Emissions Tax on Coal and Petroleum Coke Act - 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.
The Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan
On October 27, 2017, the province announced its Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan, a framework built on the strategic pillars of climate, jobs, water and nature. The plan sets out an approach to carbon pricing starting at $25 per tonne beginning during 2018—an amount that the government notes is half that mandated by the federal government and will eventually be the second-lowest in Canada (as it is not projected to increase over time). The plan was open for public comment in late 2017 and it remains to be seen what changes may be made as a result.