For immediate release
October 23, 2018
Saskatchewan is seeing the costs of climate change firsthand with the increasing frequency and severity of damaging weather cycles – from floods and wildfires, to harvest conditions that leave valuable crops wasting in the field. We need to act now to fight back against climate change, for our children and grandchildren.
The Government of Canada has a plan that protects the environment while growing the economy, and that plan is working – so far, our emissions are down and the economy has grown by over 500,000 full-time jobs across the country. But we know we need to do more.
A price on pollution gives people the incentive to make cleaner choices and gives businesses incentives to find clean solutions. Over the last two years, Canada’s provinces and territories have had the flexibility to design their own climate plans.
Today, the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and Member of Parliament for Regina-Wascana, announced that a new joint federal-provincial system will take effect in 2019, comprised of the Government of Saskatchewan’s new carbon price, which covers certain heavy emitters in the province, and a federal component that will cover the others. This joint pollution pricing system is the next step in Canada’s plan to protect the environment and grow the economy.
Revenues collected remain in Saskatchewan. Households will receive a Climate Action Incentive, which will give most families more than they pay under the new system. On average, that means $609 per year for the average Saskatchewan family, tax-free. Funds will also be given to Saskatchewan’s schools, hospitals, businesses, and Indigenous communities to help them become more energy efficient, helping us save even more money, and improve our local economies.
People know pollution isn’t free. And they know that pollution doesn’t have boundaries. Old or young, rich or poor, urban or rural, we are all in this together. Applying practical solutions today will give all Canadians more economic opportunities and a safer and more prosperous future.
“The effects of climate change are everywhere, and they are a constant reminder of the need to act now. While climate change is the biggest challenge of this generation, it also provides the opportunity to do better while growing the economy. We are investing in Canadian companies that are on the forefront of clean technologies, and are working with provinces, territories, and municipalities to provide Canadians with more clean energy options. Protecting the environment is a responsibility we all share. That is why we are taking action to promote clean energy and growth in Canada. Together, and only together, we can make a real difference for our planet’s future.”
—The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
“The most obvious impact of Climate Change in Saskatchewan is the increasing frequency and severity of damaging weather cycles, including storms and floods, droughts and wildfires, and harvest conditions that leave valuable crops wasting in the field. The costs in just the last few years have added up to hundreds of millions of dollars. So doing nothing about Climate Change is not cost-free. By putting a price on pollution, we can start avoiding those costs, with an incentive to reduce pollution and increase disposable incomes. All the money and all the benefits remain in Saskatchewan – in the pockets of families, municipalities, schools, hospitals, farmers and small businesses. The economy will grow and pollution will go down.”
—The Hon. Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and Member of Parliament for Regina-Wascana
- The three provinces that already have carbon pollution pricing systems – British Columbia, Alberta, and Quebec – were also among the top performers in GDP growth across Canada in 2017.
- According to the World Bank, 70 jurisdictions – representing about half of the global economy – are putting a price on carbon pollution.
- Investing in the clean economy presents an enormous economic opportunity. According to the Global Commission on the Economy and the Climate, the clean economy is expected to grow to $26 trillion and create 65 million jobs worldwide by 2030.
- Climate change has already had financial impacts on Canada, and these costs will only continue to grow. In 2016, it was estimated that larger and more intense weather events will cost the federal Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements program around $902 million each year. The health costs of extreme weather are estimated to be over $1.6 billion a year.
- The cost of property damages from climate change averaged $405 million per year between 1983 and 2008, but have risen dramatically to $1.8 billion a year since 2009. That number is expected to grow as high as $43 billion by 2050.
- Since 2015, the Government of Canada has invested more than $9 billion in public transit for more than 1200 projects across Canada.
- The federal carbon pollution pricing system has two components: the fuel charge and the output-based pricing system (OBPS) for emissions-intensive trade-exposed industries. In the provinces in which the backstop applies, the OBPS will take effect on January 1, 2019, and the fuel charge will take effect in April 2019. In Nunavut and Yukon, both components of the backstop will come into effect no later than July 1, 2019, at the same time as Northwest Territories’ price on carbon pollution.
- To address high costs of living and energy, a full exemption from carbon pollution pricing will be granted to diesel-fired electricity generation in remote communities, and for aviation fuel in the territories.
- We will continue to work with Atlantic provinces to advance an interconnected and efficient clean electricity grid to support growth in the region.
- Alberta’s Pollution Pricing System
- British Columbia’s Pollution Pricing System
- Manitoba’s Pollution Pricing System
- New Brunswick’s Pollution Pricing System
- Newfoundland and Labrador’s Pollution Pricing System
- Northwest Territories’ Pollution Pricing System
- Nova Scotia’s Pollution Pricing System
- Nunavut’s Pollution Pricing System
- Ontario’s Pollution Pricing System
- Prince Edward Island’s Pollution Pricing System
- Quebec’s Pollution Pricing System
- Saskatchewan’s Pollution Pricing System
- Yukon’s Pollution Pricing System
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Senior Communications Advisor
Office of Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale