On Sept. 1, the price of gas at the pumps in Nunavik went up 17 cents to $1.725 per litre from $1.55 per litre.
The actual price of gas from the region’s main distributor jumped by only 11 cents but in a news release, the Kativik Regional Government and Makivik Corporation say they were also forced to lower the gasoline subsidy to 21 cents per litre from 27 cents.
They say that while the demand for the region’s cost-of-living reduction programs has increased, its pot of money has not.
The Quebec government is spending $5 million on cost-of-living reduction programs in the region in 2012-2013.
The KRG and Makivik Corporation are lobbying for more money for the programs in the next fiscal year.