It will soon cost Ontarians more to heat their homes with natural gas.
Three of the major energy providers received approval from the Ontario Energy Board on Thursday to increase rates.
The board estimates that Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc. will jack up customers rates to an equivalent of an extra $25 a year on a typical bill.
Meanwhile, most in Southern Ontario will pay about $24 more per year, and the rest of the province will see average increases of between $38 and $40.
The rates are effective October 1st.
That may not be the end of the energy increases for typical customers as the Liberal government’s cap-and-trade plan will begin next year and is expected to add $5 a month to home heating bills.