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Gasoline Pricing in Canada

The Issue

Canadians rely on gasoline to fuel transportation, making it is an essential commodity, so the ever-changing price of gasoline gets a lot of consumer attention.

Rapid changes in gasoline prices -- particularly upward ones -- and the dynamic fluctuation of prices lead many motorists to question the basis of the prices they pay.

The Consumers Council of Canada seeks to provide consumers with information to improve their knowledge about the supply chain and market forces influencing gasoline prices and the meaning of cost and "benchmark" prices reported as news.

Gasoline consumption is commonplace in Canadian life, but the global supply chain that brings it to market is complex.

  • Gasoline is made from crude oil, the world's most traded commodity.
  • Refineries buy crude oil and convert it into a range of petroleum products including gasoline.
  • Subsequently, the gasoline produced passes through distribution businesses that deliver it to service stations for sale to motorists.

Each link in the supply chain tries to recover its costs and make a profit, with varying levels of success.

To understand how gasoline gets to your fuel tank, let's follow the process from the well to the gas station fuel pump.

Start learning more by reading about > Crude Oil Production and Pricing.

Developments of Interest on this page are curated by volunteer members of the Council's issues committee focused on the impact of factors in energy markets that affect consumer rights and responsibilities. This collection is part of the committee's ongoing attention to this subject and does not necessarily represent positions of the Council or the views of the curators.

Developments of Interest

Related Research


Consumers Council's Research Report on Canadian Consumers' willingness to pay for energy efficiency and other initiatives that would contribute to the reduction of climate change. Download


This report presents key considerations and elements of a household consumption strategy for Canada, within the context of the federal government's current efforts to develop a Sustainable Consumption and Production Framework. Embedding the household strategy within this broader SCP framework is essential, as a central conclusion of this report is that households cannot advance sustainable consumption on their own but require collective solutions and collective actions by government and other stakeholders. (March 2009, Released June 2009) Download


Related Consumer Rights Policy Statements

Fuel Efficiency Labelling for Vehicles English | French

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More information and perspectives


Fuel Focus, Natural Resources Canada

U.S. Energy Information Agency

Interest groups

Canadian Automobile Association (CAA)


Canadian Fuels Association

Imperial Oil

Kent Marketing Services


Shell Canada

Participatory Internet Sources


Gas Buddy

Consumers Council of Canada references these additional information sources for the convenience of site visitors and has no connection or involvement with and takes no responsibility for the content presented by these sources.

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