Lower Aviation Fuel Tax Will Help Make Things More Affordable Says Romano

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The Ontario government is delivering on its commitment to reduce the aviation fuel tax rate in Northern Ontario, helping to lower the cost of living for people in the region.

Finance Minister Rod Phillips was joined by Ross Romano, Minister of Colleges and Universities and MPP for Sault Ste. Marie, at the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre to talk about the government’s plan to make life more affordable and put more money in people’s pockets.

As announced in the 2019 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review: A Plan to Build Ontario Together, the government is proposing to cut the aviation fuel tax rate in the North to 2.7 cents per litre from 6.7 cents per litre.

“Living in Northern Ontario can bring with it a higher cost of living, in part because of greater reliance on air travel and air freight,” said Minister Phillips. “That is why we are helping reduce costs in this region by cutting the aviation fuel tax rate.”

The lower aviation fuel tax rate would help reduce costs on things like groceries and air travel. This reduced rate would apply to aviation fuel purchases in the North as of January 1, 2020.

“Our government has heard loud and clear that people from all walks of life – especially those who live in Northern Ontario – are tired of paying more and getting less,” said Minister Phillips. “That is why we have a plan to make life more affordable for families and individuals in every corner of the province.”

Minister Romano added: “We are putting more money in people’s pockets by reducing taxes, helping families with child care expenses and ensuring postsecondary education is affordable. By taking these concrete steps, we are ensuring that Ontario continues to be a place to live, work and play.”

Greg Rickford, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, will talk more about the government’s plan to make life more affordable in Northern Ontario today at the Thunder Bay International Airport.

“Northerners know all too well about the high costs of essential goods in the north and the great distances we travel as a part of everyday life,” said Minister Rickford. “Our government recognizes these unique challenges, and through this aviation fuel tax cut, we are taking real action to make life more affordable for the hardworking families across Northern Ontario.”

Reducing the aviation fuel tax rate in Northern Ontario is part of the government’s balanced and prudent plan to build Ontario together. Ontario’s plan is creating more jobs, putting more money in people’s pockets, making our communities healthy, our streets safe, our commutes shorter and our government smarter.


  1. Bring back half price plate stickers for northern ontario…our roads aren’t driveable. Gas costs more. No transit options. When’s gas going down again?

  2. So by for the people y’all meant big corporations? I guess we misunderstood.

    Might be important to vote yes for your constituents instead of yes to TTC which has nothing to do with your constituents…

    Price of flight might go down if you don’t die driving to the airport on roads not plowed for 16 hours…How about not plowing down south for 16 hours?

    Cheaper to close our highways then plow them right?

  3. Really? Do you honestly think that reducing the tax on aviation fuel is going to have an appreciably effect on the standard of living for most of the folks living in the Soo? How many people fly out of the Soo on their own dime? Is a wee savings on a flight really going to amount to anything? (Assuming the savings are passed on to the consumer.) This tax reduction only benefits people who can already afford to fly, or the companies that have employees fly. I would rather see safe highways or my power bill reduced. These things would benefit everyone.

  4. Why did you bail on the northern highways vote? I think this gaffe will be your undoing Tony. I get it you are just towing the party line but that has to stop if we ever want some money and attention spent for our northern communities!

  5. This will not translate into savings for the average consumer. It’ll add to the profitability of airlines but your seats to Toronto won’t be any cheaper. This is a joke.

  6. Oh ..so you can reduce fuel costs . So all that stuff about Trudeau raising gas price .. 5 % .. you could have reduced it 5 % but thought it would be more political to keep your 30 percent.. and blam e libreals for any higher costs that NEVER came.. now you reduce aviation costs which is of less demand .. but raise the cost of electricity which YOU told us your party was going to significantly reduce .. and you told the people from the Soo “you would fight for them .” So far you said NO to train service for the north .. but YES for the take over for TTC .. you said NO to improve highway for the NORTH .. you didn’t even cared enough to say NO in person and stayed home. You DONT explain your lack of support for the SOO but hide until moments like this .. which I agree they do need support small aviation business but no to big ones like AIR Canada .. but we know you dont give two ..s… for our transportation system up north .. explain yourself that’s why you get paid ..

  7. I am awfully disappointed in the lack of open public interest in serious public issues that primarily are affecting the local area.

    Other territories are seperate matters, in my mind.

    It seems officials in the system think they heave no responsibility to be in the public through an available forum like this one. I am specifically meaning in these response parts to the various highlighted publications ?

    My communication is for no wrong motive nor purpose without a doubt in me.

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