Current natural gas rates

Since natural gas is a commodity that is traded on the open market, the price rises and falls in accordance with supply and demand. To maximize customer choice and value, we offer variable quarterly and fixed rate options to help you find a service that best suits your needs. In addition, our rates are reviewed by the Public Utilities Board.

Our natural gas costs are passed on to customers without markup. For complete rate schedules and customer class definitions, choose the appropriate customer class:

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View pricing chart that compares Hydro's Primary Quarterly Rate to the Monthly Alberta Firm Index and Futures Price at AECO '7A', AB-NIT (PDF, 53 KB).

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Residential rates

Rate class Previous rates New rates November 1, 2016
Basic monthly charge ($/month) $14.00 $14.00
Primary Gas – quarterly rate service ($/m3) $0.1055 $0.0974
Supplemental Gas ($/m3) $0.1563 $0.1563
Transportation to Centra ($/m3) $0.0599 $0.0502
Distribution to customer ($/m3) $0.1119 $0.0943

The November 1, 2016 change to Primary Gas Rate and the removal of non-Primary Gas rate riders represents a decrease of approximately 9.9% or $78 on the annual bill of a typical residential customer who buys their Primary Gas from Centra Gas. This rate change is a result of a combination of changes to the forecast price that Centra pays for natural gas and the removal of the non-Primary Gas rate riders. 

More information on Manitoba Hydro Primary Gas fixed rates.

If you purchase your Primary Gas from a natural gas marketer or broker, please contact them to obtain your Primary Gas rate. Their phone number is listed on your natural gas bill.

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Small general service (SGS) commercial rates

This service is available to customers who use less than 680,000 cubic metres of natural gas annually. While customers who use less than 680,000 cubic metres of natural gas annually have the option of switching between this class and the large general service (LGS) class, given Centra's existing rates those customers who use less than approximately 13,770 cubic metres of natural gas a year will pay less in the SGS class.

Rate class Previous rates New rates November 1, 2016
Basic monthly charge ($/month) $14.00 $14.00
Primary Gas – quarterly rate service ($/m3) $0.1055 $0.0974
Supplemental Gas ($/m3) $0.1563 $0.1563
Transportation to Centra ($/m3) $0.0599 $0.0502
Distribution to customer ($/m3) $0.1119 $0.0943

The November 1, 2016 change to Primary Gas Rate and the removal of non-Primary Gas rate riders represents a decrease of 7.8% to 11.9% on the annual bill, depending on the consumption of a SGS Commercial customer who buys their Primary Gas from Centra Gas. This rate change is a result of a combination of changes to the forecast price that Centra pays for natural gas and the removal of non-Primary Gas rate riders.

More information on Manitoba Hydro Primary Gas fixed rates.

If you purchase your Primary Gas from a natural gas marketer or broker, please contact them to obtain your Primary Gas rate. Their phone number is listed on your natural gas bill.

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Large general service (LGS) rates

This service is available to customers who use less than 680,000 cubic metres of natural gas annually. While customers who use less than 680,000 cubic metres of natural gas annually have the option of switching between this class and the small general service (SGS) class, given Centra's existing rates those customers who use more than approximately 13,770 cubic metres of natural gas a year will pay less in the large general service class.

Rate class Previous rates New rates November 1, 2016
Basic monthly charge ($/month) $77.00 $77.00
Primary Gas – quarterly rate service ($/m3) $0.1055 $0.0974
Supplemental Gas ($/m3) $0.1563 $0.1563
Transportation to Centra ($/m3) $0.0577 $0.0480
Distribution to customer sales services ($/m3) $0.0592 $0.0416

The November 1, 2016 change to Primary Gas Rate and the removal of non-Primary Gas rate riders represents a decrease of 11.4% to 15.4% on the annual bill, depending on the consumption of a LGS customer who buys their Primary Gas from Centra Gas. This rate change is a result of a combination of changes to the forecast price that Centra pays for natural gas and the removal of the non-Primary Gas rate riders.

More information on Manitoba Hydro Primary Gas fixed rates.

Transportation Service (T-service) customers pay a separate distribution to customer rate from regular sales service customers. T-service involves the transmission and/or distribution of customer-owned gas on Centra Gas' system as defined in a contract between the customer and Centra Gas.

If you purchase your Primary Gas from a natural gas marketer or broker, please contact them to obtain your Primary Gas rate. Their phone number is listed on your natural gas bill.

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High volume firm service (HVF) rates

This service is available to customers who use 680,000 cubic metres or more of natural gas annually, through one meter, and require service that is available every day of the year.

Rate class Previous rates New rates November 1, 2016
Basic monthly charge ($/month) $1,221.42 $1,221.42
Primary Gas $0.1055 $0.0974
Supplemental Gas ($/m3) $0.1563 $0.1563
Transportation to Centra ($/m3) $0.0112 $0.0174
Distribution to customer sales service ($/m3) $0.0265 $0.0091
Distribution refund to customer sales service (S/m3) $0.0000 $0.0000
Distribution to customer T-service ($/m3) $0.0093 $0.0091
Demand transportation ($/m3) $0.4198 $0.3094
Demand distribution ($/m3) $0.1668 $0.1666

The November 1, 2016 change to Primary Gas Rate and the removal of non-Primary Gas rate riders represents a decrease of 12.3% to 14.3% on the annual bill, depending on the consumption of an HVF customer who buys their Primary Gas from Centra Gas. This rate change is a result of a combination of changes to the forecast price that Centra pays for natural gas and the removal of the non-Primary Gas rate riders.

Transportation Service (T-service) customers pay a separate distribution to customer rate from regular sales service customers. T-service involves the transmission and/or distribution of customer-owned gas on Centra Gas' system as defined in a contract between the customer and Centra Gas.

If you purchase your Primary Gas from a natural gas marketer or broker, please contact them to obtain your Primary Gas rate. Their phone number is listed on your natural gas bill.

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Mainline firm service (MLF) rates

This service is available to customers who receive natural gas through one meter, are served from Centra's transmission system or through dedicated distribution facilities at pressures in excess of medium pressure and require service that is available every day of the year. Mainline customers' annual natural gas requirements must equal or exceed 680,000 cubic metres, and they must contract for such service for a minimum of one year.

Rate class Previous rates New rates November 1, 2016
Basic monthly charge ($/month) $1,247.13 $1,247.13
Primary Gas ($/m3) $0.1055 $0.0974
Supplemental Gas ($/m3) $0.1563 $0.1563
Transportation to Centra ($/m3) $0.0024 $0.0037
Distribution to customer sales service ($/m3) $0.0221 $0.0045
Distribution to customer sales service refund ($/m3) $0.0000 $0.0000
Distribution to customer T-service ($/m3) $0.0049 $0.0045
Distribution to customer T-service refund ($/m3) N/A N/A
Demand transportation ($/m3) $0.6632 $0.5475
Demand distribution ($/m3) $0.1814 $0.1816

The November 1, 2016 change to Primary Gas Rate and the removal of non-Primary Gas rate riders represents a decrease of 16.1% to 17.0% on the annual bill, depending on the consumption of a Main Line Firm customer who buys their Primary Gas from Centra Gas. This rate change is a result of a combination of changes to the forecast price that Centra pays for natural gas and the removal of the non-Primary Gas rate riders.

Transportation Service (T-service) customers pay a separate distribution to customer rate from regular sales service customers. T-service involves the transmission and/or distribution of customer-owned gas on the Centra Gas system as defined in a contract between the customer and Centra Gas.

If you purchase your Primary Gas from a natural gas marketer or broker, please contact them to obtain your Primary Gas rate. Their phone number is listed on your natural gas bill.

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Interruptible service rates

Interruptible customers receive natural gas through one meter where the service may be interrupted by Centra from time to time upon notice to the customer. Interruptible service is only available in situations where, in the sole opinion of Centra, a benefit exists for Centra or other customers. This service is available to customers whose annual natural gas requirements equal or exceed 680,000 cubic metres and also contract for such service for a minimum of one year, or to customers that have received interruptible service continuously since December 31, 1996.

Rate class Previous rates New rates November 1, 2016
Basic monthly charge ($/month) $1,254.45 $1,254.45
Primary Gas ($/m3) $0.1055 $0.0974
Supplemental Gas ($/m3) $0.1560 $0.1560
Transportation to Centra ($/m3) $0.0071 $0.0093
Distribution to customer sales service ($/m3) $0.0180 $0.0089
Distribution to customer refund ($/m3) $0.0000 $0.0000
Distribution to customer T-service ($/m3) $0.0105 $0.0089
Demand transportation ($/m3) $0.2142 $0.1438
Demand distribution ($/m3) $0.0853 $0.0851
Alternate supply service $0.0133 $0.0117

The November 1, 2016 change to Primary Gas Rate and the removal of non-Primary Gas rate riders represents a decrease of 10.4% to 12.4% on the annual bill, depending on the consumption of a typical Interruptible Service customer who buys their Primary Gas from Centra Gas. This rate change is a result of a combination of changes to the forecast price that Centra pays for natural gas and the removal of the non-Primary Gas rate riders. 

Transportation Service (T-service) customers pay a separate distribution to customer rate from regular Sales Service customers. T-service involves the transmission and/or distribution of customer-owned gas on Centra Gas' system as defined in a contract between the customer and Centra Gas.

If you purchase your Primary Gas from a natural gas marketer or broker, please contact them to obtain your Primary Gas rate. Their phone number is listed on your natural gas bill.

What is alternate supply service?

Alternate supply service is any supply or source of natural gas that Centra may offer from time to time, in lieu of curtailment, to interruptible service customers.

What is penalty gas?

This is natural gas consumed by interruptible service customers in contravention to Centra's request for curtailment. Natural gas used in this situation is assessed a penalty charge.

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