The average price for gas in Ontario on Saturday is 206.6 cents per liter, up from Friday’s average of 202.9, last month’s average of 186.1 and last year’s average of 128.2. cents per liter, according to the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA).
Drivers in Ontario continue to see pump prices salivating, while record-breaking gas prices in Canada have fueled consumer goods and food prices, impacting the way people live their lives.
Analysts say high prices, along with a rise in Canadian inflation, which reached 6.7 percent in March, the strongest rise in more than 30 years, have hurt.
Average gas prices in GTA
This is how we compare ourselves with the rest of Canada
The average gas price in Canada is 203.3 cents per liter.
Gas prices are the lowest in Alberta where the prices are 179.5 cents per liter. Gas prices are highest in BC at 222.1 cents per liter.
How did we get here?
In January, gas prices across the country began to rise, and in February records broke as prices rose at the pumps.
At the same time, COVID-19 restrictions began to be lifted and people began to move again, pushing gas demand to pre-pandemic levels, while an escalating situation in Ukraine and a series of international sanctions against Russia put pressure on an already tense supply, sending international crude prices into a downward spiral.
Experts say the people hardest hit by high gas prices are low-income Canadians, who are more likely to spend a significant portion of their income on transportation and are less likely to afford electric vehicles to offset rising costs.
Top places to refuel in the GTA
- 195.6 at Pioneer, 8765 Hwy 50, Vaughan
- 197.9 at Costco, 1411 Warden Avenue, Scarborough
- 198.6 at Pioneer, 6375 Major Mackenzie Drive East, Markham
- 199.6 at Petro-Canada, 701 Krosno Boulevard, Pickering
- 199.9 at Shell, 13947 Hurontario Street, Caledon
- 199.9 at Esso, 2210 Stouffville Road, Whitchurch-Stouffville
- 199.9 at Ultramar, 16544 Hurontario Street, Caledon
- 200.5 at Ultramar, 2956 Queen Street East, Brampton
- 200.9 at Canadian Tire, 1520 Shawson Drive, Mississauga
- 201.6 at Esso, 375 Guelph Street, Halton Hills
Gas expert and president of Canadians for Affordable Energy Dan McTeague said gas prices will continue to rise.
“There is a shortage of supply,” McTeague said in an email to the Star.
“It is not made any better by Europe’s intention to abandon Russian oil and gas. Demand is strong,” McTeague said, adding: “Refineries have a real challenge to keep up, especially as many have slowed down or shut down production due to regulations.
“There is no real enlightenment on the horizon.”
McTeague said gas prices in the GTA will rise another 3 cents a liter on Saturday. “It effectively puts us in a place we’ve never been before.”
“That’s 211.9 a litre,” he said. “So that will take prices to all-time highs and break the record we had a few weeks ago of 209.9.”
McTeague said people could see prices go up to 230 cents a liter in the summer.
Tips to save money on gas
Experts say consumers’ driving habits can affect how much money they spend on gasoline. Some simple tips for saving money on gas include:
- Drive at a steady speed and avoid abrupt movements, as most vehicles are most fuel efficient when traveling between 50 and 80 km/h.
- Traveling lightly and removing heavy objects from the vehicle, such as hockey equipment, can help reduce fuel consumption.
- Use apps that provide daily updates for gas prices in your area, such as GasBuddy and Waze, which rely on crowdsourced information.
- Go to the gas station earlier in the week as some experts say prices tend to rise on Thursdays and weekends.
- And the obvious: use your vehicle less, try to carpool more, use public transport, go cycling or walking.