Gas tax cuts coming for drivers in Mississauga, Brampton, Hamilton and Ontario
The province is slashing the price of gas and diesel by more than 5 cents per litre until the of the year for drivers in Mississauga, Brampton, Hamilton and the rest of Ontario as Premier Doug Ford calls on the federal government to match the province’s cuts.
Ford was in Brampton on Thursday ahead of the province’s six-month cut to the gas tax by 5.7 cents per litre and the fuel tax by 5.3 cents per litre which kicks in as of July 1.
Until December 31, the provincial gas tax rate will be cut from 14.7 cents per litre to 9 cents per litre, while the fuel tax rate, which applies to diesel, will be reduced from 14.3 cents per litre to 9 cents per litre.
The province says those cuts, combined with a 4.3 cents per litre savings from the elimination of the cap and trade carbon tax, add up to a reduction in taxes and charges on gas of 10 cents per litre.
But Ford says the provincial measures aren’t enough, and called on Ottawa to match Ontario’s cut on gas and fuel to give drivers a break at the pumps.
“This is a time for all governments to come together and take pressure off Canadians when they need it most,” Ford said on Thursday, calling gas tax saving “a real, tangible solution that we can deliver for Canadians at a time when costs are higher than they’ve ever been.”
Between the recent cuts and the elimination and refunding of licence plate renewal fees, the province says vehicle owners in Ontario could see average savings of about $465 in 2022.
While the latest cuts will only run until the end of the year, Ford said the province will look at extending the reduction into 2023 after the summer season.
Gas prices hit an all-time high earlier this month, getting up to $2.15 per litre in Mississauga, Brampton, and other GTA cities.
Experts say it may offer some relief to drivers facing sky-high prices at the pump, although the long-term benefits may be more unpredictable.
The recent price increases are attributed to multiple factors including shortages, sanctions against Russia following the Ukraine invasion, and higher demand for gas as the warmer weather sees more residents going out and hitting the road.
These were the cheapest gas prices in Mississauga, Brampton and Hamilton on Thursday:
(1570 Dundas St E)
(10187 Kennedy Rd N)
(564 Barton St E)
The average price of gas in Durham Region was 200.34
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