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Keep the cash, care for climate: Canada Carbon Rebates being paid next month

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 system—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 2024–2025, 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:

  • $1,800 in Alberta
  • $1,200 in Manitoba
  • $1,120 in Ontario
  • $1,504 in Saskatchewan
  • $760 in New Brunswick
  • $824 in Nova Scotia
  • $880 in Prince Edward Island
  • $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.

Tony Van Bynen

Member of Parliament for
Newmarket—Aurora

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