Unceded Algonquin Anishinaabe Territories [OTTAWA] (April 1, 2019) – Today Canada achieves a milestone in climate action: every region in the country will now contribute to putting a cost on carbon pollution – a necessary step in cutting Canadian emissions. The days of polluters getting a free ride are over.
It pays to protect our climate. Thousands of people across the country have already participated in Carbon Pricing Day festivities with the money they’ve received from putting a price on pollution. By claiming the climate action incentive payment on their tax returns, Canadians can see the revenue generated by a Canadian carbon price being returned to them and their families.
Making it costly to pollute spurs industry innovation and encourages businesses and people to make less costly, less polluting choices. Provinces like British Columbia and Quebec have already proven that pricing pollution can lock-in economic success, and today, all provinces can join them.*
Falling on a day of fine and longstanding tradition, this April 1 holiday delivers a mixed bag of excited and anticlimactic feelings. It turns out carbon pricing is pretty run-of-the-mill, with 74 jurisdictions around the world already pricing pollution. And carbon pricing alone can’t deliver the transformational party we need. Canada has a lot more work to do if we’re going to stick to our Paris Agreement promise and finally fulfil an emissions reduction goal – and that work will have to include a serious conversation about ramping down our oil and gas production. But at the end of it all, today is a wonderful opportunity get everyone together and remind us all about the importance of collective action on climate change!
CONTACT: Catherine Abreu, Executive Director, Climate Action Network Canada is available for comment on carbon pricing in Canada. Call +1 902 412 8953, email firstname.lastname@example.org
*BC led all of North America by adopting an economy-wide, phased-in, revenue neutral carbon price in 2008. In the past decade, the province has experienced some of the strongest economic growth in the country while seeing emissions fall. QC has priced carbon through an economy-wide cap-and-trade market since 2011 and this year, using revenues from that program, the province was able to allocate $1.3 billion to cutting carbon emissions. Meanwhile, the province’s emissions have fallen 9% between 1990 and 2018.
Photo: CP/Nathan Denette