Motorists face higher gas prices nationwide
Published Friday, February 1, 2013 10:27PM EST
Gas and diesel prices have been steadily climbing over the past few weeks, increasing at an average of 11 cents a litre across the country.
In Halifax, gas on Friday cost $1.359 per litre, in Toronto $1.307, and in Vancouver $1.318.
Prices have gone up nationally about 11 cents a litre since Jan. 18, gas expert Dan McTeague told CTV News.
“That would mean average prices in Canada are well over $1.30 a litre,” he said, adding that Vancouver, Montreal and Halifax have been hit hardest.
The increase is not unexpected, according to McTeague.
“It has a lot to do with the season. We are midpoint in winter, which means some refineries will begin to go into scheduled maintenance,” he said.
Energy analysts say prices will likely spike again in spring, some forecasting they could be as high as $1.50 a litre in Atlantic and Central Canada.
Demand for gasoline typically picks up from spring through the summer, according to energy analyst Peter Linder.
"We’re getting used to it,” one consumer told CTV News. “I know it’s awful, but it sort of seems to be the norm now.”
With a report from CTV’s Alberta Bureau Chief Janet Dirks