Average FortisBC electricity bill going up about $5 next year

The utility got approval from the BC Utilities Commission to install a 3.47% general rate increase for its customers, effective January 1.

As of January 1, FortisBC gas customers will see an overall increase to their bill due to an increased cost of gas rate and increased delivery rates | Photoropic/E+/Getty Images

If you get your electricity from FortisBC, your bill will be going up in 2022.

The utility got approval from the BC Utilities Commission to install a 3.47% general rate increase for its customers, effective Jan. 1. The average residential customer’s bill will increase by about $5.36 per month.

“We strive to operate efficiently and keep rates as low as possible, while still making the necessary system improvements and long-term investments that ensure our customers will always have the power they need, when they need it,” FortisBC regulatory affairs vice-president Diane Roy said in a press release.

“B.C.’s hydroelectricity is a key enabler of the province’s CleanBC Roadmap, and maintaining and improving our electric system helps make this possible.”

The end of 2022 will mark the end of the two-tier residential rate system, which is being phased out over three years. A single rate will be implemented in 2023.