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Ontario Files Top Court Challenge to Fed. Carbon Tax (Ind Report)
Ontario Carbon Tax
Date: 2019-08-30
Reporting from Queens Park, Ontario Premier Doug Ford's (C) government reports it has filed a challenge with the country's top court against the Canadian Federal government's carbon tax.

The province, Canada's most populous, argues that Ontario's Court of Appeal was wrong to find the carbon price was "constitutional and within the federal government's right to impose." Federal lawyers had argued that the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act -- under which the carbon tax is imposed -- was a legitimate response to potentially catastrophic climate change. (Source: Various Media, Canadian Press, 28 Aug., 2019) Contact: Office of Ontario Premier Doug Ford,

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S. Ont. Commuters Overwhelmingly Support Carbon Tax (Ind. Report)
Ontario Carbon Tax
Date: 2019-04-01
Recently released research from the University of Toronto has found that the vast majority of Toronto area commuters favor the Liberal federal Government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's imposed new carbon tax and tax rebate plan, despite the impending hike in gas prices.

The plan was rolled out by the Canadian Government today, Monday, April 1. In the initial study, 28 pct opposed the pricing plan and 13 pct were undecided. But when told about the rebate aspect of the carbon tax program, the number of Ontarians in the GTHA who actually support the plan rose to an unexpected 70 pct majority. (Source: Univ. of Toronto, Narcity, 29 Mar., 2019)

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Notable Quote from Ontario Premier Doug Ford
Carbon Tax
Date: 2019-01-24
"I'm here today to ring the warning bell that the risk of a carbon tax recession is very, very real. A carbon tax will be a total economic disaster, not only for our province (Ontario) but for our entire country Ccanada). There are already economic warning signs on the horizon." -- Ontario Premier Hon. Doug Ford (C)

The freshman Ontario Premier, not unlike the populist US president Donald Trump, ran a campaign and was elected on promises. Premier Ford promised to cut the price of beer to $1.00 a can and to scrap the preceding Liberal govenment's carbon tax, cap-and-trade system. Contact: Office of Ontario Premier Doug Ford,

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Ontario Premier's New Emissions Targets Expected in a "Very Timely Basis and People Don't Have to Worry about That." (Notable Quote)
Ontario Carbon Tax
Date: 2018-08-08
At Queens Park in Toronto, the freshman government of Conservative populist Premier Doug Ford has tabled legislation -- Bill 4 -- to kill the province's cap-and-trade program and repeal the previous Liberal government's climate change plan. The bill gives the new Ford administration sweeping power to set its own targets and create its own climate plan without debate in the legislature nor to be enshrined in law.

The Ford administration's Cap-and-Trade Cancellation Act -- Bill 4 -- was introduced in late July and made good on one of the new Premier Doug Ford's key campaign promises to end the province's carbon price. Another of the premier's campaign promises was "$1 per can beer", which he has reportedly made good on in an uncanny imitation of the equally inexperienced U.S. freshman president "the Donald" Trump.

Bill 4 requires Environment Minister Hon. Rod Phillips to to set emissions targets without specifying what they should be based on. The bill also calls for Phillips to come up with a climate change plan but doesn't set a deadline for the plan. The Minister is also required to prepare progress reports on the climate change plan on a "regular basis", again without specificity.

It is unclear as to whether the targets will be in line with the internationally agreed Paris Climate Accord targets set in Paris or if and when further details might be revealed.

But not to worry. Again aping Trump, Phillips said the government's climate change plan will come in a "very timely basis and people don't have to worry about that."

"What, Me Worry?" -- Alfred E. Newman of MAD Magazine fame. (Source: Various Media, iPolitics, 7 Aug., 2018) Contact: Environment Minister Hon. Rod Phillips,

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Freshman Premier Scraping Ontario Cap-and-Trade to Lower Gasoline, Beer Prices (Ind.Report)
Carbon Tax
Date: 2018-06-15
At Queens Park, Ontario's freshman Conservative premier Doug Ford reports he will give notice of the province's withdrawal from the linked carbon pricing market with Quebec and California and issue clear rules for an "orderly wind down" of the system. The newly elected premier will also instruct his equally wet-behind the ears attorney general to challenge the Liberal federal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau rules requiring provinces to establish a carbon tax or have a tax imposed on them by the feds.

According to Ford, eliminating the cap-and-trade system will help him deliver on a campaign promise that the electorate doesn't expect him to keep -- cutting retail gasoline prices by roughly 4 cents per litre -- which is apparently more important to him than the roughly $3 billion the carbon tax contributed to the provincial coffers since the system was introduced by the then Liberal government in 2017. And, in a move that rings of Trump political posturing, the new Premier also reportedly promised to lower the price of beer to $1.00 per can in an effort to appeal to his base. (Source: Various Media, Canada Press, 15 June, 2018)

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Ontario NDP Candidate Calls for $150 Tonne Carbon Tax (Ind. Report)
Ontario Carbon Tax
Date: 2018-05-28
In the upcoming June 7 Ontario elections, Ottawa Centre New Democratic Party (NDP) candidate Joel Harden isn't pulling his punches calling for a $150 per tonne carbon tax that will increase gas taxes by 35 cents a litre -- roughly $1.40 per gal. -- a $4,100 in new costs per year for a two-car family.

The NDP platform says that if elected, the government would use 25 pct of cap-and-trade revenue to help low-income earners in northern and rural Ontarians adapt to a lower carbon lifestyle and $50 million to a home efficiency retrofit program.

The Progressive Conservative (PC) party says if elected it would scrap the sittingt LIberal government's existing cap-and-trade program and oppose the federal mandated minimum price on carbon emissions. The province's 2017 vintage cap-and-trade system has to date contributed nearly $2.5 billion to Ontario's coffers. (Source: Various Media, Edmonton Sun, 27 May, 2018) Contact: Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, (416) 235-5743,

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Gore Touts Ontario's "Superior" Cap-and-Trade System (Ind. Report)
Ontario Carbon Tax
Date: 2018-03-12
In his recent Toronto meetings with Liberal Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, former U.S. democratic presidential hopeful, VP and climate change fight pioneer Al Gore praised the province's recently mandated cap-and-trade system as "superior" to a carbon tax in fighting climate change. According to Gore, cap-and-trade lets government work directly with emitters to cut carbon emissions over time.

Ontario's 2017 vintage cap-and-trade system is aimed at lowering greenhouse gas emissions by putting caps on the amount of pollution companies in certain industries can emit. To date, the system has contributed nearly $2.5 billion to Ontario's coffers. (Source: Various Media, Canadaian Press, 8 Mar., 2018) Contact: Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, (416) 235-5743,

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Ontario Joins California, Quebec Joint Carbon Market (Ind. Report)
Carbon Market
Date: 2017-09-27
The Canadian province of Ontario reports it will join Quebec and California and enter its joint carbon cap-and-trade market effective 1st January 2018. The agreement will allow the two provinces and the state of California to use carbon allowances issued by any of the participant Governments interchangeably, and to hold joint carbon auctions.

The initiative is expected to make it easier for participants to find a trading partner to purchase or sell carbon allowances. It will also provide access to lower cost reduction opportunities, which will lower the cost of compliance for the companies in all three states.

California has been holding joint cap-and-trade auctions with Quebec since 2014. Ontario has been running its own cap-and-trade since January 2017, and has completed three sold out auctions. (Source: UN Climate Action, 25 Sept., 2017)

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Thunder Bay Scores $12Mn in Energy Efficiency Funding (Funding)
Thunder Bay,Energy Efficiency
Date: 2017-09-18
The Ontario government has announced more than $12 million in funding for energy efficiency upgrades for the Thunder Bay District Social Services Administration Board (DSSAB) over the next five years. The funding will be used for new energy efficient windows, energy efficient lighting and heating systems at nine

The funding will be drawn from current and future sales of greenhouse gas emission permits under the provincial cap-and-trade system, Approximately 9 DSSAB facilities. Source: DSSAB, CBC News, 15 Sept., 2017) Contact: DSSAB, (807) 766-2111,

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Ont. Cap-and-Trade Auction Sell-Out Raises $472Mn (Ind. Report)
Ontario Cap-and-Trade
Date: 2017-04-07
The province of Ontario reports that its first first auction of greenhouse gas emissions allowances, held March 22, 2017, was a sellout. 25,296,367 current (2017) allowances were sold at a settlement price of $18.08 and 812,000 future (2020) allowances were sold at $18.07 for a total of $472,031,155. The total proceeds will be invested in low-carbon programs and projects that will reduce greenhouse gas pollution and help families and businesses reduce their own emissions through the Climate Change Action Plan.

To date, the province has committed $325 million to the Green Investment Fund to kick-start climate change actions by:

  • Helping homeowners use less energy and reduce energy bills through home retrofits;
  • Supporting more electric vehicle charging stations across Ontario;
  • Retrofitting social housing developments to boost energy efficiency;
  • Helping businesses reduce emissions ;
  • Funding local environmental organizations doing important conservation work ; and
  • Providing Indigenous communities with training, tools and infrastructure to address climate change.

    The auction was administered using services contracted by the Western Climate Initiative (WCI) Inc., with oversight from an independent market monitor to ensure market integrity. (Source: Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change , 3 April, 2017) Contact: Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, (416) 235-5743,

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  • Ontario Landlords Prohibited from Foisting Off Cap-and-Trade Costs to Tenants (Reg & Leg)
    Ontario Cap-and-Trade
    Date: 2017-04-03
    At Queens Park in Toronto, the Ontario Ministry of Housing is proposing regulatory changes under the Residential Tenancies Act(2006) that would prohibit residential landlords from passing a building's carbon costs within natural gas bills to tenants in the form of rental increases.

    As previously reported, Ontario natural gas consumers will pay Cap-and-Trade costs as part of their "distribution" charges on natural gas bills. The Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 permits landlords to apply to the Landlord and Tenant Board for higher than usual -- above guideline -- rent increases where the landlord experiences an extraordinary increase in operating costs (such as utilities).

    Landlords will not, however, be permitted to include the impact of increased natural gas bills arising from Cap-and-Trade costs in a request for above-guideline rent increases. In effect, the landlords will be required to absorb the impacts. (Source: Aird & Berlis LLP, Aird & McBurney LP, BLOG, 27 Mar, 2017)

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    Taxpayers Federation Condemns Ontario Carbon Tax (Ind. Report)
    Canadian Taxpayers Federation
    Date: 2017-01-06
    The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) has warned that Ontario's cap-and-trade carbon pricing system, which entered into force on January 1. According to the CTF, the system will tax "our heat, our commutes, our electricity that many of us are already struggling to afford -- none of this makes sense."

    The cap, which limits how many tonnes of GHG pollution businesses and institutions can emit, will drop each year to encourage lower emissions. Companies must have enough carbon credits to cover their emissions if they exceed the cap. Companies can trade allowances to help them comply or to sell surplus credits. Facilities and natural gas distributors with over 25,000 tpy of greenhouse gas emissions are required to participate in the program. Electric power importers and fuel suppliers that sell more than 200 lpy are included.

    The Ontario Government expects the program to generate approximately $1.9 billion per year which will be invested in projects that cut GHG pollution. (Source: Canadian Taxpayers Federation, Tax News, 3 Jan., 2017)Contact: Canadian Taxpayers Federation, Christine Van Geyn, Ontario Director , (647) 343-4150,,

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