Federal Carbon Charge

Learn more about the federal carbon charge

Lady reviewing bill on ipad

Learn more about the federal carbon charge

Learn more about the federal carbon charge

Lady reviewing bill on ipad

Learn more about the federal carbon charge

Natural gas is dependable and affordable energy that enhances people's quality of life and helps local business and industry prosper and grow. It continues to be the lowest-cost energy source and remains the most economical choice for home and water heating in Ontario.

What is the federal carbon charge?

As part of the federal government's carbon pollution pricing program, a carbon charge applies to fossil fuels sold in Ontario, including natural gas. The federal carbon charge for natural gas is 3.91 cents per cubic metre (m3), increasing annually each April.

There is also a facility carbon charge, which for residential customers ranges from $0 to $0.03 per month, included in the delivery or transportation charge on your bill. This charge is associated with the costs to operate Enbridge Gas's facilities.

All of the money that we collect for the federal carbon charge goes to the federal government.

What does this mean for you?

The federal carbon charge is included on customers' bills effective Aug. 1, 2019 and will show as a separate line item. It is forecasted that for the average Ontario household, the federal carbon charge will add about $86 to your annual natural gas bill. The total cost will depend on how much natural gas you use, but can be determined by multiplying the federal carbon charge rate by the number of cubic metres of gas you used (which can be found on your natural gas bill).

The federal carbon charge went into effect in Ontario on April 1, 2019 and Enbridge Gas has been incurring these costs on customers' behalf since that time. On July 4, 2019 we received approval from the Ontario Energy Board to include the federal carbon charge on our bill. We have tracked these incurred costs in approved deferral and variance accounts and will seek to recover them from customers at a later date, subject to OEB approval.

The federal government has indicated Ontario residents are eligible to receive a tax-free climate action incentive payment of up to $307 for an average Ontario family of four. The incentive can be claimed when you file your income tax return.

Large business customers who may be required or eligible to register with the federal government in order to receive full or partial exemption from the federal carbon charge can find more information on our large business customer federal carbon pricing program page.

Enbridge Gas has programs available to help you manage your energy costs

Homes and businesses can manage their natural gas use and reduce their energy bills by taking advantage of our energy-efficiency programs and tips.

For your home: uniongas.com/savemoney

For your business: uniongas.com/savemoneyandenergy

Learn more about the federal carbon pollution pricing program from the Government of Canada.