Canadians Should Expect High Prices at the Pump through May

By Bizclik Editor


High prices that haven’t been seen since the summer of 2008 are estimated to be seen again soon. Co-founder of predicted today that the gas pump will soon be offering gas at an average of $1.40 per litre.

According to the Canadian Press, the Victoria Day long weekend may be more expensive for vacationers this year. "We're going to see gas prices jump around a little bit. But generally speaking, for the next month or so, we're going to see gas prices more or less going up," said Jason Toews, co-founder of the price-tracking website.

The gas price average in Canada is pinpointed at around $1.28 per litre currently by GasBuddy, which is the highest price Canadians have seen since the fall of 2008.

Vehicle based travel and the gas demand that comes with it will also increase prices this summer. High costs are directly related to the price of crude oil, which makes up 70 per cent of the cost of a litre.

SEE RELATED STORIES FROM THE WDM CONTENT NETWORK: Click here to read the latest edition of Business Review Canada

Canadians may feel frustrated at the exploding gas prices when the issue creating the spike is occurring half a world away. "A lot of people say 'We have so much crude oil here in Canada. Why don't we have cheap gas? Why don't we just sell it to ourselves?'" Toews said. "These companies who produce the crude oil are looking to maximize their profits. It's not a charity case. They're not here for the good of Canadians, per se."

Overall, Canadians should expect a continued price increase throughout the summer. How high gas prices will affect the Canadian economy is yet to be seen, but it can be speculated that consumers will be less inclined to drive as often as they currently do.

Featured Articles

Possibilities endless as generative AI takes centre stage

Generative AI is already playing a pivotal role in the way companies are run; the only question is how quickly it can be integrated into everyday tasks

Why companies should be preparing for scope 3 reporting

With a decision looming on the SEC’s proposed changes to climate-related disclosures, leaders should be examining supplier sustainability credentials

People over profit is steering business in a new direction

An unsettling few years has resulted in more and more companies hiring Chief People Officers to implement a culture that prioritises employee wellbeing

Databricks: The phenomenal rise of a data and AI heavyweight

Technology & AI

Business Chief expands portfolio with new look and coverage

Leadership & Strategy

Google at 25: The remarkable rise of a technology colossus

Technology & AI