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What does the federal carbon tax mean for your business?

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We’ve heard loud and clear from Manitoba business owners like you that protecting the environment is important, but a carbon tax will negatively impact on your business’ bottom line and competitiveness. 

On October 3rd, 2018, Premier Brian Pallister announced that Manitoba will not move forward with the Made-in-Manitoba carbon tax plan. However, the federal government announced a carbon pricing backstop plan for Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario and New Brunswick, beginning in 2019. 

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Manitoba Carbon Tax Cost Calculator for Federal Carbon Pricing Backstop Plan - Gasonline

What is the federal plan?

Starting in April 2019, provinces under the federal plan will have a carbon tax of $20 per tonne of CO2 emissions, which will increase by $10 every year to $50 per tonne by 2022. These taxes will be applied to combustible fuels such as gasoline, diesel, natural gas and propane. Large emitters, such as big manufacturers, mining and the oil and gas sector, have a separate carbon pricing plan entirely and some will have their rules eased so they are allowed to emit more CO2

Where is the money going?

Of the carbon tax revenues collected, 90% will be rebated to consumers, regardless of their individual emissions. Just 10% of revenues will be used to fund programs and additional relief measures for small businesses and other groups including universities, hospitals, schools and municipalities. 

The federal government expects most small businesses to simply pass the costs onto customers. However, new CFIB research shows that nearly 80% of Manitoba businesses will be able to pass along only 25% or less of carbon tax costs to their customers.

We are worried that this plan will increase your costs and put your business’ competitiveness as risk, especially if you export.

What is CFIB doing about this?

Read CFIB's efforts to fight carbon taxes in Manitoba
  • November, 2018: CFIB met with the Manitoba’s Minister of Finance, Scott Fielding about the federal carbon tax plan and Canada Pension Plan increases to raise your concerns.
  • November, 2018: CFIB calls on the Premiers in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and New Brunswick to oppose the carbon tax and CPP premium increases and launches a new Action Alert: Help! My business can’t afford TWO more federal tax hikes in 2019!
  • October, 2018: Premier Brian Pallister listens to CFIB and announced Manitoba would not be proceeding with the Made-in-Manitoba carbon tax plan.
  • 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 official 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 surveyed Manitoba business owners regarding your views on carbon taxes. The majority (62%) opposed 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).
     

Join the fight:

You can raise your concerns about the federal carbon tax plan by signing CFIB's new Action Alert.

Other ways to help the environment:

We know that small businesses support measures that protect the environment and many of you have already taken actions to become more environmentally-friendly. 

While many can’t afford to take on big environmental projects or renovations, there are many creative and low-cost ways to go green. Learn more about how your business can become more environmentally-friendly and save money at the same time!

CFIB Pre-budget Meeting with Manitoba's Finance Minister Scott Fielding, November 2018

CFIB (Marilyn Braun-Pollon, Vice-President, Prairies and Agri-Business; Dan Kelly, CEO; Jonathan Alward, Director of Provincial Affairs) thanks Finance Minister, Scott Fielding, for opposing carbon taxes, November 2018.

Manitobans Against Carbon Taxes Coalition Launch Winnipeg Manitoba Legislature July 2017

The Manitobans Against Carbon Taxes coalition launches at the Manitoba Legislature, July 2017.