Although natural gas bills are different in every province, they are comprised of similar charges. Less than half of an average bill goes towards paying for natural gas. Variable and fixed charges make up the majority of Canadian residential gas bills. Four provinces have an explicit carbon price charge, (in B.C., Alberta, OntarioFootnote 4, and Quebec).

Figure 4: Average monthly bill by province for 7.37 GJ in January 2018

Source: NEB


This column chart displays the average bill in January 2018 for 7.37 GJ of consumption. The averages for each province are the following:

BC: $71.99; AB: $72; SK: $68; MB: $90; ON: $81; QC: $73; NB: $156; NS $155.

The Maritimes and Quebec have the highest average bills, where few homes in these provinces use natural gas heating. There is no residential natural gas use in Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, Yukon, Nunavut, and most of the North West Territories. Households in Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador have historically used a mix of heating oil, electricity, and wood for their primary heating system. Communities in Yukon, North West Territories, and Nunavut have historically relied on heating oil as the main source of heating. The exception is the town of Inuvik in the Northwest Territories, which uses some residential gas heating. Until 2014, the town of Norman Wells in the Northwest Territories also used natural gas for home heating. This gas was sourced from production by Imperial Oil near the town of Norman Wells.

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