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Making cents of prices at the pumps

Nova Scotians aren’t paying the most gas tax in the country, but they certainly aren’t paying the least.

Nova Scotians aren’t paying the most gas tax in the country, but they certainly aren’t paying the least.

On average, Canadians pay 33.2 cents federal and provincial tax at $1 per litre of gas.

Each province has its own special combination of taxes added to the cost, but every province pays a flat rate of 10 cents at $1 per a litre in federal excise tax.

Each province has their own provincial excise tax, which ranges from six cents at $1 per litre in the Yukon to 21 cents in Prince Edward Island.

Nova Scotians pay 15.5 cents, which is in line with the provinces of New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, B.C., Saskatchewan and Newfoundland and Labrador.

But in total, Nova Scotians pay 39.4 cents at $1 per litre of gas, which is the third highest total tax in the country.

The Yukon and Alberta pay the least total tax on fuel at 22 cents and 25 cents respectively at $1 per litre.

One of the biggest differences in the provincial lineup is that a few provinces, including Nova Scotia, add a provincial sales tax to the cost of fuel.

Only the Atlantic provinces and Quebec have a provincial sales tax on gas — and all charge in and around 7.5 cents at $1 a litre.

Finally, each province pays GST on fuel which ranges from just under six cents in the Yukon to almost seven cents in Prince Edward Island.

robyn.young@metronews.ca

 
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