Submission by Ecology Action Centre to the Government of Canada’s climate portal
PRICING CARBON IN NOVA SCOTIA
Nova Scotia has made significant progress addressing carbon pollution using a regulatory approach. It is clear, however,that the federal government remains committed to securing a national approach to carbon pricing, and that – with provinces representing almost 90% of the population committed to some form of carbon pricing – it is quickly becoming the Canadian norm.
The Ecology Action Centre (EAC) believes this is the moment for Nova Scotia to design a carbon pricing system tailored to our province’s unique circumstances and needs. We are working to ensure that Nova Scotia chooses to lead on carbon pricing rather than being lead as other provinces across the country develop carbon taxes and cap and trade
Ecology Action Centre has led several initiatives to bring together a diverse range of leaders from Nova Scotia’s business, civil society, First Nations, and academic communities to discuss what a made-in-Nova Scotia approach to carbon pricing might look like. We offer two outcomes of those initiatives to inform conversations between the provincial and federal government on this issue.
- An open letter from labour, anti-poverty, fair economy, and environmental advocates that puts forward five agreed upon principles for a made-in-Nova Scotia carbon pricing system.
- The Synthesis Report from a Forum on Options for Carbon Pricing in Nova Scotia, hosted by EAC and attended by over 30 thought leaders from the province’s indigenous, business, academic, and civil society communities.