Kitchener Utilities


Ontario Cap-and-Trade Program

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. Because natural gas is a fossil fuel, it is subject to this new charge. Kitchener Utilities (KU) must purchase emission allowances on behalf of its customers and will recover these costs through a cap-and-trade charge of 3.8719 cents per cubic metre. This charge is included as part of the delivery rate on your bill.

The video below shows how the Ontario cap-and-trade program will affect Kitchener Utilities natural gas customers.

The video below produced by the Ontario government explains the cap-and-trade system.


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