Affordability programs

Overview

Putting money back in Albertans' pockets.

We're helping to save you money

Inflation has been tough on everyone. That’s why we’re helping Albertans combat the rising cost of living by providing relief from high energy prices.

You’ll keep more money in your pocket when filling up your gas tank, paying your power bill, and heating your home. We’re also making life more affordable with lower overall taxes, affordable child care, and more.

See the ways you'll save

Energy affordability programs

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Fuel tax relief

Alberta drivers will automatically save 8.5 cents per litre when filling up at the pump from October 1 until at least December 31.

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Electricity rebates

Starting in July, over 1.9 million homes, farms and businesses will receive a total of $300 in rebates over 6 months to cover high electricity costs.

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Natural gas rebates

Rebates will protect Albertans from high winter heating costs from October 2022 until March 2023.

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How the energy programs work

  • Fuel tax relief

    How it works

    • Alberta’s government is providing relief to Albertans facing high fuel costs.
    • Effective October 1, Alberta drivers will automatically save:
      • 8.9 cents per litre on gasoline and diesel, including GST
      • 4.2 cents per litre on marked gasoline and diesel, including GST
    • The fuel tax relief program is reviewed on a quarterly basis. Each quarter, we consider reinstating the fuel tax in stages or extending fuel tax relief based on the average price of West Texas Intermediate (WTI). The next change to the relief program will occur on January 1 at the earliest.
    • Fuel tax is still collected on rail, propane and aviation fuels.

    How much drivers will save when filling up

    Vehicle (tank size in litres) $ saved per fillup $ per month (4 fillups) $ for 3 months
    Semi-trailer (1,364L) $121.74 $486.96 $1,460.88
    Ford F-150 (136L) $12.14 $48.56 $145.68
    Grand Cherokee (93L) $8.30 $33.20 $99.60
    Toyota Corolla (50L) $4.46 $17.84 $53.52

    Other ways to save

    • Fuel prices vary among retailers. Shop around for the best price before you fill up, or use an online resource like GasBuddy.com. 
  • Electricity rebates

    Many Albertans are facing high electricity bills. To help cover the costs, we are providing $300 in rebates to over 1.9 million homes, farms, and small businesses.

    How it works

    • Six monthly rebates of $50 each will be applied directly to eligible electricity bills, for a total of $300.
      • Most Albertans will start to receive their rebates in July, but exact timing will vary depending on your billing cycle
      • Rebates will be applied each month for the rest of year, including December
      • Rebates will appear as a credit on your bill listed under the "GOA Utility Commodity Rebate"
      • Eligible consumers will automatically receive the rebate; no application or action is required

    Eligibility

    • You are automatically eligible for the rebate if you are an electricity customer who:
      • is currently connected to the system and receive a monthly bill directly from a utility provider
      • consumed less than 250 megawatt hours of electricity within the past year 
      • disconnected from the system for missed payment but is still enrolled with an electricity retailer
    • You are not eligible for a rebate if you:
      • disconnected from the system and are not enrolled with an electricity retailer
      • don't receive monthly bills directly from a utility provider because you live in a sub-metered residence (some condos and apartments); only the main site that connects directly to the distribution system is eligible to receive the rebate, if it consumes less than 250 megawatt hours per year
      • provide yard or street lighting services
  • Natural gas rebates

    To help Albertans manage higher winter heating costs due to volatile natural gas prices, we're running an energy rebate program from October 2022 to March 2023 to shield consumers from price spikes.

    Most Albertans will receive the rebates automatically on their utility bill, but a small number of people not connected to the natural gas system or using other heating fuels will need to apply.

    Current rebate rate

    • Highest default monthly natural gas rate (the Alberta price) for October 2022: $5.632 per gigajoule
    • No rebate will be credited for the October billing period but price protection is in place and rebates will be offered in November if the monthly rate rises above $6.50/gigajoule.

    How it works

    • Rebates will be applied directly to all eligible consumers' utility bill if the regulated monthly natural gas rate charged by any one of Alberta's 3 regulated utility providers is above $6.50 per gigajoule.
      • Each month we will post the highest price default natural gas rate (the Alberta price) from the 3 regulated utility providers (ATCO North, ATCO South, and APEX Utilities).
      • If the published Alberta price is above $6.50 per gigajoule, rebates will cover the difference between $6.50 per gigajoule and the regulated rate that calendar month. For example, if the Alberta price is $7.50, eligible consumers would get a rebate on their bill covering $1 for every gigajoule used.
      • Exact timing of the rebates will vary depending on your billing cycle.
    • Program runs from the start of October 2022 until the end of March 2023.

    Eligibility

    • You will automatically receive the rebate on your utility bill if you are a natural gas consumer who:
      • is connected to the system
      • is on either a regulated or competitive plan
      • uses less than 2,500 gigajoules of natural gas annually
    • You can receive a rebate if your household, small apartment building, farm, or small industrial or commercial operation is not connected to the natural gas system or uses other heating fuels under the maximum limit:
      • Propane: 16,334 litres per month
      • Heating oil: 10,780 litres per month
      • Kerosene: 11,068 litres per month
      • Non-connected natural gas: 417 gigajoules per month
    • Information on rebate application process for non-connected consumers and those using petroleum-based heating fuels will be available soon.
  • Get help

    Questions about your bill

    • Contact the Utilities Consumer Advocate at 310-4822 or email [email protected] for support if you believe you meet the eligibility criteria, but did not get a rebate on your natural gas bill.
    • Assistance information for consumers who are not connected to the natural gas system or consume other eligible heating fuels will be listed when the program starts. 

    Utility costs

    Phishing scams

    • The Government of Alberta will not send texts or emails about the rebate program and will not ask Albertans to submit information to receive rebates.
    • Be wary of any emails or texts related to the rebates that seem suspicious or ask for personal information.

    Financial assistance

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    Want lower utility bills?

    The Utilities Consumer Advocate can help you understand your bill, offer tips to reduce energy, and find ways to save.

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Putting money back in your pocket

How much you'll save when filling up your tank
Based on provincial fuel tax savings as of Oct. 1

Semi-truck (1,364L) drivers
will save $1,461 over
3 months if they fill-up
4 times per month.

Ford F-150 (136L) drivers
will save $146 over
3 months if they fill-up
4 times per month.

Grand Cherokee (93L) drivers
will save $100 over
3 months if they fill-up
4 times per month.

Toyota Corolla (50L) drivers
will save $54 over
3 months if they fill-up
4 times per month.

Other ways we are helping you save

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    Lower overall taxes

    Albertans pay less in overall taxes with no PST, no payroll tax or health premium, as well as a low provincial income tax indexed for inflation that about 40% of Alberta tax filers don't pay. A couple earning $75,000 with 2 children would pay $1,500 more in B.C. and $3,900 more in Ontario.

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    Albertans earn more

    Alberta workers have the highest weekly earnings ($1,226) in the country, while households have the highest median after-tax income ($104,000), which is $7,000 higher than Ontario and $10,000 higher than BC.

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    Affordable broadband for all

    The Alberta Broadband Strategy will bring affordable, reliable, high-speed internet to rural Albertans across the province over the next 4 years.

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    Supporting students

    The New Beginnings Bursary provides $5,000 to low-income students studying in high-demand programs to help pay for tuition, fees, supplies and living costs. This financial support does not need to be repaid.

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    Affordable child care

    Families of children 0 to kindergarten-age earning up to $180,000 can now get subsidy to lower child care costs. By 2026, all families will pay an average of $10 per day and 42,500 new licensed spaces will be added so families can choose the care that works for them.

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    Housing is affordable

    Alberta has some of the lowest housing prices and rental costs among Canadian urban centres. A smaller share of income is spent on home ownership costs – 27% in Edmonton and 35% in Calgary vs. the Canadian average of 54%.

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    Rent assistance

    The Temporary Rent Assistance Benefit helps eligible tenants who are low income or between jobs afford their rent while they stabilize or improve their situation.

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    Affordable school transportation

    The Fuel Price Contingency Program will remain in place for the 2022-23 school year to help school authorities cover higher transportation costs, providing millions of dollars in additional student transportation funding.