March 6, 2017 – House of Commons, Ottawa
On March 6, I was pleased to rise in the House to discuss the importance of carbon pollution pricing. It is the most efficient way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reach our objective to protect the environment and create a clean-growth economy. For this reason, it is a key part of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.
Click here to view my speech on pricing carbon pollution in the House of Commons from March 6th, 2017
October 3, 2016 – Montréal, Quebec – Environment and Climate Change Canada
The Government of Canada knows that a sustainable, clean growth economy is necessary for our collective health, prosperity, and security. Canada is committed to creating a cleaner, more innovative economy that reduces emissions and protects our environment, while creating well-paying jobs for the middle class and those working hard to join it.
That is why the Government of Canada today proposed its pan-Canadian approach to pricing carbon pollution. Under the new plan, all Canadian jurisdictions will have carbon pricing in place by 2018.
In order to accomplish this, Canada will set a benchmark for pricing carbon emissions—set at a level that will help Canada meet its greenhouse gas emission targets, while providing greater certainty and predictability to Canadian businesses.
Provinces and territories will have flexibility in deciding how they implement carbon pricing: they can put a direct price on carbon pollution or they can adopt a cap-and-trade system.
Pricing carbon pollution will give Canada an edge in building a clean-growth economy; it will make Canadian businesses more competitive; it will bring new and exciting job prospects for middle class Canadians; and it will reduce the pollution that threatens our clean air and oceans.
Our government understands that the economy and the environment go hand in hand. That is why we must take action on carbon pollution now—to strengthen the middle class today and preserve our planet for posterity.
“I have heard from Canadians from across our country, and their message is clear: climate change is one of the defining issues of this century and they expect their governments to lead the way and take action. To make sure the next 50 years are better than the last 50 years, we need to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and transition to a low-carbon economy that works for everyone—especially the middle class and those working hard to join it.
“Pricing pollution is one of the most efficient ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to stimulate innovation. Already 80 percent of Canadians live in a province where there is pollution pricing. We want to continue this trend and cover the final 20 percent.
“We are standing at the threshold of an incredible opportunity to build a strong and clean economy, one that will protect our environment and create opportunities for middle class families today and in the generations to come.”
– Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change
|BC||Tax reductions to make carbon tax revenue neutral.
The BC Minister of Finance is required by law to annually prepare a three-year plan for recycling carbon tax revenues through tax reductions. This plan is presented to the Legislative Assembly at the same time as the provincial Budget. The Revenue Neutral Carbon Tax Plan and Report presented in Balanced Budget 2014 shows the tax reductions that return carbon tax revenues to individuals and businesses.
|AB||(1) For Levy on fuels: Over the next 5 years, the levy is expected to raise $9.6 billion, all of which will be reinvested in the economy and rebated to Albertans.
$6.2 billion will help diversify our energy industry and create new jobs:
· $3.4 billion for large scale renewable energy, bioenergy and technology
· $2.2 billion for green infrastructure like transit
· $645 million for Energy Efficiency Alberta, a new provincial agency that will support energy efficiency programs and services for homes and businesses
$3.4 billion will help households, businesses and communities adjust to the carbon levy:
· $2.3 billion for carbon rebates to help low- and middle-income families
· $865 million to pay for a cut in the small business tax rate from 3% to 2%
· $195 million to assist coal communities, Indigenous communities and others with adjustment
(2) For Large Industrial Emitters program: it will continue to be subject to the SGER framework until the end of 2017, when the province will transition to product and sector-based performance standards. Further details will be available after industry consultations.
One of the ways facilities can comply is by contributing to Alberta’s Climate Change and Emissions Management Fund (Fund). Facilities that contribute to the Fund pay $20 for every tonne over their reduction target. The price changes to $30 as of Jan 1, 2017.
|ON||By law, revenue is spent according to Ontario’s 5-year Climate Action Plan: https://www.ontario.ca/page/climate-change-action-plan
This includes initiatives to cut greenhouse gases, including investments in public transit, clean technology and retrofitting homes and businesses to be more energy efficient.
|QC||Revenues go into the Green Fund and are reinvested according to Provincial climate action plans (current is 2013-2020). This includes multiple programs, including green technologies, sustainable mobility, energy efficiency and adaptation to the impacts of climate change.
You can see programs here.
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