the legislation, Kitchener Utilities is required to purchase natural gas emission allowances for its customers; the cost of this new cap and trade charge will be reflected within the delivery rate on your Kitchener Utilities bill. The Ontario cap-and-trade charge is 3.8719 cents per cubic metre.

New rates effective Nov. 1, 2017:

  • Combined supply and transportation rate 13.5 cents per cubic metre;
  • For M1 customers, variable delivery rate 6.8371 cents per cubic metre;
  • For M2 customers, variable delivery rate 6.4373 cents per cubic metre.

For the average residential customer, the combined impact of the rate changes are expected to produce an annual decrease of two per cent or about $18 on the overall bill for the average residential system gas customer.*

*The average residential customer uses 2,100 cubic metres of natural gas annually.

2018 water, sanitary sewer and stormwater rates

As part of a multi-year approach to funding maintenance and long-term infrastructure replacement, increases are being proposed for each of these utilities. Making sure that Kitchener Utilities delivers safe, clean and reliable water to you every time you turn on the tap is our commitment to you. Having a multi-year approach to funding our aging infrastructure is critical to delivering on this commitment today, and for generations to come.

The video below explains how our water system works and the new utility rates for 2018.

New rates effective March 1, 2018:

  • Water rate increase to $2.3291 per cubic metre, an increase of 4 per cent;
  • Sewer rate increase to $2.8276 per cubic metre, an increase of 6.9 per cent;
  • Stormwater rate increase to $13.73 for the average household, an increase of 9.9 per cent.

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