Utilities

Utilities

Welcome to Kingston! 
Kingston is a vibrant, welcoming, and beautiful community. The city is consistently ranked among the best places to live in Canada. Here is some important information you need to know when you move to Kingston. If you live outside of Kingston, please contact your township for more information.

Electricity
Kingston and his surrounding are served by three electricity providers: TOU prices reflects the cost of producing electricity at different times of the day based on demand. Time-of-Use prices change three times a day, when demand is at peak, mid-peak and off-peak. 
•    Off-peak: when demand for electricity is lowest, and the cost is low
•    Mid-peak: when demand for electricity is moderate, and the cost is moderate
•    On-peak: when demand is highest, and the cost is high
These prices are set by the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) twice a year on May 1st and November 1st. 



You can find more information about time-of-use demand periods and prices:
https://www.oeb.ca/rates-and-your-bill/electricity-rates/managing-costs-time-use-rates
With the tiered price option, you can use 1 000 KWh of electricity each month at a lower price. When you reach this limit, a higher price is applied.



For more information regarding Tiered prices, please visit the https://www.oeb.ca/rates-and-your-bill/electricity-rates#tiered

Water
Water meters are used in Kingston and surrounding areas. 
For more information about water and wastewater monthly rates, please visit the following resources: 
Kingston: https://utilitieskingston.com/Cms_Data/Contents/UtilitiesKingston/Media/Documents/Rates/2020-W-WW-Rate-Schedule.pdf
Loyalist township (Bath, Odessa, Amherstview): https://www.loyalist.ca/en/living-in-loyalist/water-and-sewer.aspx 
Gananoque: https://www.gananoque.ca/town-hall/utilities-and-billing

Garbage and recycling
The City of Kingston collects one untagged bag or container of garbage each week.  If you have more than that, you will need to buy bag tags to go on extra garbage bags or containers. The City will collect any number of garbage bags/containers – as long as they have a bag tag on them. The Loyalist Township and Gananoque are using a Pay as you throw system for garbage. Every bag needs a tag. 

To buy garbage tags, please visit:
Kingston: https://www.cityofkingston.ca/resident/garbage-recycling/household/garbage
Loyalist Township: https://www.loyalist.ca/en/living-in-loyalist/garbage.aspx
Gananoque: https://www.gananoque.ca/community-services/public-works-and-utilities/garbage-recycling-and-landfill

Recycling must be sorted and placed in the blue bin if it is plastic, aluminum and glass or in the gray bin if it is paper, cardboard or plastic bags. Not sure where to put an item? Please visit the 
https://www.cityofkingston.ca/resident/garbage-recycling/waste-tools/lookup

Ticks
Ticks can be active any time if the weather is above freezing. However, spring, summer and early fall have more risk of exposure to a tick. Here are some great precautions to take to prevent ticks’ bites:
•    Using a tick repellent that contains DEET, 
•    Walking in the middle of a trail away from tall grass and bushes, 
•    Wearing a long-sleeved shirt and pant tucked into high socks, 
•    Checking your pet, clothing and body when you return from being outside.
For more information and learn how to remove a tick, please visit https://www.kflaph.ca/en/healthy-living/lyme-disease-.aspx 

Parking restrictions
Starting December 1, parking is prohibited on all city streets from 1 a.m. to 7 a.m. – and from 12 a.m. to 7 a.m. on the streets surrounding Kingston General Hospital. The overnight winter parking bylaw ensures that vehicles are kept off the streets so that snow plows can effectively respond to winter weather events. The parking prohibition remains in place until the end of March. The same restriction is applied in Loyalist Township and Gananoque area.

For more information
Reception 
613-541-5010 ext. 5195
KMFRC@forces.gc.ca