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Here Are the 151 Canadian Electric Utilities

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Benoit Marcoux's picture
Executive Advisor Private Practice

I have designed, financed, managed and sold systems, services and organizations through the transformation of the telecom and energy industries. As a business advisor, I have sold, led or...

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In the United States, the Energy Information Agency maintains a handy database of electric utilities. I couldn’t find anything similar for Canada. In my activities as a business consultant in the electricity sector, it’s something useful and I have had many Canadian utilities as customers. So, I made my own over the years and I’m sharing it here. 

You’ll be pleased to know that 151 electric utilities operate in Canada — I included the entire list at the end of this post. Some definitions here: I’m only counting distribution companies. Companies that are energy retailers, transmitters or generators without a distribution operation are omitted from this list. I found the number of customers for most of them, giving a sense of size, although I couldn’t always find this information — mostly Alberta coops and some utilities in the territories. 

A full 60% of Canadian utilities are municipally owned, and 20% more are coops.

However, by customer count, almost 60% of Canadian customers are served by a provincial or territorial utility. As I couldn’t find the customer counts of many coops, this chart underestimates this category. 

Ontario has the most utilities, followed by Alberta, British Columbia and Québec. Manitoba and Prince Edward Island are the only two provinces with a single utility. 

Hydro-Québec is the largest Canadian utility, with over 4.3 M customers. BC Hydro and Hydro One follow. Alectra is the largest municipal utility. The Fortis companies, if taken together, would have over 1 M customers in BC, AB, ON, PE and NL, but they’re largely operating independently. The top 20 companies have 89% of the Canadian customers — the 20th one, Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro, has almost 100,000 customers.

Let me know if you want to know more!

1Hydro-Québec Distribution4,316,914Prov./Terr.QC
2BC Hydro2,049,322Prov./Terr.BC
3Hydro One Networks Inc.1,333,601Prov./Terr.ON
4Alectra Utilities Corporation991,102MunicipalON
5Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited772,624MunicipalON
6ENMAX Power Corp.674,800MunicipalAB
7Manitoba Hydro586,795Prov./Terr.MB
8FortisAlberta Inc.563,000Inv. OwnedAB
10Nova Scotia Power Incorporated520,000Investor OwnedNS
11NB Power405,466Prov./Terr.NB
12EPCOR Distribution Inc.369,000MunicipalAB
13Hydro Ottawa Limited335,320MunicipalON
14Newfoundland Power269,000Inv. OwnedNF
15ATCO Electric Ltd.227,000Inv. OwnedAB
16FortisBC175,900Inv. OwnedBC
17London Hydro Inc.159,039MunicipalON
18Veridian Connections Inc.121,826MunicipalON
19Saskatoon Light & Power117,200MunicipalSK
20Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro Inc.96,827MunicipalON
21ENWIN Utilities Ltd.88,978MunicipalON
23Maritime Power80600Inv. OwnedPE
24Oakville Hydro Electricity Distribution Inc.72,108MunicipalON
25Burlington Hydro Inc.67,940MunicipalON
26Energy+ Inc.65,402MunicipalON
27Entegrus Powerlines Inc.59,186MunicipalON
28Oshawa PUC Networks Inc.58,745MunicipalON
29Waterloo North Hydro Inc.57,471MunicipalON
30Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc.55,673MunicipalON
31Niagara Peninsula Energy Inc.55,593MunicipalON
32Thunder Bay Hydro Electricity Distribution Inc.50,950MunicipalON
33Greater Sudbury Hydro Inc.47,626MunicipalON
34Newmarket-Tay Power Distribution Ltd.43,524MunicipalON
35Whitby Hydro Electric Corporation42,906MunicipalON
36Brantford Power Inc.39,904MunicipalON
37Milton Hydro Distribution Inc.39,579MunicipalON
38Newfoundland & Labrador Hydro38,000Prov./Terr.NF
39Peterborough Distribution Incorporated37,139MunicipalON
40Bluewater Power Distribution Corporation36,691MunicipalON
41Saint John Energy36,500MunicipalNB
42PUC Distribution Inc.33,613MunicipalON
43City of New Westminster31,000MunicipalBC
44City of Medicine Hat Electric30,200MunicipalAB
45Essex Powerlines Corporation30,012MunicipalON
46Canadian Niagara Power Inc.29,245Inv. OwnedON
47Kingston Hydro Corporation27,658MunicipalON
48North Bay Hydro Distribution Limited24,172MunicipalON
49Westario Power Inc.23,547MunicipalON
50Welland Hydro-Electric System Corp.23,366MunicipalON
51Halton Hills Hydro Inc.22,442MunicipalON
52Festival Hydro Inc.21,369MunicipalON
54ERTH Power Corporation19,238MunicipalON
55Innpower Corporation18,163MunicipalON
56EPCOR Electricity Distribution Ontario Inc.17,408Inv. OwnedON
57Swift Current Electricity Services16,600MunicipalSK
58Orillia Power Distribution Corporation14,091MunicipalON
59Wasaga Distribution Inc.13,789MunicipalON
60Lakeland Power Distribution Ltd.13,644MunicipalON
61Orangeville Hydro Limited12,583MunicipalON
62E.L.K. Energy Inc.12,411Inv. OwnedON
63Algoma Power Inc.11,721Inv. OwnedON
64Grimsby Power Incorporated11,551MunicipalON
65Ottawa River Power Corporation11,247MunicipalON
66Lakefront Utilities Inc.10,450MunicipalON
67Hydro Westmount10,181MunicipalQC
69Niagara-on-the-Lake Hydro Inc.9,461MunicipalON
71Tillsonburg Hydro Inc.7,123MunicipalON
72Centre Wellington Hydro Ltd.7,022MunicipalON
73Coopérative SJBR6,400CooperativeQC
74Rideau St. Lawrence Distribution Inc.5,909MunicipalON
75Northern Ontario Wires Inc.5,903MunicipalON
76Edmundston Energy5,800MunicipalNB
77Kenora Hydro Electric Corporation Ltd.5,565MunicipalON
78Hydro Hawkesbury Inc.5,547MunicipalON
79Ville d’Alma5,482MunicipalQC
80Ville de Baie-Comeau4,928MunicipalQC
81Nelson Hydro4,434MunicipalBC
82Renfrew Hydro Inc.4,312MunicipalON
84West Coast Huron Energy Inc.3,869MunicipalON
85Wellington North Power Inc.3,805MunicipalON
86Fort Frances Power Corporation3,745MunicipalON
87Antigonish Electric Utility3,500MunicipalNS
88Espanola Regional Hydro Dist. Corporation3,303Inv. OwnedON
89Ville d’Amos2,882MunicipalQC
90Sioux Lookout Hydro Inc.2,839MunicipalON
91Hearst Power Distribution Company Limited2,697MunicipalON
92Cooperative Hydro Embrun Inc.2,305CooperativeON
93Atikokan Hydro Inc.1,636MunicipalON
94Corix Multi Utility Services Inc. 1,365Inv. OwnedBC
95Hydro 2000 Inc.1,262MunicipalON
96Chapleau Public Utilities Corporation1,208MunicipalON
97Perth Andover Light Commission1,000MunicipalNB
98Hemlock Utility Services Ltd.252Inv. OwnedBC
99The Yukon Electrical Company Limited 80Inv. OwnedBC
100Kyuquot Power Ltd.42Inv. OwnedBC
101Silversmith Light & Power Corporation9Inv. OwnedBC
105City of Lethbridge MunicipalAB
106City of Red Deer Electric Light & Power MunicipalAB
107Municipality of Crowsnest Pass MunicipalAB
108Town of Cardston  MunicipalAB
109Town of Fort Macleod  MunicipalAB
110Town of Ponoka  MunicipalAB
111Armena REA Ltd.  CooperativeAB
112Battle River Power Coop  CooperativeAB
113Beaver REA Ltd.  CooperativeAB
114Borradaile REA Ltd.  CooperativeAB
115Braes REA Ltd.  CooperativeAB
116Claysmore REA Ltd.  CooperativeAB
117Devonia REA Ltd.  CooperativeAB
118Drayton Valley REA Ltd.  CooperativeAB
119Duffield REA Ltd  CooperativeAB
120EQUS REA Ltd.  CooperativeAB
121Ermineskin REA Ltd.  CooperativeAB
122Fenn REA Ltd.  CooperativeAB
123Heart River REA Ltd.  CooperativeAB
124Kneehill REA Ltd.  CooperativeAB
125Lakeland REA Ltd.  CooperativeAB
126Lindale REA Ltd.  CooperativeAB
127MacKenzie REA Ltd.  CooperativeAB
128Mayerthorpe & District REA Ltd.  CooperativeAB
129Montana REA Ltd.  CooperativeAB
130Myrnam REA Ltd.  CooperativeAB
131Niton REA Ltd.  CooperativeAB
132North Parkland Power REA Ltd.  CooperativeAB
133Peigan Indian REA Ltd.  CooperativeAB
134Blue Mountain Power  CooperativeAB
135Co-op (Rocky REA Ltd)  CooperativeAB
136Sterling REA Ltd.  CooperativeAB
137Stony Plain REA Ltd.  CooperativeAB
138Tomahawk REA Ltd  CooperativeAB
139West Liberty REA Ltd  CooperativeAB
140West Wetaskiwin REA Ltd.  CooperativeAB
141Wild Rose REA Ltd.  CooperativeAB
151Willingdon REA Ltd.  CooperativeAB
102City of Grand Forks MunicipalBC
103City of Penticton MunicipalBC
104District of Summerland MunicipalBC
142Berwick Electric Light Commission MunicipalNS
143Canso Electric Light Commission MunicipalNS
144Lunenburg Electric Utility MunicipalNS
145Mahone Bay Electric Utility MunicipalNS
146Riverport Electric Light Commission MunicipalNS
149Northland Utilities Inv. OwnedNT
150Qulliq Energy Prov./Terr.NU
147Yukon Energy Corporation Prov./Terr.YK
148Yukon Electrical Company Inv. OwnedYK

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Matt Chester's picture
Matt Chester on Feb 1, 2021

Quite a useful list, Benoit-- thanks for sharing!

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Dr. Amal Khashab on Feb 1, 2021

Just customers number does not represent an utility. Main information must include , but not limited to :Operational Information of generation facilities and transmission as well as distribution facilities. Also planning information is crucial. In one word one can find whatever he wants in the utility.

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Daniel DuBellay on Feb 22, 2022

Veridian Connections and Whitby Hydro merged in 2019 to create Elexicon Energy

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Benoit Marcoux on Feb 24, 2022
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Thank Benoit for the Post!
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