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Government of Canada fighting climate change with price on pollution

Staff Writer |
Canadians are seeing the costs of climate change first hand, from wildfires in the west to floods in the east, smoke that makes the air unsafe to breathe and heatwaves that endanger the young and the elderly.

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The Government of Canada has a plan that protects the environment while growing the economy, and that plan is working – our emissions are down and the economy has grown by 500,000 full-time jobs. But we know we need to do more.

The Government of Canada worked with provinces and territories for two years, giving them the flexibility to design their own climate plans that included putting a price on carbon pollution.

A price on pollution gives people the incentive to make cleaner choices and gives businesses incentives to find clean solutions.

Alberta, British Columbia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Prince Edward Island, Quebec and Yukon have stepped up and shown leadership, either by developing their own systems or choosing to adopt the federal pollution pricing system. Other provinces have not recognized the cost of pollution.

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced that there will be a federal system in place in Ontario, New Brunswick, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan in 2019.

This is the next step in the government's plan to protect the environment and grow the economy.

Any direct proceeds collected will go directly back to people in these provinces.

Households will receive a Climate Action Incentive, which will give most families more than they pay under the new system.

Funds will also be given to the provinces' cities, schools, hospitals, businesses, and Indigenous communities to, for example, help them become more energy efficient and reduce emissions, helping Canadians save even more money, and improve our local economies.

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