Utility Costs

Thunder Bay is very well serviced, providing competitive utility costs to a wide variety of  industries. Specialized Manufacturing, data centres, warehousing and other energy-intensive industries will find the lower cost of utilities a great advantage when choosing a location for their business. When less money is spent on utilities, more financial resources are freed up to spend in other areas, or to contribute to higher company profits.

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Picture of Internet routerThunder Bay is served by most national communications companies as well as TBaytel which is owned by the City of Thunder Bay. TBaytel has a 110 year history in Thunder Bay and has grown to be the largest independently owned communications company in Canada. They provide the fastest internet connection in Thunder Bay and the fibre trunk runs directly through the city (and is connected to the largest data centre or carrier hotel in Canada at Front Street). TBaytel provides reliable mobility, tv internet, telephone and security for business clients. Click here to request a quote for your business services.

Hydro Costs

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Distribution Charge

  • Regulated Price Plan customers  $ 0.0172 / kWh

  • NON Regulated Price Plan customers  $ 0.0171 / kWh

  • Monthly Fixed Charge   $ 27.95 / month

Regulatory Charges

  • Market Service Charge $ 0.0039 / kWh

  • Supply administration charge  $ 0.25/month

Small Business Rates Valid November 1, 2018 to April 30, 2019

  • General Service with Demand less than 50kw

  • Cost: OFF peak $ 0.065 / kWh

  • MID peak $ 0.094 / kWh

  • ON peak $ 0.132 / kWh

  • Delivery: Network & Connection   $ 0.0106 / kWh

Visit the Thunder Bay Hydro website for more detailed information and options.

Water and Property Tax Billing

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Full Service Property Tax Rates (effective  2018 )

  • Commercial   4.19%

  • Industrial   4.64%

  • Large Industrial  5.23%

Full property tax rate details here.

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Water rates (effective April 1, 2018)

  • Volumetric Charge = $1.652 /m³

  • Fixed cost = $0.755 per day ($276 annum)

Water Rates
Meter Size Cost Per Day Cost Per Annum
15mm, 18mm $1.235 $451
20mm $2.574 $940
25mm $3.259 $1,190
40mm $6.177 $2,255
50mm $8.313 $3,034
75mm $14.493 $5,290
100mm $22.611 $8,253
150mm $45.170 $16,487
200mm $64.214 $23,438
250mm $92.287 $33,685

Sewer Rate = 90% of the volumetric charge and fixed cost. Applies to all owners/occupants of separately assessed parcels of land connected to the sewage system. Visit the City of Thunder Bay's Revenue Division online for more information:  www.thunderbay.ca/revenue.

Union Gas

The table below shows the new, approved rates used to calculate your natural gas bill as of October 1, 2018. Annual bill impacts exclude the temporary charges and credits shown on the price adjustment lines on your bill. The annual impacts are based on a typical Rate 10 customer in Northwestern Ontario using 93,000 m³ of natural gas a year.

Gas Rates
Charges Rates at October 1, 2018 Annual increase or decrease
Gas Used 10.5613 ¢/m³ $886.13
Gas Price Adjustment -2.1668 ¢/m³ -$1,100.31
Transportation to Union Gas 5.8487 ¢/m³ $12.20
Transportation Price Adjustment 0.1855 ¢/m³ $131.60
Storage 1.6596 ¢/m³ $4.10
Storage Price Adjustment 0.0316 ¢/m³ $0.00
First 1,000 m³ 
Next 9,000 m³ 
Next 20,000 m³ 
Next 70,000 m³
All over 100,000 m³
7.9011 ¢/m³
6.4155 ¢/m³
5.7447 ¢/m³
5.1855 ¢/m³
3.0670 ¢/m
Cap and Trade (Included in Delivery on the bill) 0.0000  ¢/m³ -$3,108.16
Delivery Price Adjustment 0.0000 ¢/m³ $0.00
Cap and Trade Price Adjustments (Included in Delivery on the bill) -0.6818 ¢/m³ $0.00
Monthly Charge $70.00 $0.00
Total Annual Impact   -$3,153.85

Please visit www.uniongas.com  or call 1 888 774-3111 for more information.

For additional information please contact the Development Officer at (807) 625-3960 or visit our Contact Us page.


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