Northwestern Ontario residents are still recovering after seeing the new price of fuel in the area.
On Sunday gas prices hit an all-time high in the Kenora district after prices jumped 6 cents per litre from 189.9 to 195.9 in Kenora. In Dryden the price of fuel continues to be at 189.9. Before that, the price of gas rose 7 cents per litre from 182.9 to 189.9 on Tuesday in Kenora and Dryden, with prices reported to be as high as 210.0 in Sioux Lookout.
“Fuel prices are really impacting our region,” said Kenora MP Eric Melillo in an interview with the Q Morning Show, noting that northwestern Ontario residents are paying about 59 cents per litre more for fuel in 2022, compared to last year.
“We know that these increases in prices on gas impacts northern and rural regions much more than other parts of the country. With the cost of everything going up, we’re feeling it not only at the pumps when we gas up, but on everything we buy, as these increases are adding to transportation costs.”
Melillo notes Ottawa implemented its latest increase to the Carbon Tax on April 1, which raised gas prices by an average of 2.2 cents per litre across the country. He says that is just one of the reasons why he continues to advocate for a break on the GST for fuel at the federal level.
“Of course, the government choosing to raise the carbon tax on April 1 only added to the increases that we are seeing,” adds Melillo. “That’s why I’ve been advocating for, at the very least, some temporary relief from these tax hikes.”
Melillo had previously supported a motion that called on the federal government to reduce gas prices by 5 per cent, which is the same amount Ottawa collects through taxes on fuel, which was shot down in April. It would have reduced prices by about eight cents per litre on average.
Earlier that month, Ontario’s Ford government introduced legislation that, if passed, would cut the gas tax by 5.7 cents per litre for a six-month period, beginning July 1, 2022. It could save Ontarians about $460 this year, but also depends on the result of June 2’s provincial election.
As of May 6, the most expensive fuel prices in Canada can be found in Vancouver, BC at 214.8, while the cheapest can be found in Leduc, AB at 149.9 per litre.
Prices have evened out a bit compared to neighbouring Manitoba, however. Last week, there was an over 20 cent per litre difference with stations charging around 168.9 in Winnipeg, but prices now sit around 179.9 in Manitoba.