Provinces must give Ottawa carbon price plans by September

The federal government's carbon price will start at $20 per tonne in 2019. AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna informed provinces this week she expects them to provide details of their carbon pricing plans no later than Sept. 1, 2018.

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In a letter issued this week, McKenna says any province that doesn’t meet the federal carbon price benchmark will have the federal program imposed upon it starting Jan. 1, 2019.

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That means the federal government’s carbon price will start at $20 per tonne in 2019, rather than the originally planned $10 per tonne in 2018.

McKenna has also asked any province that wants to rely on the federal carbon pricing plan to inform her by March 30.

At $20 per tonne, the added cost to the average Canadian household is expected to range from a low of $241 a year in British Columbia to a high of $448 a year in Nova Scotia.

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Four provinces already appear to meet the federal benchmark, and four more have outlined proposed plans but every provincial plan will be reviewed by Ottawa to determine if it’s acceptable.

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