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Public lighting rates

Public lighting service is offered to federal, provincial and municipal authorities, or to any person duly authorized by them.

Costs associated with public lighting service

There are two types of public lighting service: general and complete. In either case, any request for repairs or maintenance must be made in writing.

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    General service


    The rate for general public lighting service is 10.24¢ per kilowatthour for the supply of electricity.

    Costs of related services

    When Hydro-Québec does work such as installing, removing, replacing or connecting luminaires at your request, you must pay fixed charges. The same applies to picking up luminaires, which you must supply and assemble ahead of time.

    We also apply a fixed charge for providing traffic control crews to ensure public safety where required under the Highway Safety Code.

    In addition, there are charges for the rental of pole space and circuits, as well as luminaire maintenance.

    Type of work


    Connection of lighting system to grid $361
    Installation and simultaneous connection of luminaire $144
    Connection of luminaire $144
    Connection of luminaire to joint-use enclosure $144
    (No charge if connection done when Hydro-Québec is putting in an underground line)
    Disconnection of luminaire $144
    Reconnection of luminaire $144
    Removal of luminaire $144
    Replacement of luminaire $288
    Relocation of luminaire $288
    Maintenance of luminaire Actual costs
    Pickup of luminaires and components $270 per pickup
    (max. 8 luminaires)
    Rental of Hydro-Québec pole space for attachment of a luminaire $1.528 per month per luminaire
    Rental of pole space and circuits for dedicated street lighting conductors $3.218 per month per luminaire
    Traffic control crew $300 for 2 person crew
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    Complete service

    Costs of installation and related services

    Fixed charges apply to the removal and replacement of a luminaire within five years of its installation. Luminaire selection depends on availability.

    At your request, Hydro-Québec will install a specific type of equipment (such as a concrete pole or a different type of bracket). You will be charged the difference in cost between your choice and the standard equipment.

    Type of work


    Removal of luminaire $144 within 5 years of installation.
    No charge after that.
    Replacement of luminaire $288 within 5 years of installation.
    No charge after that.

    Rates for standard luminaires

    The following monthly rates apply to standard high-pressure sodium-vapor luminaires under a complete public lighting service contract:

    High-pressure sodium vapor luminaires

    Rating of luminaire

    Rate per luminaire

    5,000 lumens (or 70 W) $22.23
    8,500 lumens (or 100 W) $24.24
    14,400 lumens (or 150 W) $26.13
    22,000 lumens (or 250 W) $30.69

    Light-emitting diode luminaires

    Rating of luminaire

    Rate per luminaire

    6,100 lumens (or 65 W) $22,92

    For more details, see th Electricity Rates effective April 1, 2017.