Yes, it’s normal.
Next-generation meters are now part of the basic service approved by the Régie de l’énergie [Québec energy board]. It is no longer possible to have an electromechanical meter. We do, however, continue to offer an opt-out option, with the installation of a non-communicating meter, which must be read manually. If you choose this option, you will be billed $5 per month to cover the meter reading cost.