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Carbon and Greenhouse Gas Legislation in Yukon

April 2018

Climate Change Action Plan Progress Report

In 2015, the Yukon released the Climate Change Action Plan Progress Report (the Report), a policy document building on existing commitments contained in the Territory’s 2009 Climate Change Action Plan. The plan reports on the actions taken by the Yukon in the intervening period and sets out new initiatives to assist the Territory in achieving its emissions reduction-related goals. Rather than focusing on jurisdiction-wide emissions reduction targets, the Report targets specific sectors including the building sector, transportation, electricity and industrial operations. The Report also sets ambitious targets for the Yukon government’s own internal operations, including a commitment to become carbon neutral by 2020. The Territory does not currently have legislation addressing carbon taxation or pricing.

Federal carbon price rebate

On August 16, 2017, the Government of Yukon announced that it would be seeking public input on “how it can best develop a rebate that will return revenues from the federal carbon price to Yukoners and local businesses.” The government also announced that it was consulting with First Nations, municipal governments and local industry. The results [PDF] of the consultation were released in December with the conclusion that “opinions on the subject are as varied as Yukoners themselves.”  The precise design of the rebate mechanism remains to be seen.