Apr 4, 2017
Carbon and Greenhouse Gas Legislation in Manitoba
As of June 30, 2014, Manitoba has imposed an emissions tax on petroleum coke (petcoke) used for industrial purposes through the Emissions Tax on Coal and Petroleum Coke Act. Revenue from the tax contributes to programs that help facilitate the conversion to renewable sources of energy, primarily biomass. The province also began to phase in a ban on petcoke and coal for heating purposes on January 1, 2014, with full compliance required by July 1, 2017.
Manitoba’s Climate Change and Green Economy Action Plan
Released in December 2015, Manitoba’s Climate Change and Green Economy Action Plan (the Plan) [PDF] committed Manitoba to adopting a cap-and-trade program for large industrial emitters to be linked with Ontario and Québec’s cap-and-trade systems. However, Manitoba’s current Premier, Brian Pallister, stated in late 2016 that the province would not be proceeding with a cap-and-trade program, but would consider implementing a carbon tax. Other commitments, including GHG emissions reduction targets, which were also delineated in the Plan, are now equally uncertain given the province’s evolving approach to climate change mitigation.