04/12/2017 12:20 EDT

Gas Prices In Central, Eastern Canada Give Motorists Sticker Shock

MONTREAL — Drivers are facing sticker shock as gas prices in many parts of Canada are on the rise — and they're expected to continue going up.

According to gas price tracking firm GasBuddy, the average price today for regular unleaded in the country was almost $1.15 per litre, up 19 per cent from a year ago.

Dan McTeague, a senior petroleum analyst with GasBuddy, says a combination of higher ingredient costs for summer fuel and the lower value of the loonie have caused prices in Eastern Canada to hit their highest level since October 2014.

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Gas prices jumped overnight in eastern and central Canada, and more price hikes are expected. (Photo: Getty Images)

Pump prices in the Greater Toronto Area are approaching $1.22, while Montreal is peaking at about $1.27.

McTeague sees prices rising another three to five cents per litre in Eastern Canada.

He says the highest average gas prices in Canada, aside from the Far North, are $1.39 in Vancouver, and the lowest prices are in the Prairies, at about $1.03.

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