Northwestern Ontario’s fuel prices are dropping – but we’re still paying some of the most expensive prices across Canada.
As of December 13, fuel stations in Kenora are reporting prices at 160.9 per litre – a drop of 10 cents from December 12’s prices. Prices are also now sitting at 172.9 in Dryden, 158.2 in Sioux Lookout and 147.9 in Red Lake, for a regional average price of 170.9.
This is the third price drop we’ve seen in December as prices began at 172.9 per litre in Kenora, and the sixth price drop over the last month when prices sat at 189.9 per litre in mid-November.
That’s all great – but northwestern Ontario now has the fourth most expensive fuel prices in Canada at an average of 170.9 for the district. As of now, we’re only behind Terrace, BC Cat 174.4, Golden, BC at 175.9 and Fort St. John, BC at 177.9.
And this all comes as once again, Thunder Bay is reporting the cheapest prices across the country at a staggering low of 113.6 per litre. Winnipeg, meanwhile, is paying an average of about 148.1 per litre.
The lowest price that Kenora has seen in 2022 was back in January at 146.9 per litre. The high-mark was set in June at 223.9 per litre – which is also the highest price the region has ever paid, according to statistics from GasBuddy.
The Ontario NDP called on the government to end ‘price-fixing’ at northwestern Ontario’s fuel stations earlier this month – after Q104 and KenoraOnline reported that between September and November, Ontario’s fuel price changed 37 times – but prices never dropped once in northwestern Ontario.
Of note, the Competition Bureau of Canada found no evidence of price-fixing in the region in 2019 after interviewing 50 fuel stations from the region.