Gasoline prices in Ottawa hit record high

Ottawa motorists are paying record prices at some gas stations today, with prices expected to rise further by the weekend.

Gasoline prices rose four cents per liter at stations in Ottawa and southern Ontario on Wednesday morning to an average of 190.9 cents per litre.

Some Ottawa stations were selling gasoline at 191.9 cents per litre.

Canadians for Affordable Energy President Dan McTeague told CP24 that Imperial has decided to increase its retail margin by one cent per litre, bringing prices to 191.9 cents per litre.

McTeague says prices are expected to drop a cent a liter on Thursday before rising a nickel on Friday.

“Unless things change drastically, we’re looking at a scenario at 194.9, maybe even 195.9,” McTeague said, adding that prices could hit $2 a liter by the long weekend. of May.

McTeague says the European Union’s decision to ban the purchase of Russian oil by the end of the year and that China will eventually lift the blockages will drive the price of oil up $10 a barrel, increasing the cost of gasoline.

According to ottawagasprices.com, the average gasoline price in Ottawa was $1.24 per liter a year ago and 79 cents per liter on May 4, 2020.

McTeague says there is no relief in sight for motorists.

“It’s going to get a lot more painful and it’s going to last a lot longer,” McTeague told CP24.

“There’s really nothing in sight that would drive those prices down.”


Increase in gasoline and dashboard thefts in Ontario

The Ontario Convenience Store Association says there has been an increase in gasoline and dashboard thefts at gas stations as gasoline prices rise.

“Last year, there were 21,000 drive offs in Ontario, with an average loss of $52 per drive. This year, we expect nearly 50,000 drive offs,” Ontario Convenience Store Association CEO Dave Bryans said in an interview on Newstalk 580 CFRA’s Ottawa. Now with Kristy Cameron.

“Most police departments have already said the number of people desperate to refuel but don’t have the money to pay tripled in the first quarter, so they think they can drive away.”

The Ontario Convenience Store Association expects gasoline and scorecard reports to worsen as prices continue to rise.

“It’s a victimless crime, people think. There’s been hardly any charges over the years, it’s just people saying they forgot to pay and go back and to pay if they are stopped by the police,” Bryans said.

The Ontario Convenience Store Association is calling on Ontario to support Bill 231 “The Protecting Ontarians By Enhancing Gas Station Safety to Prevent Gas and Dash Act”. The bill would require drivers to pay upfront before refueling.


With files from Pat Foran of CTV News Toronto

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