* Originally published in The Lance on March 27, 2019 *
One of the most practical and affordable ways to cut greenhouse gas emissions and fight climate change is putting a price on carbon pollution. Countries and states all over the world are pricing pollution – such as the European Union, China and California. Real-world experience confirms that putting a price on pollution works.
Pricing pollution is an environmental measure. We’re taking this approach to encourage businesses and people to save money by polluting less. And when there’s a price in place, this spurs clean innovation and a makes way for the jobs of the future that our kids and grandkids will need.
We know pollution has a cost, and we don’t want to pass that cost on to our kids and grandkids.
We’ve been very clear since the beginning that revenues will be going back to the provinces and territories they came from. All direct proceeds collected in Manitoba under our system will stay in Manitoba.
Our government will not keep a dollar of the revenues from pricing pollution.
Revenues will be returned directly to Manitobans primarily through the tax-free Climate Action Incentive rebate. Every household in Manitoba will get a Climate Action Incentive when they file their taxes this year. A supplement will be provided to residents of small and rural communities. Support will also be provided to hospitals, schools, small and medium-sized businesses, colleges and universities, Indigenous communities, among others.
The Climate Action Incentive rebate will leave 8 out of 10 Manitoba families better off.
Pricing pollution is only one piece of our plan. A plan that is phasing out coal, protecting our oceans, making historic investments in renewable energy and public transit, and supporting clean solutions by entrepreneurs. A plan that is moving us towards the economy of the future.
For more information on eligibility and on how to claim the Climate Action Incentive rebate, please contact my office at 204-983-3183.