Gas prices in Montreal spike to over $1.50 per litre for first time in years
MONTREAL -- Those lending their vehicles to friends in the Greater Montreal Area might want to politely start asking those friends to put a couple of bucks in the tank.
CAA Quebec is now quoting the realistic price-per-litre at the pump at ¢151.1-per-litre, and the average pump price in Montreal is ¢148.0.
Prices at the pump in Montreal spiked to above $1.50 for the first time in years. (Cosmo Santamaria/CTV News)
Some commuters have pulled up to the pump and seen prices even higher than CAA's realistic price.
"Two customers of mine came in saying they were paying $1.52 downtown," said Brian Goodleaf who runs Goodleaf's Gas on Highway 138 in Kahnawake.
Those filling at Goodleaf's will pay $1.43/litre and $1.54 for premium, as Kahnawake's pump prices hover at three to five cents lower than neighbouring Chateauguay.
The realistic price in Monteregie, where Chateauguay is located, is ¢146.2.
CAA-Quebec calculates the realistic price by adding the "rack price plus transportation costs and applicable taxes."
The organization says pump prices at gas stations in the same area can vary "depending on how they compete with each other, on what types of gas station they are, and on their sales volumes, among other things," CAA-Quebec said.
According to Statistics Canada, the monthly average price per litre in August was 141.2 cents per litre. The highest monthly averages have been in the past decade were in June 2014 (¢144.9), April 2012 (¢143.5), and May 2018 (¢142.7).
The cost increase is due to a spike in oil prices. On Sept. 7, crude prices were around $68 per barrel, and they jumped over $10 and are hovering around $77-per-barrel.