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25 October 2018

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Canadian Government Announced Next Steps in Climate Change Plan

On 23 October 2018, the Canadian Government announced the next steps in its climate change plan, which includes ensuring that there is a price on carbon pollution across Canada in 2019 and implementing a fuel charge in provinces/territories that do not have systems meeting a federal standard, or in those that voluntarily adopt it (the backup system). To date, the following provinces/territories have developed their own system: Alberta, British Columbia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Quebec.

With respect to the other provinces/territories, the federal backup system will be implemented in 2019, which includes the fuel charge and the output-based pricing system (OBPS) for emissions-intensive trade-exposed industries. In Ontario, New Brunswick, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan, the OBPS will take effect in January 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 1 July 2019.

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