Canadians know there is a cost to pollution. We’re seeing it first hand in devastating wildfires, flooding, droughts and extreme heat. The 2014 flooding in southern Manitoba and Saskatchewan caused $112 million in damage. We also pay the costs in increased health problems like asthma and chronic lung and heart disease.
We’ve been clear that there needs to be a fair price on pollution across Canada. Carbon pricing is a central component of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, which was adopted on December 9, 2016. Carbon pricing is an efficient way to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at the lowest cost to businesses and consumers, while stimulating innovation and clean growth.
Pricing pollution works. In 2017, the four provinces with a price on pollution (BC, AB, ON, QC) had the fastest growing economies in Canada.
Here are the key details of our plan:
- all revenues will stay in the province
- 90% will go directly to families through a Climate Action Incentive
- 10% will go to schools, hospitals, Indigenous peoples, universities and colleges, communities, and small and medium-sized businesses to invest in energy efficiency
- Manitoba’s price on pollution comes into effect in April 2019.
- The Climate Action Incentive will be delivered annually to Manitoba families beginning right away in 2019 when they file their tax returns.
Climate Action Incentive
- A family of four in Manitoba will receive $339 through the Climate Action Incentive in 2019.
- That’s more than the increase they will see in energy costs.
- The Climate Action Incentive will go up every year to match a rising price on pollution. In 2022, a Manitoba family of four will receive over $800.
Rural and remote communities
- Families in rural and small communities will get a 10% supplement because they are more limited in their clean transportation options.
- Exemptions to the price on pollution include gasoline and diesel used on farms and in fishing operations.
- Also exempted is diesel used to generate electricity in remote communities.
- A partial exemption will apply to natural gas and propane used in greenhouse operations.
- Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change
- Putting a price on pollution: how it will work
- News Release: Government of Canada fighting climate change with price on pollution
- Manitoba and pollution pricing
- Backgrounder: Fuel Charge Rates