carbon tax rebate 2020

Here's a list of the new 2020 carbon tax rebates in Canada by province

The carbon tax rebate amounts in Canada for 2020 have been modified by the federal government, decreasing the incentive rebate available for residents in some provinces.

The change comes after certain provinces did not abide by Ottawa's existing carbon pricing model, which calls for added tax on carbon products to encourage Canadians to live greener.

As of earlier this year, 97 per cent of eligible families in Canada participate in the program, according to data from the Canada Revenue Agency.

The provinces that will see reductions in rebates in 2020 — though they aren't anything too dramatic — are Saskatchewan, Ontario, Manitoba and Alberta (whose economy the carbon tax has not actually damaged, for the record).

The rest of the provinces' incentives will remain the same.

The new carbon tax rates in Canada for 2020 are as follows.

Saskatchewan
  • Single adult or first adult in a couple: $405
  • Second adult in a couple or first child of a single parent: $202
  • Child under 18: $101
  • Baseline amount for a family of four: $809, down from a projected $903
Ontario
  • Single adult/first adult in couple: $224
  • Second adult in couple/first child of single parent: $112
  • Child: $56
  • Family of four: $448, down from $451
Manitoba
  • Single adult/first adult in couple: $243
  • Second adult in couple/first child of single parent: $121
  • Child: $61
  • Family of four: $486, down from $499
Alberta
  • Single adult/first adult in couple: $444
  • Second adult in couple/first child of single parent: $222
  • Child: $111
  • Family of four: $888

Canadians who live in small and/or rural communities get an additional 10 per cent added to their baseline rebate due to the fact that more eco-friendly transportation options aren't as easily accessible in these areas.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's continued pledge to take more climate action means that the tax of $20 per tonne of carbon emissions in Canada in 2020 is rising to $30 for 2021.

The tax is something that anti-environment Progressive Conservatives like Ontario Premier Doug Ford have openly mocked in the past.

The government also notes in their statement on the matter that it expects the effects of climate change to cost the country's economy $5 billion per year by 2020.

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Jeremy Gilbert


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