In recent weeks, the price of gasoline has increased across Canada, and the Outaouais region is no exception.
The realistic price at the pump, targeted by CAA Quebec, is close to $ 1.50 / liter. In the Outaouais, the price is, on average, $ 1.47 / liter.
This can be explained by the fact that certain sectors of the Outaouais, in particular Gatineau, benefit from a reduction in the gasoline tax due to its status as a border region.
Nonetheless, the average price is still about $ 0.05 higher than at gas stations in Ottawa.
How to explain this recent increase? With the return of many workers to the office, the demand for gasoline increased, but the supply remained stable.
According to stakeholders, demand will increase once again this winter, so more price hikes can be expected.
The full professor in the decision-making sciences department of HEC Montréal, Pierre-Olivier Pineau, believes thatwe must not think that the cost of transport is the dominant in all the prices of the products that we buy. At the grocery store, the cost of transportation is estimated at 5% of the total for the grocery store.»
Nevertheless, it should remain a small component» : Of course, this will help increase prices, but this is not the dominant cost factor that we consume.»
Gatineau residents tempted to go to Ontario
Although this increase in the price of gasoline is not disproportionate, the fact remains that it is in addition to the expenses to be expected. Citizens met in Gatineau decide to go to the other side of the Ottawa River or to Eastern Ontario to fill their gas tank.
As a student it starts to cost a lot for nothing», Launched a young man in his twenties.
Usually I will [mettre de l’essence] in Lachute, but my son goes to daycare in Hawkesbury, so I’m going there nowOne woman said.
Another man speculates that it could be related to a labor shortage at refineries, but he believes the price increase is excessive. There are some who put it in their pockets, and we empty ours!“, He illustrated jokingly.
With information from Marie-Jeanne Dubreuil