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:

Learn more about your natural gas bill's charges and components.

Learn more about your Primary Gas rate options.

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 August 1, 2017
Basic monthly charge ($/month) $14.00 $14.00
Primary Gas – quarterly rate service ($/m3) $0.1017 $0.0921
Supplemental Gas ($/m3) $0.1563 $0.1559
Transportation to Centra ($/m3) $0.0502 $0.0538
Distribution to customer ($/m3) $0.0943 $0.0866

The August 1, 2017 changes to Natural Gas Rates represent a decrease of approximately 4.0% or $29 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, the amount in gas deferral account and the reversion of interim non-Primary Gas rates as a result of the Board’s Directive 5 in Order 108/15.

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 August 1, 2017
Basic monthly charge ($/month) $14.00 $14.00
Primary Gas – quarterly rate service ($/m3) $0.1017 $0.0921
Supplemental Gas ($/m3) $0.1563 $0.1559
Transportation to Centra ($/m3) $0.0502 $0.0538
Distribution to customer ($/m3) $0.0943 $0.0866

The August 1, 2017 changes to Natural Gas Rates represent a decrease of 3.1% to 5.0% 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, the amount in gas deferral account and the reversion of interim non-Primary Gas rates as a result of the Board’s Directive 5 in Order 108/15.

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 August 1, 2017
Basic monthly charge ($/month) $77.00 $77.00
Primary Gas – quarterly rate service ($/m3) $0.1017 $0.0921
Supplemental Gas ($/m3) $0.1563 $0.1559
Transportation to Centra ($/m3) $0.0480 $0.0516
Distribution to customer sales services ($/m3) $0.0416 $0.0357

The August 1, 2017 changes to Natural Gas Rates represent a decrease of 4.1% to 5.7% 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, the amount in gas deferral account and the reversion of interim non-Primary Gas rates as a result of the Board’s Directive 5 in Order 108/15.

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 August 1, 2017
Basic monthly charge ($/month) $1,221.42 $1,118.31
Primary Gas $0.1017 $0.0921
Supplemental Gas ($/m3) $0.1563 $0.1559
Transportation to Centra ($/m3) $0.0174 $0.0196
Distribution to customer sales service ($/m3) $0.0091 $0.0073
Distribution refund to customer sales service (S/m3) $0.0000 $0.0000
Distribution to customer T-service ($/m3) $0.0091 $0.0073
Demand transportation ($/m3) $0.3094 $0.3074
Demand distribution ($/m3) $0.1666 $0.1503

The August 1, 2017 changes to Natural Gas Rates represent a decrease of 5.9% to 6.5% 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, the amount in gas deferral account and the reversion of interim non-Primary Gas rates as a result of the Board’s Directive 5 in Order 108/15.

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 August 1, 2017
Basic monthly charge ($/month) $1,247.13 $2,353.33
Primary Gas ($/m3) $0.1017 $0.0921
Supplemental Gas ($/m3) $0.1563 $0.1559
Transportation to Centra ($/m3) $0.0037 $0.0060
Distribution to customer sales service ($/m3) $0.0045 $0.0012
Distribution to customer sales service refund ($/m3) $0.0000 $0.0000
Distribution to customer T-service ($/m3) $0.0045 $0.0012
Distribution to customer T-service refund ($/m3) N/A N/A
Demand transportation ($/m3) $0.5475 $0.5456
Demand distribution ($/m3) $0.1816 $0.1576

The August 1, 2017 changes to Natural Gas Rates represent a decrease of 3.8% to 6.8% on the annual bill, depending on the consumption of a Mainline 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, the amount in gas deferral account and the reversion of interim non-Primary Gas rates as a result of the Board’s Directive 5 in Order 108/15.

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 August 1, 2017
Basic monthly charge ($/month) $1,254.45 $1,042.72
Primary Gas ($/m3) $0.1017 $0.0921
Supplemental Gas ($/m3) $0.1560 $0.1560
Transportation to Centra ($/m3) $0.0093 $0.0115
Distribution to customer sales service ($/m3) $0.0089 $0.0066
Distribution to customer refund ($/m3) $0.0000 $0.0000
Distribution to customer T-service ($/m3) $0.0089 $0.0066
Demand transportation ($/m3) $0.1438 $0.1429
Demand distribution ($/m3) $0.0851 $0.0772
Alternate supply service $0.0117 $0.0092

The August1, 2017 changes to Natural Gas Rates represent a decrease of 6.6% to 7.8% 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, the amount in gas deferral account and the reversion of interim non-Primary Gas rates as a result of the Board’s Directive 5 in Order 108/15.

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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