New carbon tax plan would pay dividends back to Peterborough families

February 22, 2019

The province has cancelled the previous government’s carbon pricing program, cap and trade.

As a result, Ontario will become subject to the backstop measures of Ottawa’s Pan Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. That plan includes a price on carbon pollution, with rebates to individuals.

But our provincial government intends to fight this move in court, based on a position that depends on the public not understanding what is happening. This article attempts to explain how the Canadian backstop plan will work.

The Pan Canadian Framework plan calls for a price on carbon pollution of $20 per tonne in 2019, rising predictably to $50 per tonne in 2022. This is equivalent to about four cents a litre on gas at the pump this year, rising to about 10 cents in 2022. Ninety per cent of the fees collected will be refunded equally to residents. The remaining 10 per cent will help municipalities, hospitals, schools, universities, small and medium businesses, and Indigenous communities.

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