Cap and trade Q&As

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Top 3 questions about cap and trade

People reviewing their natural gas bill.

1. What is cap and trade?
The provincial government's cap-and-trade program, which started on Jan. 1, 2017, sets a target to reduce the amount of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Ontario. Union Gas is required to buy emission allowances for the natural gas you use, and those costs are recovered on your bill. The government plans to use the funds raised by this program to support Ontario's Climate Change Action Plan. Visit our cap-and-trade section to learn more.

2. How much will cap and trade increase my bill?
The current cost of GHG emission allowances – about 3.3 cents per cubic metre (m3) of natural gas used - is included in the Delivery line on your bill. The price of emission allowances can change over time, but the Ontario Energy Board must approve all costs before they're charged to you. By using the calculator found on our cap-and-trade section, you can estimate what cap and trade is costing you.

3. What can I do to reduce the cost?
The amount you'll pay for cap and trade depends on the amount of gas you use. Union Gas has efficiency programs and simple tips to help you reduce your gas use and lower your overall energy costs along with the costs of cap and trade. Go to our save money & energy section to check them out.

MyAccount helps at tax time

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MyAccount, your Union Gas online account manager, is designed to make life easier - especially at tax time. Simply log in to MyAccount for a summary of your annual natural gas bills and payments.

  • Get an annual summary of your gas use and bill history, with cap-and-trade costs shown separately
  • Print or download up to 24 months of account history
  • No need to save and file (or lose) your bills when they're at your fingertips 24/7
  • Mobile and desktop versions let you access your Union Gas account any time, anywhere
  • MyAccount is secure, protected, organized and, best of all, FREE

To get your billing history:

  1. Log in to MyAccount
  2. Click on the Bills & Payments tab

If you've never used MyAccount:

  1. Go to MyAccount Register
  2. Complete the registration page – you’ll need your 14-digit Union Gas account number

Choose to get your gas bill as a PDF attached to your monthly email notification for even more convenience - no login or password required. Find out more about MyAccount.