Beginning on October 1, anyone connected to a natural gas distribution system and paying a bill directly to a natural gas retailer with less than 2,500 gigajoules (GJ) of annual consumption will be eligible for government-provided rebates. The rebates will automatically appear on bills. No application will be needed for the rebates if connected to a gas system. 

The program will put a hard cap on how much the regulated utility providers (ATCO Gas North, ATCO Gas South, and Apex Utilities) charge you at $6.50 per GJ. The government will provide rebates to all consumers covering the difference between $6.50 and how much is consumed. For example, if any of the regulated rates go to $7.50 per GJ for the month of November, then all consumers would receive a rebate on their bill covering $1 for every GJ used during the month of November.

The rates will also be the same for people on different forms of utilities (such as propane, kerosene, and heating oil) as long as they are using less than 2,500 gigajoules (GJ) of annual consumption. 

“We are stepping up to provide more and more relief for Albertans as prices remain high. This rebate will provide price protection for millions of Albertans using natural gas, kerosene, propane and other fuels next winter. It will help families, farms and businesses manage high heating costs in the upcoming winter to keep life affordable in Alberta," says Dale Nally, Associate Minister of Natural Gas and Electricity.

Consumers not on natural gas utilities can apply directly for their rebates through a separate application system.

The Albertan Government say they are committed to protecting natural gas consumers from a European-style spike next fall and winter. 

The gas rebate is another component of the Alberta Government’s work to help support consumers dealing with high costs of living. This follows an electrical rebate that was recently announced and a gas tax repeal. 

For more information on the rebates, click here. 


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