Many British Columbians’ wallets will be a little bit lighter starting this weekend.
New rates kicked in for both B.C. Ferries and B.C. Hydro as of April 1.
For vehicle passengers on ferries, fares went up by the maximum 1.9 per cent for the major southern routes, including Tsawwassen-Swartz Bay, Tsawwassen-Duke Point, and Horseshoe Bay-Departure Bay.
A one-way ticket for a vehicle on those routes is now just over $57, including taxes. That amount does not include the vehicle’s passengers.
Power bills are also going up, with B.C. Hydro rates climbing 3.5 per cent which the crown corporation estimates will tack an extra $45 annually onto an average bill.
Hydro rates are currently midway through a nearly 26 per cent climb as a part of BC Hydro’s 10-year rate plan.