Why is gas cheaper on First Nation reserves?
You may have noticed cheaper gas advertised at stations on First Nations reserves. This is often because on-reserve Native owned businesses are exempt from some taxes. The rules differ across different provinces/territories but this is generally the case. Many First Nation gas stations will pass these tax-savings on to customers. Offering lower prices at the pumps to both status and non-status customers.
Additionally in most provinces those with a Status Card are entitled to even cheaper gas. With a status card gas purchased for personal use, on-reserve is tax-exempt. Some provinces/territories have different rules. You can checkout our province specific pages for more details.
Do indigenous people get free gas?
Nope! Although this is a common belief in some circles (for example) Indigenous people do not get free gas. Certain tax-exemptions do exist in some provinces for those with a status card. Which is most likely where this rumour originated.
Do indigenous people pay taxes on gas?
The answer is sometimes. In most provinces gas for those with a status card is tax-exempt. As long as it is purchased for personal use, from an on-reserve gas station. Gas purchased off reserve is not tax-exempt.
Can anyone buy gas on First Nations?
Yes! Even without a status card you can still buy gas/diesel and tobacco at First Nation gas stations. You wouldn't receive the tax-exemption, but in some cases you'll still end up paying a cheaper price. Many First Nation gas stations are promoting their businesses. Attempting to bring in more off-reserve customers. Also more and more stations are opening up on Urban Reserves. These are often found in more urban areas and serve both status and non-status customers. These gas stations help provide employment and economic growth for the First Nation.
How do I find a First Nations gas station?
It's not always easy. Some stations are clearly signed as a First Nation gas station, but many aren't. Not only do many look like all the other Petro-Canada or Shell stations. Many are also in more rural/remote locations and if you don't know they are there you won't find them. The best way to find a First Nation gas station is to use our search tool. This lets you search for stations near a location, or by name. You'll be able to find information about the station, get directions right on your phone or computer and much more.