Manitoba businesses remain opposed to carbon taxes:
We know you care about protecting the environment, and are working to implement environmentally-friendly measures in your business. However, the Manitoba government must ensure policies aimed at reducing carbon emissions do not prevent you from being able to grow your business and create jobs.
Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan:
On October 3, 2016, the federal government announced the basic framework for the Pan-Canadian Approach to Pricing Carbon Pollution, which requires each provincial government to adopt a carbon price plan in 2018.
In response, the Manitoba government released its Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan draft on October 27, 2017, and is going through its consultation process. The proposed Plan includes a flat carbon tax of $25 per tonne of CO2 emissions from 2018 to 2022. In contrast, proposed carbon tax plans in Saskatchewan and New Brunswick do not impose new taxation on residents or businesses. Importantly, Manitoba`s proposed plan offers no direct tax relief for small businesses and CFIB has raised this concern and others with the Minister of Sustainable Development.
Manitoba’s business owners oppose the introduction of a carbon tax. That’s why CFIB is working hard to raise concerns about the impact of these cost increases on competitiveness, and the effectiveness of the policy. In particular, we are concerned Manitoba's proposed plan offers no direct tax relief for small businesses and raised these serious concerns directly with the Minister of Sustainable Development.
Instead, we recommended the Manitoba government should focus on the following:
- Improving participation and access to existing government policies and resources to reduce Manitoba’s environmental impact;
- Educating small business owners on existing energy efficiency measures and associated costs savings, and evolving best practices to help them reduce their environmental footprint.
However, if the government determines it must proceed with a carbon tax, Manitoba should focus on:
- Any carbon tax must be fully revenue neutral: all funding must be returned to taxpayers through tax reductions;
- Small businesses must be a pillar priority for this tax relief, with initiatives including:
- Reducing the PST burden,
- Reducing personal income taxes, and
- Reducing payroll taxes;
- Limit the regulatory burden under the Plan, and streamline program delivery and regulatory compliance to improve access to programs, program uptake, and understanding of rules;
- Ensure any revenues collected under the Plan are fully transparent and annually released, as outlined in the proposed Plan;
- Resist calls to proceed with a carbon tax after five years, if the Plan is not effective.
What have we been doing to raise your concerns?
- January, 2018: CFIB met with the Minister of Sustainable Development, Rochelle Squires, to raise your concerns.
- December, 2017: CFIB submitted Small business owners’ views of “A Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan – Hearing from Manitobans.”
- November, 2017: CFIB attended a Climate and Green Plan consultation meeting to share your ongoing concerns with the introduction of a carbon tax.
- October, 2017: Manitoba released the Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan and launched a public consultation. The proposed Plan includes a flat carbon tax of $25 per tonne of CO2 emissions from 2018 until 2022.
- October, 2017: Manitoba released findings of legal opinion on carbon pricing.
- July, 2017: CFIB joined the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF), the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association and AxeTheCarbonTax.ca to form the Manitobans Against Carbon Taxes Coalition to fight the proposed carbon dioxide emissions tax plans being developed by the federal and Manitoba governments. The Coalition also unveiled a province-wide advertising campaign opposing carbon taxes.
- June, 2017: CFIB launched an aggressive campaign to oppose carbon taxes in Manitoba with a new Action Alert: Stand up for Manitoba and oppose carbon taxes!
- April, 2017: For the second time, CFIB met a senior officials with the Manitoba government to reiterate your concerns about costly carbon taxes in Manitoba.
- March, 2017: CFIB submitted Small business owners’ views on Manitoba`s Climate and Green Plan.
- March, 2017: The Manitoba government launched its consultation on Manitoba’s Climate and Green Plan.
- November, 2016: CFIB conducted its 2018 Manitoba pre-budget survey, which included a question about your views on carbon taxes. The majority (62%) of you told us you oppose the implementation of a price on carbon or a carbon tax in Manitoba.
- October, 2016: After the federal government announced its Pan-Canadian Approach to Pricing and Carbon Pollution, CFIB met with the Manitoba government to present your serious concerns about the province’s carbon tax plans.
- August, 2016: CFIB conducted the National Environment Survey to determine your views and concerns on the environment and carbon pricing policies. The survey received 5,982 responses from Canadian business owners (218 responses from Manitoba business owners).
Tell us how your business will be impacted:
Please call CFIB today to share your concerns about how a costly carbon tax will impact your business, so we can raise them with the government.