2014 Rate Budget

On December 11, Hamilton City Council approved the 2014 Tax-Supported Capital Budget and 2014 Rate Budget. 

The approved 2014 Rate Budget reflects Council’s ongoing commitment to implement a sustainable financing plan while funding necessary infrastructure and maintaining affordable water rates with an approved rate increase of 4% from 2013.

For an average household consuming 210 cubic metres of water the 4% rate increase translates into an additional $23 per year or 45 cents each week. Hamilton’s rates remain among the lowest in Ontario with the following rates to come into effect January 1, 2014.

Water and Wastewater/Storm Fixed Charges

The tables below list the 2013 and 2014 water and wastewater/storm charges and increases. The following rate notes provide additional information related to the rates tables.

Rate Note: 

  1. Rates are for a 15-20 mm meter which most residential homes have installed.
  2. No rates listed for the 2013 water fixed charge consumption charge block 1 or the 2013 wastewater/storm fixed charge treatment charge block 1 because of a two tier system introduced January 1, 2014.

Water Fixed Charge Rate Table

Rate Type 2013 2014 Increase
Daily Water Fixed Charge $ .29 $ .29 $ .00
  Consumption Charge Block 1
(rate per cubic metre)
No amount available. $ .65 $ .00
Consumption Charge Block 2
rate per cubic metre)
$1.22 $1.29 $ .07

Wastewater/Storm Fixed Charge Rate Table

Rate Type 2013 2014 Increase
Wastewater/Storm Water Fixed Charge $ .29 $ .29 $ .00
  Consumption Charge Block 1
(rate per cubic metre)
No amount available. $ .66 $ .00
Consumption Charge Block 2
(rate per cubic metre)
$1.22 $1.32 $ .10

2014 Hamilton Water Rate Budget and Services Overview

Hamilton's ability to provide clean, safe drinking water to its residents as well as protect the natural environment through wastewater collection and treatment is a fundamental task of the City.

The 2014 Hamilton Rate Budget reflects Council's ongoing commitment and dedication to implement a sustainable financing plan while bridging the divide between the funding shortfalls for necessary infrastructure with affordable water rates.

2014 Rate Book: Services & Overview (PDF, 6 MB)
2014 Rate Book: Appendix A - R (PDF, 2.4 MB)