According to the Fraser Institute, between 2010 and 2016, monthly electricity bills (including tax) in major Canadian cities increased by an average of $37.68. During the same period, electricity bills in Toronto and Ottawa increased by $77.09 and $66.96, respectively. This means that residents in Toronto experienced electricity price increases of double the national average between 2010 and 2016.
Under the Fair Hydro Act, the Ontario government plans to reduce residential hydro bills by 25 per cent, with an eight per cent rebate that came into effect on January 1, 2017. However, the Fraser Institute said the plan will ultimately result in higher electricity bills in the future.