Electricity in Canada – Power in Canada

Electricity in Canada - Power in Canada

Update 3. March 2024

Electricity in Canada - Daniel-Johnson dam (Manic-5) in the Côte-Nord region - Hydro Quebec
Daniel-Johnson dam (Manic-5) in the Côte-Nord region – Photo: Hydro Quebec

Québec receives 95% of its electricity from hydroelectric plants, which are among the largest in the world. Hydro Quebec, the state-owned electricity company, publishes an annual guide that reports on the company’s facilities and electricity in Canada.

The partly giant dimensioned plants are popular objects of viewing. Hydro Quebec offers free guided tours.

Hydro-Québec is a Canadian electricity supply company. The company is under the control of the province of Quebec. The Montreal-based state-owned company is responsible for the generation, transmission and distribution of electrical energy in Quebec.

Electricity in Canada 110 V

Canadian socket - Electricity in Canada
Canadian Socket

In Canada there is alternating current 110 V, 60 Hz. However, for the sockets you need an intermediate plug (American plug). For electrical appliances that cannot be switched to 110 V (razor, hair dryer, iron), you can get a transformer in an electrical shop.

240 V is the high voltage current in Canadian households.

However, in more isolated areas the power fails from time to time. Falling trees due to storm, fire, high snow load or freezing rain cut the power lines. Short interruptions of operation by the power company are carried out without notice. Longer operational failures are announced by telephone.

A generator provides the necessary power during long power outages.

That is why many households in those areas are equipped with a generator. Long power failures are bridged in this way. This is especially important in winter to prevent the water pipes from freezing.