WINNIPEG — Manitoba households paid an average of $2,731 in the past year for electricity, home heating and car insurance — the lowest in Canada, according to an independent audit commissioned by the provincial government.
The next lowest tally for this combination of bills was in British Columbia, where residents shelled out $3,324 a year, on average, for these items. Ontario had the highest average costs for these services, at $7,666 a year.
Last year, the Selinger government introduced the Affordable Utility Rate Accountability Act, requiring the finance minister to submit a report each year showing the comparative costs of a utility bundle of electricity, natural gas and auto insurance rates for each province.
This followed a promise by the NDP in the 2011 election campaign that, if elected, it would ensure that this basket of expenses remained the lowest in the country.
» Winnipeg Free Press
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition August 27, 2013