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Electricity Rate Comparison

The OEB is committed to increasing energy literacy and providing consumers with reliable information. The following information shows you how electricity prices in Ontario compare with other jurisdictions across Canada and the U.S.A. To draw this comparison, we are using OEB data combined with data from Hydro-Quebec’s report, “Comparison of Electricity Prices 2016” (pg. 31), published in September 2016. The figures in this chart are based on the amount of electricity that the typical residential customer in Ontario uses each month: 750 kWh. All taxes have been removed for comparability purposes.

You may use more, or less, electricity each month at your home. Use your bill and our online bill calculator to see how your bill compares. We also have a page to help you better understand your electricity bill.

Rates differ between urban and rural areas primarily because of the delivery cost for electricity. The commodity price of electricity is the same for all residential and small business customers who buy their power direct from their utility, rather than under contract with an electricity retailer.


Estimated Total Bills for Ontario Utilities  |   Estimated Total Bills in Canada/U.S.A.

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2016 Estimated Total Monthly Bill Amount ($) (before Tax) for Residential Rate Class in Selected Jurisdictions in Canada and the United States



Canada, excluding Ontario


  1. The data is in Canadian dollars. The exchange rate used by Hydro-Quebec to convert bills in US dollars into Canadian dollars is $0.7665 (CAD$1 = US$ 0.7665 or US$ 1 = CAD $ 1.3046), the rate in effect at noon on April 1, 2016.
  2. These numbers are an estimate for informational purposes only.
  3. The Ontario figures are based on current electricity commodity prices (November 1, 2016) for the Regulated Price Plan (time-of-use), as well as the OEB's rate database, while data for jurisdictions outside of Ontario is based on the Hydro-Quebec Report (April 2016). Click here for 2016 Hydro-Quebec Report.
  4. These figures do not include any potential Ontario Electricity Support Program (OESP) credits. Please click here to learn more about the OESP credit.
  5. The data in this chart is based on 750 kWh as the average monthly consumption of electricity in all selected jurisdictions.
  6. The Ontario figures in this chart assume a typical consumption pattern of 65% Off-Peak, 17% Mid-Peak and 18% On-Peak for each TOU period, which represents the average across all consumers on TOU pricing in Ontario.
  7. Any applicable taxes (e.g. HST, PST, State Tax, etc.) have been excluded in this chart.
  8. Click here to learn more about various components of your monthly electricity bill.