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Superior Energy 17.9 17.5 17.5 variable transportation rate 5.99 /m3 view offer or sign-up online
RiteRate 16.9 16.4 16.4 fixed transportation rate 6.99 /m3 view offer or sign-up online
Just Energy 23.9 23.9 23.9 variable regulated transportation rate 3.2585 /m3 view offer or sign-up online
MyRate Energy -- 20.7 20.7 variable transportation rate 5.8 /m3 view offer or sign-up online
Active Energy 16.9 -- -- fixed transportation rate - 8.9 /m3 --

By default, the suppliers are sorted by the number of customers signed on this site.

Disclaimer: Energyshop provides prices on best efforts basis and is not responsible for errors.

Notes:
Companies above are licensed by the Ontario Energy Board. MyRate is licensed as Summitt Energy.

Union sets their gas prices quarterly, using price information from about 6 weeks before the start of the quarter. If the price they have to pay for the gas used in that quarter is different from their price, they have to recover or give back the difference.

They do this through a surcharge or credit spread over the following 3 to 12 months. These surcharges/credits apply only to those purchasing their gas from Union.

in the Features column above.

Questions? Go to our FAQs or post a question on the Ontario Natural Gas Price discussion forum.

If you have a business:  deregulated natural gas for your business.

If you have been on a contract with a marketer that is coming to an end, make sure that you formally notify the marketer by responding to the renewal notice sent to you, or by sending a letter to the marketer! If you don't, you will likely be renewed automatically. More

Regulated Union Gas Southern Ontario Rates

 
Regulated Residential Rates based on 4,000 m³/ year
Rate type Gas Supply
¢
Adjust.
¢
Delivery Chg
¢
Transportation
¢
Total
¢/m³
Monthly
Fee
Estimated
Bill
South ON Res. 1st October 2014 - Rate M1 15.10 4.11 3.56 3.26 26.03 $21.00 $1,293.18
Union Gas Southern Ontario rates approved effective: October 1, 2014



*Note: The Gas Supply Charge is what will change when you contract with a gas marketer. Gas marketers now have the option to control the charge for Transportation instead of allowing the utility to charge this item. Not all marketers have taken over this charge.

The Storage fee that appears on your Union bill has been added into the Transportation column.

The Adjust. column represents adjustments to the gas supply charge made by the utility (also known as a rate rider). It is usually due to the utility charging more or less than it cost them to buy the gas. This creates a surplus or deficit that has to be either paid back to customers, or collected as a surcharge.

Unlike fixed rates from a gas marketer, when you purchase gas from the utility the rate is subject to change at any time by the utility and can change retroactively in an annual balancing calculation. In the tables above the Estimated Bill is the total that a customer would pay over a full year for the volume shown. To see how your bill will change with a fixed rate from a gas marketer, select a rate from the table at top and insert this rate into the light blue box above.

Comparing and deciding among the various offers

There are 2 decisions. The first is whether to continue with the utility's variable rate, which changes every 3 months and may have retroactive charges, or a fixed term rate with a marketer of 1-5 years. You can choose to lock in for a long period at a fixed rate, or choose totally variable rates and take your chances that rates won't go up. This decision depends on your budget and what you expect gas prices to do over the next few years. You can see the utility's current rate in the chart above.

If you decide to go with a fixed price contract, your second decision is between marketers. Use our price chart to compare prices and features, and view the terms and conditions from each supplier.

Learn more about deregulated gas markets and marketers.

Regulated rates are not fixed rates, nor can they be

In Ontario, the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) regulates utility rates. When market prices go up, utilities apply to the OEB to change rates. This is for future rates, but can they can also apply to make a retroactive charge! They can't offer fixed contracts. When you sign up with an energy marketer, you can avoid these unexpected rate changes. As you can see from the previous chart, marketers can offer you an arrangement to fit your situation.

What's included in retail gas prices

If you choose to buy from a gas marketer, your gas delivery won't change. You will still get a bill from your distribution utility which will indicate a Delivery charge and a Transportation Charge (usually the responsibility of your utility) - about 1/3 of your bill that goes to the utility, and a Gas Supply Charge - the remaining 2/3 that goes to the competitive gas supplier you chose. If you have rental equipment or a service contract, these will appear as well. The transportation charge is set by the marketer in Union Gas South territory and can also be the responsibility of the marketer in the Enbridge territory, depending on your contract with the marketer.

Remember this split when comparing costs. Gas marketers offer rates on your Gas Supply charge, which is about 2/3 of your bill. Union Gas bills have four charges, as follows:

  • (1) Gas - Supply (¢/m3)*
  • (2) Transportation to Union Gas (/m3)
  • (3) Delivery to you (/m3)
  • (4) Storage Fee (¢/m3)
  • (5) Monthly Customer Charge ($/month)

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* Gas Supply is the charge that you compare with the rates from gas marketers. Transportation is a pipeline charge managed by all marketers in Union South, by the utility in the Union North and East territory and can be the responsibility of either Enbridge or the marketer (check your contract or directly with the marketer). Delivery to you and the Monthly Customer Charge are regulated rates charged by Union Gas. These latter rates are regulated by the Ontario Energy Board. As a result, when a promotional message claims a 10% saving, it is referring to 10% of the 2/3 controlled by the competitive supplier.

Example: A typical annual gas bill is $1,200. One third of that, $400, is a regulated transportation and delivery charge (numbered 2, 3, and 4). The remaining $800 is the gas supply charge. A competitive gas supplier is offering a 10% saving is offering a saving of $80, which is 10% of the $800 gas supply charge.

Have you seen a different price recently?

If you've seen a price from a marketer that is different from the list above, please tell us so that we can help others can make an informed purchasing decision All comments are welcome.

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This price comparison search helps you find the cheapest electricity and cheapest natural gas among Canadian energy companies. While energy price information does not have the sex appeal of TV and electronics, it actually saves you much more money in your personal budget. If you sign a contract for 1 cent less per M3 (27 cents/GJ), you will save about $30 per year. The difference between the highest and lowest price in Ontario is usually 8 cents, so signing with the lowest cost provider will save you $ 240 per year. Think about this when the door to door marketers and telemarketers talk to you.

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Business customers have many more options for buying natural gas and electricity. They can buy full requirements gas contracts with all of the delivery and compressor fuel charges added, or they can buy naked price contracts based on NYMEX quotes, and pay all of the other charges quoted separately. Electricity can be either a fixed price for every kWh used regardless of timing, or a business can buy a block of electricity to best match their time of use. Business customers can buy from companies such as Coral (Shell Trading), Sempra, CNE, Direct Energy,