Alberta Premier Jason Kenney just announced that the fuel tax relief, which has led to the lowest gas prices in Canada, will remain for another three months amid hyperinflationary concerns.
“We’re helping Albertans save money through the fuel tax relief program at a time of need,” Premier Kenney said in a news release.
“While fuel prices have continued to increase nationwide, Albertans still pay considerably less than their provincial neighbours. We’re pleased to extend this important relief measure until the end of September.”
As per the news release, the fuel tax relief program, which currently saves Albertans $0.13 per litre, results in total savings of roughly $6.80 per tank for compact cars (50 litres), $18.50 in savings for a large pickup truck (136 litres), $7.21 for a small SUV (53 litres), $12.65 for a mid-size SUV (93 litres), and $185.50 for a semi-trailer (1,364 litres) every time someone fills up their tank from empty.
According to GasBuddy.com, in order from most to least expensive Province, the average regular gas price by Province today is the following:
- British Columbia — $2.17.4 per litre
- Newfoundland — $2.17.4 per litre
- Prince Edward Island — $2.17.0 per litre
- New Brunswick — $2.16.2 per litre
- Quebec — $2.12.8 per litre
- Manitoba — $2.07.4 per litre
- Nova Scotia — $2.06.8 per litre
- Saskatchewan — $2.04.3 per litre
- Ontario — $2.00.6 per litre
- Alberta — $1.89.1 per litre
At 11 cents cheaper than its closest competitor, Alberta is clearly doing something right.
As previously reported by The Counter Signal, Kenney announced the fuel tax relief just before gas prices rose to over $2.00 across the country following years of inflation and Trudeau’s carbon tax hike not-so-funnily unleashed on April Fool’s Day.
“We’ve heard Albertans’ concerns about the rising cost of living loud and clear. While the federal government is set to increase the carbon tax April 1, Alberta’s government is taking the opposite approach and stepping up to offer relief. Stopping the provincial fuel tax puts money back in the pockets of Albertans when they need it most,” Kenney said on March 7.