Since the initiative was first announced in April, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) has been calling on the Ontario government to abandon its plan to fine gas station operators who do not post mandatory stickers that will illustrate the federal carbon tax’s impact on gas prices. The plan will take effect on August 30, 2019.
While small businesses appreciate the Ontario government’s transparency intentions and leadership on fighting the ill-designed federal carbon tax, we have strongly recommended that the stickers be made voluntary. This would eliminate the hefty fines and the need for enforcement at a time when the government has committed to shift enforcement efforts from punishment-based to education-based.
CFIB is ready to work with the government on a solution to promote transparency without adding an additional burden on independent businesses in Ontario.
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The Canadian Federation of Independent Business is Canada’s largest association of small- and medium-sized businesses with 110,000 members across every industry and region, including over 42,000 in Ontario. CFIB is dedicated to increasing business owners’ chances of success by driving policy change at all levels of government, providing expert advice and tools, and negotiating exclusive savings. Learn more at cfib.ca.