Gatineau is the largest city in Québec to share a border with Ontario. The city is located on the northern side of the Ottawa River (Ottawa is in the southern region) and has a population of around 290,000 people (approximately 1.3 million people if you take the Ottawa-Gatineau area into consideration).
Due to its proximity to the federal capital, Gatineau’s economic activity pretty much revolves around the federal government, the construction sector and the service industry.
Another impact of being close to Ottawa is that Gatineau residents and businesses often pay more for their maintenance or living costs than people in other parts of Québec or Ontario, which can include the cost of utilities in Gatineau.
Read on in case you want to understand more about electricity rates in Gatineau, as well as how to lower your natural gas bills. You can find below detailed information on utilities in Gatineau, including how to compare energy rates in the city.
Gatineau natural gas
Gatineau is one of the few main cities in Québec where natural gas is distributed by Gazifère, one of the two natural gas distributors in the province. Gazifère natural gas rates are regulated by the Régie de l’énergie, Québec’s energy regulator. However, consumers in the province have the freedom to choose their natural gas provider, whether residential or commercial.
Some of the competitive natural gas suppliers in Gatineau and/or Québec include, but are not limited to:
Compare natural gas rates in Gatineau: Go to EnergyRates.ca to compare Québec natural gas providers and their rates. The cost comparison tool provides you with a list of the major competitive natural gas retailers in the province, which enables you to choose the most affordable energy plan for your home or business.
Like everywhere else in Québec, electricity in Gatineau is regulated and provided by Hydro-Québec. All of the electric utility’s rates are also regulated by the Régie de l’énergie. Before Hydro-Québec, the Gatineau region was served by the Gatineau Power Company, an investor-owned company that was purchased by the province in the 1960s.
Hydro-Québec customers can have access to many online services, including power outage maps, login to the online account, service request, rebate programs and other resources.