Price of gas drops to $1.45 a litre for Nunavik Inuit
Harvesting equipment subsidies also get a small boost
Nunavik drivers will see a price drop at the pump this fall.
On Sept. 1, the price of gasoline set by Nunavik’s fuel distributors dropped from $2.01 per litre to $1.85 per litre.
The gasoline subsidy program, which is jointly managed by the Kativik Regional Government and Makivik Corp., will contribute 40 cents a litre, reducing the price to $1.45 per litre for all beneficiaries of the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement, the KRG said in a Sept. 9 news release.
The KRG also announced changes to one of its other cost-of-living subsidy programs: the maximum subsidy under the harvesting equipment measure will be increased from $1,000 to $1,150 as of Sept. 1.
As well, portable generators of 3,000 watts and less have been added to the program’s list of items eligible for a subsidy.
Regional organizations use Quebec’s cost-of-living funds—$115.8 million between now and 2025—to offer Nunavimmiut seven major subsidy programs: elders’ assistance, airfare reduction, and subsidies on country food (though its hunter support program), household appliances, harvesting equipment, gasoline and groceries.