Did You Know?

Did You Know?

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.


Kingston is served by three electricity providers, Kingston Utilities, Hydro One and Eastern Ontario Power. The three providers use the Time-of-Use (TOU) pricing. TOU reflects the cost of producing electricity at different times of 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 1 and November 1. You can find more information about time-of-use demand periods and prices:


Water meters are used in Kingston. The water and wastewater monthly rates schedule is available at:

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. 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.

Parking restrictions

Starting Dec. 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 that surround 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.

For more information:

613-541-5010 ext. 5195