Gross sales of gasoline on which road taxes were paid edged down 0.1% from 2011 to 42.0 billion litres in 2012.
The drop in gasoline sales in volume was in direct contrast to the average retail pump price of gasoline across Canada, which rose 3.2% from $1.24 per litre in 2011 to $1.28 per litre in 2012.
Ontario, Quebec, Alberta and British Columbia, which accounted for 84.0% of the total volume of gasoline purchased in 2012, all saw varying degrees of fuel consumption. Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia, for instance, all saw declines in gross sales, with Ontario decreasing 1.1% to 15.8 billion litres, Quebec falling 1.2% to 8.6 billion litres and British Columbia decreasing 1.2% to 4.7 billion litres. Alberta, on the other hand, saw its consumption increase 4.2% to 6.2 billion litres.
Nationally, in 2012, gross sales of gasoline were at their highest over the core summer period of July (3.7 billion litres) and August (3.9 billion litres). This period is often influenced by increased motor vehicle travel and a corresponding higher need for fuel.
Note to readers
Motor vehicle fuel sales data for 2011 have been revised.