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Gas prices to go up April 1
Canada's carbon tax comes into effect April 1. (Dariya Baiguzhiyeva/Niagara Now)

It’s not an April Fools’ joke: drivers will see a hike in gas prices starting April 1.

As the federal carbon tax comes into effect Monday, gas prices in Ontario are predicted to go up by 4.42 cents per litre, according to the federal government's rates.

Dan McTeague, GasBuddy's senior analyst, estimated the cost will be higher, about five cents per litre.

“Gas prices are in the midst of their seasonal surge as we begin the switchover from winter to more expensive summer fuel and already average prices have jumped nearly 20 cents per litre, but the bumpy road will be getting worse,” said McTeague in a press release. “It won’t be a summer to remember at the pump thanks to myriad tax increases that will cost Canadians more every fill-up.”

The carbon tax will kick in by charging $20 per tonne of emissions and will rise each year reaching $50 per tonne by 2022.

The tax, increasing the cost of heating fuel, propane, butane and aviation fuel, will also be in force in three other provinces that haven’t developed their own carbon-pricing plan – Manitoba, Saskatchewan and New Brunswick.

The government said the carbon tax plan will cost $244 for the average Ontario household in 2019. A family of four in the province could claim back $307 after filing income tax and benefit return.

For natural gas users, the carbon charge will be 3.9 cents per cubic metre, according to the Enbridge Gas statement. For the average household in Ontario, it is estimated the annual natural gas bill will see an increase by around $94.

Ontario's premier Doug Ford also announced Monday drivers of light-duty passenger vehicles are no longer required to get Drive Clean emissions test as part of the provincial government's plan to save up to $40 million a year.