๐Ÿ’ต Keep The Cash, Care for Climate: Canada Carbon Rebates Being Paid Next Month

Monday, 01 April 2024 08:00.AM

Canadians expect their governments to take action on climate change and address affordability concerns. Putting a price on carbon while sending rebates to Canadians is the most cost-effective way to fight climate change. Affordability is front and centre in this system, which puts money into the bank accounts of Canadian families. The Canada Carbon Rebate is made possible because we put a price on pollution. The vast majority of Canadians receive more money back through the rebate than they pay into the systemโ€”because big polluters pay the most.

In the eight provinces where the federal fuel charge applies, the Canada Carbon Rebate ensures that eight out of 10 families receive more money back than they pay in pollution pricing. Canadians across the country are already facing the effects of climate change, including more frequent severe weather, droughts, damage to critical infrastructure, and rising food costs due to impacts on crops. Without strong action, the effects of climate change will continue to accelerate, costing Canadians more with every passing year.

Today, the federal government is announcing that eligible Canadians will receive their first of four quarterly Canada Carbon Rebates for 2024โ€“2025, starting on April 15 via direct bank deposit or cheque. The rebates build upon the government's robust support for the middle class, including measures such as $10-a-day childcare, the Canada Child Benefit, the Grocery Rebate, the Canada Dental Benefit, and our middle-class tax cuts, which are benefitting millions of hard-working Canadians by raising to $15,000 the basic personal amount that Canadians can earn before paying tax.

This year, a family of four can expect to receive the following Canada Carbon Rebate amounts:

โ€ข $1,800 in Alberta
โ€ข $1,200 in Manitoba
โ€ข $1,120 in Ontario
โ€ข $1,504 in Saskatchewan
โ€ข $760 in New Brunswick
โ€ข $824 in Nova Scotia
โ€ข $880 in Prince Edward Island
โ€ข $1,192 in Newfoundland and Labrador

In recognition of rural Canadians' higher energy needs and their more limited access to cleaner transportation options, the government has introduced legislation that would double the existing rural supplement from 10 percent to 20 percent of the base Canada Carbon Rebate amount. Implementing the increased rural supplement can only happen once Bill C-59, the Fall Economic Statement Implementation Act, 2023, receives Royal Assent.

Canada's approach to pricing pollution is working. Estimates show that pollution pricing will contribute about a third of the total reductions in emissions that will occur between now and 2030. Pollution pricing is one part of a comprehensive plan to lower emissions in Canada by 40 percent below 2005 levels by 2030 and achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. By providing incentives for emissions reductions and returning the majority of proceeds directly to Canadians, the Canada Carbon Rebate underscores the government's dedication to fostering a greener, more sustainable, and more prosperous future for all Canadians.

"The Canada Carbon Rebate underscores our commitment to combat climate change while providing tangible support to Canadian households. The upcoming quarterly payments will help with cost-of-living challenges, especially for modest income Canadians, while providing a financial incentive for everyone to find ways to be more environmentally friendly. Through initiatives like the Canada Carbon Rebate, we are building a path to a cleaner, more affordable, and sustainable future for all Canadians."
โ€“ The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Quick facts

โ€ข Each year, Canada Carbon Rebate amounts are adjusted in line with the price on carbon, ensuring the rebate continues to reflect the expected revenue in each province and returns the majority of proceeds directly to Canadians.
The Canada Carbon Rebate amounts also reflect the proposed doubling of the rural supplement from 10 percent to 20 percent, which would be delivered following Royal Assent of Bill C-59.
โ€ข The first of four quarterly Canada Carbon Rebate payments will be issued starting in April 2024, with subsequent quarterly payments delivered in July 2024, October 2024, and January 2025.
โ€ข To receive your Canada Carbon Rebate on April 15, 2024, you and your spouse or common-law partner (if applicable), must have electronically filed your income tax and benefit return on or before March 15, 2024. If your tax returns are filed after this date, your payment will be included in a subsequent payment after your return is assessed.
โ€ข The Canadian Climate Institute estimates the expected costs of climate change to mount to $25 billion from Canada's gross domestic product by 2025.
Modelling from Environment and Climate Change Canada shows that Canada's emissions in 2021 (the second year that the national minimum price on carbon pollution was in effect in Canada) would have been approximately 18 MT higher in the absence of Canada's carbon pricing plan.
โ€ข This year's Canada Carbon Rebate amounts reflect the temporary pause of the fuel charge on deliveries of home heating oil that came into effect on November 9, 2023. In Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labradorโ€”where households more often rely on expensive home heating oilโ€”rebate amounts have been adjusted to reflect expected fuel charge proceeds in 2024โ€“2025, compared to 2023โ€“2024. In all other provinces where the federal fuel charge applies (Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, and New Brunswick), Canada Carbon Rebate amounts have increased.

SOURCE: Environment and Climate Change Canada

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