Feds won't impose carbon tax on Sask on Jan. 1

November 20, 2017 8:46 pm

Saskatchewan's government expects to have a climate change plan made public within a couple of weeks, while it has become clear that the federal government will not force a carbon tax on Saskatchewan at the beginning of 2018.

The federal government has said it would impose a carbon tax if the province does not introduce its own plan by 2018. Ottawa’s pitch would put in place a “floor price” of $10 a tonne on carbon pollution.

But with 2018 fast approaching, Regina-Wascana MP Ralph Goodale said last week he is unaware of any draft legislation that would impose a carbon levy on Saskatchewan by Jan. 1.

Saskatchewan remains the only province without a carbon pricing plan.

Environment Minister Dustin Duncan said the government will move ahead with its own plan to address climate change without a carbon tax.

Duncan said the province is looking for a “number of flexible options” and implementing a tech fund is something that is “being debated.”