February 28th, 2024

Gas tax paused in Manitoba, returns in Alberta at a lower rate

By The Canadian Press on January 1, 2024.

A man pumps gas in Montreal, Friday, March 4, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

As one province pauses the gas tax to provide savings at the pumps, another is bringing it back.

The Manitoba government says that starting Monday, motorists won’t have to pay 14 cents per litre in fuel tax for the next six months.

The province has said it introduced the measure to help motorists with inflation.

Meanwhile, the Alberta government is reintroducing the gas tax after pausing it nearly two years ago.

Starting Monday, motorists in Alberta can expect to pay a tax of nine cents per litre at the pumps.

Alberta said the rate of nine cents is cheaper than the 13 cents motorists had paid before the pause.

Alberta Finance Minister Nate Horner said the tax rate is based on the average price of oil.

Should the price of West Texas Intermediate average US$80 per barrel, Albertans can expect to save some or all of the fuel tax, he said.

“Alberta’s fuel tax is a predictable source of provincial revenue, helping to offset the volatility of other revenue sources,” Horner said in a December news release.

He said the province plans to provide an update on the fuel tax in the spring.

In Ontario, the provincial government is to extend a break on the gas tax to June, so motorists are to continue to pay nine cents per litre.

Opposition parties in British Columbia and Saskatchewan have asked for a break on gas taxes, but those provinces have refused to do so.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 1, 2023.

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