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Most Expensive Cities in Canada for Gasoline Prices

When you're driving in Canada, this is where a tank of gas will cost you the most, according to Statistics Canada.

Canada is one of the world’s major oil producers, having the third largest oil reserves in the world. The western regions produce the biggest percentage of the nation’s oil, and there are numerous refineries in the country which are contracted to supply gasoline to retail outlets. Gas prices differ from city to city due to complexities such as transportation, environmental standards, taxes, and production requirements. According to Statistics Canada driving through the following cities will cost the most for a tank of gas, as reflected by the average prices per liter in February 2017.

The most Expensive Cities in Canada for Gasoline Prices

Cities In The Eastern Provinces

The City of St. John’s in Newfoundland and Labrador is ranked as the most expensive Canadian City for gasoline prices. The average price of gas in the city was 130.7 dollars per liter. Increased taxes on commodities such as gasoline in the province that came into effect in 2016 have contributed to the high gas prices seen in different cities. Montreal, Quebec is the second most expensive city for gasoline in the Eastern Provinces at the average price of 113. Average prices in the City of Quebec were 106.4.

The Province of Ontario had three cities on the list namely, Toronto (107.8), Ottawa (105.3), and Thunder Bay (96.3). The prices of gasoline in the town of Saint John, New Brunswick averaged at 106.4 while those of Halifax in Nova Scotia were 104.4. The provinces of Brunswick and Nova Scotia produce little oil and gasoline prices are further affected by inadequate gas storage facilities in addition to pipeline bottlenecks. Charlottetown in Prince Edward Island had average gas prices of 105.8.

Cities In The Western Provinces

The average gasoline prices in Vancouver were 125.6, the highest in British Columbia and the second-highest in the country. The city depends on refineries in the US, mainly in Washington State, for much of it gasoline. Its supply is affected in case of hiccups in the production or transportation. Victoria, another city in British Columbia, had its average gas prices at 116.9. The high prices were also attributed to hiccups in the source refineries. The average gasoline prices in Winnipeg, Manitoba were 96.3. The city’s gasoline prices are dependent on the state of its refineries such as those in the American states of Indiana and Illinois. The Province of Alberta had two cities in the list namely, Calgary (93.8) and Edmonton (91.7). The prices in the two cities were mainly affected by carbon pricing which increased taxes on gasoline in a move to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions. The cities of Regina (93.4) and Saskatoon (93.4) in Saskatchewan were also included.

Cities In The Northern Provinces

The nation’s northern territories do not produce a lot of oil. The Northwest Territories produce nearly 0.2% of the country’s total oil production, which is transported to refineries in Alberta by pipeline. The city of Whitehorse had the third-highest gasoline prices in Canada at an average of 119.8. Yellowknife City in the Northwest Territories has its gasoline prices averaging at 118.2.

Most Expensive Cities in Canada for Gasoline Prices

RankCity ProvinceAverage Price of Gasoline, Per Litre (February 2017)
1St. John'sNewfoundland and Labrador130.7
2VancouverBritish Columbia125.6
3WhitehorseYukon119.8
4YellowknifeNorthwest Territories118.2
5VictoriaBritish Columbia116.9
6MontrealQuebec113
7TorontoOntario107.8
8Saint JohnNew Brunswick106.4
9Quebec Quebec106.4
10CharlottetownPrince Edward Island105.8
11OttawaOntario105.3
12HalifaxNova Scotia104.4
13Thunder BayOntario96.3
14WinnipegManitoba96.3
15CalgaryAlberta93.8
16ReginaSaskatchewan93.4
17SaskatoonSaskatchewan93.4
18EdmontonAlberta91.7

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