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A new report by Deloitte shows Manitoba remains the most affordable province in the country when it comes to basic utility costs, Finance Minister Stan Struthers said Monday.

It shows we pay an average annual cost of $2,815 for electricity, heating and car insurance. The next-lowest province is British Columbia at $3,368 annually, while the highest cost for the services is in Ontario, $4,800 higher than Manitoba.

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The report examines the annual comparable cost of the utility bundle in each of the 10 Canadian provinces during the year ended March 31, 2012.

For electricity, Manitobans pay $814 on average per year compared with the countrywide average of $1,330. For home heating, Manitobans pay $849 ($1,500 nationally) and car insurance is $1,152 here ($2,014 nationally).

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 11, 2012 A5

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