Coronavirus: Gas prices plummet throughout most Canadian provinces amid pandemic

Gas prices are plummeting across the country as more Canadians bunker down into self-isolation and work from home to flatten the novel coronavirus curve.

The latest numbers from the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) show that gas prices are down in Nova Scotia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, British Columbia, Quebec and New Brunswick.

CAA’s averages are calculated daily. According to the association, Wednesday’s national gas price was 85.3 (cents) per litre, down from the 105.8 per litre it was exactly one month ago — a 20 per cent decrease.

One year ago, the average at this time was 114.1 per litre — making today’s prices a 26-per cent decrease.

Significant drops were found in Alberta, which averages at 78 per litre, down from 93.5 per litre last month and 110.3 last year.

Ontario also saw a decrease from 110.8 last year to an average of 82.7 per litre on Wednesday.

New Brunswick, which averages at 91.1 per litre, dropped from 112.8 per litre last month and 116.3 last year.

Nova Scotia went from 119.9 per litre last year to 80.3. Newfoundland and Labrador saw a similar decrease, from 123.4 per litre to 99.9.

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