Canada’s Carbon Tax and Refund Explained

Updated: May 18, 2020

By Glenn Marshall, October 16, 2019

Why did gasoline go up 4.4 cents in April 2019 in Ontario? Will this kill jobs and will the average taxpayer be out of pocket?

First, please explain - why was this done?

We depend on the economy for jobs and the things we buy. The economy, in turn, depends on a stable climate.

Here’s the problem: the economy is currently dependent on burning fossil fuels (coal, oil and natural gas) and this is destabilizing our climate.

Burning fossil fuels emits carbon that blankets the earth, trapping heat. It also produces air pollution. Our planet is heatin