Kuujjuaq, Québec, September 6, 2018 – The price of gasoline set by Nunavik’s fuel distributors has risen on September 1st, from $1.79 per litre to $2.03 per litre in all Nunavik communities. The contribution of the Kativik Regional Government and Makivik Corporation, through the Gasoline Subsidy Program, remains at 40¢ per litre, reducing the price to $1.63 per litre for beneficiaries of the James Bay and Northern Québec Agreement (JBNQA).
The high price of gasoline in Nunavik is due, in part, to additional costs incurred for the transportation of fuel from the south to Nunavik communities and, in part, to additional costs incurred for the financing of annual fuel stocks. Federal and provincial taxes are applied after transportation and financing costs have been added to the price paid for the gasoline by local distributers.
The Gasoline Program is one of six regional cost-of-living measures implemented since 2007. The other measures are the Food and Other Essentials Program, the Airfare Reduction Program, the Household Appliance and Harvesting Equipment Program, the Country Food Community Support Program, and the Elders Assistance Program. The criteria applicable to all the measures are subject to modification or cancellation at any time. Over the years, all the measures have grown in popularity among Nunavimmiut.
For more information on the Gasoline Program or the other cost-of-living measures, visit http://www.krg.ca/quick-links/nunavik-cost-of-living-reduction-measures.