Investing in Alberta’s future with the carbon levy

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Climate change is the greatest challenge facing us today. We need to take swift, decisive action to address it. Albertans, industry and government all have a part to play in tackling climate change in our province. We all need to be part of the solution.

A price on carbon does just this by putting the onus of improving the health of the environment and Albertans on all of us. It is the most cost-effective way to achieve significant reductions in emissions, and provides an incentive for everyone, from individual households to large industrial emitters, to make choices with emissions in mind.Beginning January 1, 2017, a levy of $20 per tonne will be applied to transportation and heating fuels like diesel, gasoline, natural gas and propane. This translates to 5.35 cents per litre for diesel, 4.49 cents per litre for gasoline, $1.011 per gigajoule for natural gas, and 3.08 cents per litre for propane. There are some exemptions, such as marked gasoline and diesel used by farmers for farming operations.

Impacts of the carbon levy will vary, depending on your household’s energy use and driving patterns. By taking simple steps to reduce household emissions, you will contribute to Alberta’s low greenhouse gas emissions goals. Small actions like installing a low-flow shower head, using a programmable thermostat or carpooling can reduce costs and help you make the most of your rebate. Reducing your consumption also means you will pay less on the carbon levy as time progresses.

Revenue from the carbon levy will be reinvested into Alberta’s economy. It will be used to diversify our economy, create jobs, reduce emissions, and continue to promote greater energy efficiency.

The carbon levy rebate is one way we are reinvesting in Alberta. The rebate provides transitional support to lower- and middle-income Albertans, and helps offset costs associated with the levy. Two-thirds of Albertans will receive a full or partial rebate.

The rebate is tied to income, not energy use, which provides a financial incentive for families to reduce household emissions by allowing you to keep the difference between the rebate and what you spend. You don’t need to apply for the rebate – you only need to be an Alberta resident, file a 2015 tax return and meet the income criteria.

The rebate will provide up to $200 for a single adult, $100 for a spouse, and $30 for each child under 18 in the household (up to a maximum of four children). Single parents can claim the spouse amount for one child, and the child amount for up to four more children.

To learn more about the carbon levy and rebates, visit alberta.ca/climate or call 310-0000.

3 thoughts on “Investing in Alberta’s future with the carbon levy

  1. I strongly oppose the idea of a quick fix up by imposing a carbon tax, this idea and whoever came up wit it the first, time is just a demonstration of unwillingness to do what it takes to shut down what is causing climate change in the first place; trading carbon between polluters and non polluters is as hypocritical as humanity can be.
    it is understandable that situations like this do not change overnight but how can you promote pipelines and further developments in the oil and gas sector and at the same time try to look pretty by implement a carbon tax: Do you know how much pollution will occur from today to 2030 until those coal fired plans will presumably shut down? So what does it take at federal and provincial level to JUST DO IT!
    Sad and done with my comment I strongly oppose the rally that took place in Edmonton just recently against the carbon tax especially when some buffoons chanted words of extreme ignorance toward the premier, she doesn’t deserve this even if she could be more decisive in her climate changes; these individuals are nothing other than scam that’s on the surface of sewer waste and do not deserve any consideration whatsoever.

    • Thank you for your comments.
      Minister Phillips is holding two telephone town halls to provide information on the Climate Leadership Plan and its pillars on December 13th and 14th between 7:00 and 8:15 p.m. It’s an opportunity to speak directly with the minister about your ideas, questions and concerns about the plan. You can find more information, including how to participate, at https://www.alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=449998AA52B2D-9104-A8AF-7087FA082968AB1D. We hope you’ll join one of the town hall sessions.

    • Call people that oppose carbon tax scams or whatever you like but here are some real facts. If manufactures in Alberta that sell abroad have to carry extra costs like carbon tax they will cut Alberta jobs and get parts made in countries that produce more C02 per KW of power consumed. I don’t think that’s very good do you?

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