A recent survey commissioned by Ontario’s auditor general suggests nearly all natural gas customers in the province want to see the costs of cap-and-trade clearly displayed on their bills.
The Liberal government’s cap-and-trade plan that starts in 2017 is expected to add around $5 a month to home heating costs.
With the incoming tax, the Ontario Energy Board decided those costs won’t be broken down on natural gas bills, instead they’ll be included as part of the “delivery” charge.
The results of the auditor general’s survey says 89 per cent of respondents wanted those costs in a separate line on their bills.
Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault says the Ontario Energy Board is independent, and the government respects its authority. The board got feedback from 80 stakeholder groups on whether to include a separate line item, and 75 of them were in favour of it, including the gas companies themselves.
Quebec and British Columbia include the cost of carbon pricing as a separate line item on their customer’s bills.