News release

Gasoline Market Report Released

The Nova Scotia government has received the Gardner-Pinfold report on the Nova Scotia gasoline market.

The report was commissioned this summer to provide information about the declining numbers of retail gasoline dealers in rural Nova Scotia.

The main findings of the report include:

  • The average retail margin on a litre of gasoline is between four and five cents;
  • The decline of gas stations in Nova Scotia has been consistent with declining numbers across Canada over the past 10 to 15 years;
  • Nova Scotians are purchasing more and more of their gasoline at urban stations and in towns, instead of at rural stations;
  • Regulating the gasoline market in Nova Scotia may help retailers, but the increased margin would have to come from consumers, wholesalers or a combination of the two;
  • Rural areas are unlikely to lose all gasoline service, but the Nova Scotia retail gasoline market will continue to rationalize as it has for the past 10 to 15 years.

The report presents three options for consideration: regulating the wholesale and/or retail price; regulating the structure of the retail gasoline business; and leaving the market as it is today.

Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Minister Barry Barnet said government has shared the report with stakeholders and will consider their feedback before making any decisions.

The report can be viewed online at www.servicens.ca .

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The Nova Scotia government has received the Gardner-Pinfold report on the Nova Scotia gasoline market.

The report was commissioned this summer to provide information about the declining numbers of retail gasoline dealers in rural Nova Scotia.

Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Minister Barry Barnet says government has shared the report with stakeholders and will consider their feedback before making any decisions.

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