It's another sign that spring is on the way: the provincial Energy Board has approved a rate hike for Hydro-Quebec.

As of April 1, 2016, electricity will cost 0.7 percent more for Quebec customers.

That's one-third of the increase that Hydro-Quebec was asking for. Last July it asked for permission to raise prices by 1.9 percent for residential and most business customers.

The increase means most households in Quebec that heat with electricity will see their bills increase by $11 over the next year.

Hydro-Quebec asked to increase prices for large industrial clients by 1 percent, but that request was denied -- meaning the rates for those companies will not change.

Meanwhile, the Energy Board says Hydro-Quebec has to get ready for an increase in electric vehicles.