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Pollution Pricing and Rebates

 

Pollution Pricing in Alberta

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney cancelled Alberta’s price on pollution. He wants to make pollution free again, while also taking away cash rebates.

Canada’s Liberal government will step in as fast as possible, implementing much larger cash rebates for every Albertan starting in 2020 – with all the money staying inside Alberta.

With our rebates, 8 out of 10 families will get back more cash than they pay.

About pollution pricing and rebates

Climate change is real, and we need take action. Any credible climate plan includes a price on pollution. Economists, Nobel Laureates, major oil companies like Shell and Cenovus, and even former Conservative leaders agree.

Our Liberal pollution pricing plan includes:

  1. The extra money paid on the energy you use, like gasoline and heating. The less you use, the less you pay, which provides the incentive to choose more energy efficient options.
  2. The cash rebates for every Albertan. For example, in 2020 the rebate will be $888 for a family of four, putting cash in your pocket every year. It’s a standard amount based on the number of people in your household.

Only 2 out of 10 people – the biggest energy consumers – will spend more than they get back. That was confirmed by the independent Parliamentary Budget Officer.

By combining pollution pricing with rebates, our plan reduces pollution while also saving money for middle-class Canadians.

Money collected in Alberta will stay in Alberta

Canada is not alone

Worldwide, 46 national and 24 sub-national jurisdictions are already putting a price on pollution. And this year, an unprecedented 3,500 economists from across the political spectrum came out to say the USA should do the same, noting that it’s “the most cost-effective lever to reduce carbon emissions at the scale and speed that is necessary.”

Albertans want to do our part

From floods to wildfires, we are all too aware of the dangerous effects of climate change, and the need to take action for a cleaner environment.

I think that’s why a new poll shows most Canadians agree with putting a price on pollution – including a majority of self-identified conservatives in Alberta.

Every Albertan gets a rebate

Every Alberta will receive a rebate. The amount is based only on the number of people in your household.

For example, a family of four will receive $888 in 2020. The rebate amounts for all other household sizes (including single individuals), will be released soon.

Timing

Pollution pricing will go into effect on January 1, 2020.

The rebates are given every year when you file your taxes.

You will receive the first rebate when you file your 2019 taxes (i.e. in April 2020). The first rebate covers the period from January 1 2020 through to March 31 2021.

Canada’s climate action plan

Pollution pricing and rebates are one part. We’re also:


 Graphics by Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission

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