Environment & Energy Report

Trudeau’s Carbon Tax Set to Take Effect in Industrial Heartland

Dec. 31, 2018, 1:49 PM

Canadians are about to start paying a carbon tax in what is set to be a key political battleground of the 2019 election.

Beginning Jan. 1, Justin Trudeau’s government will start rolling out a “backstop” price on provinces that don’t have their own levies on emissions. That includes Ontario, an industrial heavyweight whose populist premier scrapped an existing plan, setting up a standoff with the Canadian prime minister.

Under Trudeau’s backstop, certain major industries in five provinces will see emissions tracked beginning Jan. 1, 2019, and subject to a yet-to-be-finalized tax; sectors such as cement and steel face easier targets...

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