Ontario Gas Prices Are Set To Rise Tomorrow & It'll Be The Highest Its Been In Months

Prices haven't been this high since 2022! 💸

Toronto Staff Writer
A Shell gas station

A Shell gas station

After several days of no change, Ontario gas prices appear to be embarking on yet another upwards trend, so pay attention, drivers!

According to gas analyst Dan McTeague, gas prices could rise by three cents on Friday, bringing totals up to 166.9 cents per litre in areas such as Toronto, Hamilton, Ottawa, Windsor and St. Catharines.

If predictions hold, the increase will follow the 5-cent uptick the province recorded on Thursday and bring prices to the highest they've been since late 2022.

"These are the highest prices since [November] 10," McTeague tweeted on Wednesday.

On the bright side, the sizeable uptick in gas prices will be far from universal for the province.

For example, the city of Peterborough, which often offers some of the cheapest gas in Ontario, is set to see its stations offer 158.9 cents per litre on Friday, according to Gas Wizard.

Cornwall is also on track to record lower gas prices than the rest of the province, topping off at 159.9 cents per litre on Friday despite recording a whopping 10-cent increase.

The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) has Ontario's average gas price at 156.1 cents per litre, with energy markets on a two-day upward trend. So, conditions are certainly ripe for an increase.

Why are gas prices so high in Ontario?

"Left to supply and demand fundamentals, gasoline should be aiming towards $1.90 a litre. Unfortunately, panicking markets are distracted by irrelevant headlines, including a U.S. debt default, interest rates, inflation and global recession," McTeague told Narcity on Thursday.

Who controls gas prices in Canada?

Shell Canada states that gasoline and diesel fuel, as refined products, are globally traded commodities at the wholesale level. Refining companies like Shell and Esso determine their wholesale prices for each commodity by considering the supply and demand in Canadian and international markets.

Patrick John Gilson
Toronto Staff Writer
Patrick John Gilson is a Staff Writer for Narcity Canada’s Ontario Desk focused on Ontario gas prices and is based in Toronto, Ontario.