Fair Gas Prices in Northwestern Ontario

Published on December 03, 2018

On Friday, November 30th, MPP Greg Rickford, made an announcement at the Uptown Restaurant in Kenora to address high gas prices in Northwestern Ontario. Serving in his capacity as the Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, Rickford announced that is calling on the Competition Bureau to review gasoline and diesel retail prices in northwestern Ontario.

On July 3, 2018 Ontario's government for the people removed the cap-and-trade carbon tax, saving 4.3 cents per litre off the wholesale price of gasoline and 5.0 cents per litre off the wholesale price of diesel fuel.

Earlier this September, wholesalers began removing these costs from their prices and in most markets across Ontario, retail prices have decreased with this change. However, in Northwestern Ontario, particularly in Kenora, Fort Frances, Dryden and Thunder Bay, has not seen these same savings at the pumps. 

“Our Government for the People has followed through and taken steps to cut gas prices in Ontario. Now we need to make sure those savings are being passed on to consumers across the province,” said Minister Greg Rickford. “We’re seeing anomalies in northwestern Ontario retail fuel prices which may be evidence of a lack of competitive behaviour. Given these observations, I am requesting that the Competition Bureau undertake a full review of gasoline and diesel retail pricing practices in northwestern Ontario.”

Ontario is committed to fair and competitive transportation fuel pricing, as part of its commitment to lower energy costs for all Ontarians. On October 31, 2018, the government passed The Cap and Trade Cancellation Act, 2018, saving the average family $260 a year, putting more money back in your pocket. 

Read Minister Rickford's letter to the Competition Bureau.