Victoria: Starting April 1, the following costs have increased: Hydro rates will begin their 28 per-cent climb starting with a nine-per-cent jump April. Ferry fares have increased by four per cent. This fare hike is on top of another 3.5-per-cent increase ferry users faced in January. Fares have gone up by more than 100 per cent on some routes since 2001. Ferry discounts for seniors will be cut to half.