Gas Tax Forum

Gas Tax Forum

On June 7, Ontario citizens elected a new Conservative government which had made several transportation policy announcements during the election campaign. One was a promise to cut the provincial gasoline tax by 10 cents: 5.7 cents from the current 14.7 cent excise tax and 4.3 cents from cancelling Ontario’s participation in the Cap-and-Trade Program (CTP) with Quebec and California. The government said it would fulfill this pledge soon after it is sworn in on June 29. 
Since a tax on gasoline is an essential mobility pricing measure used in jurisdictions
around the world, Transport Futures Gas Pumpfacilitated a special Forum on July 25 -- the same day as the government's CTP cancellation legislation was tabled. Politicians, academics and analysts from the fuel, transit, environmental and construction sectors discussed the pros and cons of cutting the gas tax in terms of:
  • economics (oil supply/demand, gasoline price setting, business/household purchase decisions/expenses);
  • provincial fiscal policy and infrastructure funding (roads, transit, active transportation);
  • transportation demand management (driver behaviour, modal choice);
  • environmental and legal implications (emissions, CTP, carbon taxes);
  • politics (local, provincial, national and international).
Our interactive agenda provided delegates with ample time to pose questions to our speakers, understand the complexities of lowering gas taxes and network together. Based on evaluations received, more than 80% said the Forum met or surpassed their expectations while 90% said it was good value for money. Here are a few testimonials:
  • "Interesting speakers and great panel discussions."
  • "Tremendous variation in sub-topics. As comprehensive as it could be under current disruptive circumstances in Ontario, where buzzwords and incompetence reigns!"
  • "Good range of discussion on related topics."
  • "Learned more than I thought!"
  • "Lots of intellectual discussion, debates and overall very good presentations."
  • "Very informative. Thanks for your efforts to put this together and allowing me to participate."

Transport Futures thanks our generous sponsors:



Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario



407 ETR



Ontario Good Roads Association