It used to cost Chris Polis about $60 to fill his gas tank. On Saturday, he paid over $105.
“It’s going to be hard to swallow,” Polis said, pumping gas at the Costco station in Nepean.
Polis lives in Almonte, Ontario, and makes the 40-minute drive to Ottawa almost every day. Driving is the only way to get to the city, he said.
“That’s why I bought a hybrid—to cut gas costs,” he said with a sigh.
Gas prices hovered around $1.92 to $1.95 in Ottawa on Saturday, but according to Gas Wizard, a site that tracks prices across Canada, they are expected to rise by four cents a liter and only two dollars on Sunday. per litre.
Those high prices mean that some drivers like Prahasith Kondra refuse to fill their gas tanks completely.
Kondra told CBC News he put in just $13 worth of fuel on Saturday.
“I can’t afford these prices,” he said, adding that he will only use his vehicle occasionally — such as when he has to drive longer distances.
“If it’s empty, I’ll take public transport,” he added.
No end in sight
Drivers are likely to experience even more pump pain in the coming weeks, said Dan McTeague, president of Canadians for Affordable Energy.
“It’s going to hurt. It’s going to be painful and it probably won’t end,” McTeague said.
†[Prices are] between now and the weekend of May 24 is likely to rise another 10 cents per liter.”
gas prices have increased rapidly over the past year, with the Russian invasion of Ukraine exacerbating the trend. Last May, the average gas price in Canada was $1.32.
“On May 9, if [Russian president Vladimir] Putin uses a national holiday there to say he’s had enough, no more war… I think that will take some pressure off,” McTeague said.
But the main issue comes down to supply and demand, McTeague said, adding that he sees no end in sight to high gas prices.
“We’re going to spend a lot more money,” he said. “It’s a direct hit for Canadians, especially those on middle and lower incomes.”