Price on carbon part of plan to fight climate change
I would like to thank the members of the Centennial community who joined my team and me for our May community events. Our Youth Job Fair on April 25 at the Malvern Methodist Church was a tremendous success! A number of employers thanked my team after the event and remarked just how impressed they were with the professionalism and experience of the youth in our community. Equally successful was our Spring Walk in the Rouge on April 27. As always, the team at Parks Canada did a terrific job highlighting the many hidden treasures to be found within the park. It’s always a delight to spend some time in our natural urban oasis.
Price on Pollution
As of April 1, it is no longer free to pollute in Canada. Our government introduced a national price on carbon pollution to protect the health of our environment and to ensure that big polluters begin paying their fare share. Instituting a price on pollution will not only help Canada meet international commitments as outlined by the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change, but will help keep our environment safe for future generations.
A recent study published by Environment Canada indicates Canada is, on average, warming at twice the rate of the rest of the world. Even more troubling is the fact that Northern Canada is currently warming at a rate of almost three times the global average. Global warming has had devastating consequences across the country, including the enhancement of forest fires in Western Canada, severe flooding in Central and Atlantic Canada and the depletion of the Canadian Arctic.
How does the price on pollution work? It’s simple: the more someone pollutes, the more they are required to pay. Here in Ontario, all money collected from the price on pollution will, by law, be returned back to Ontarians. Ninety percent of that revenue will be returned through a tax rebate called the Climate Action Incentive. The remaining 10 percent of revenues collected will go towards Ontario’s schools, hospitals and businesses to help them become more energy efficient.
The Climate Action Incentive will leave eight out of 10 Ontario families better off, with the average family of four receiving a payment of $307 upon successfully filing their taxes. Putting a price on carbon pollution is part of our government’s ambitious plan to fight climate change, protect our environment and grow our economy.
For more information about our Climate Change Action Plan, I encourage you to visit: www.canada.ca/climate-action or contact my constituency office at 416-283-1414 or Gary.Anand@parl.gc.ca.
On a final note, I would like to invite you and your family to join my team on Saturday, July 6 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Joyce Trimmer Park for my annual summer barbecue. This event is a highlight on our constituency office calendar and promises to be a fun afternoon full of delicious food, exciting games and activities for the whole family. All are welcome.