Ottawa Earmarks $60M For School Retrofits In Provinces That Fought Carbon Tax

Written by priyadarshinee

Published on : June 25, 2019 6:37

Canada’s environment minister today announced millions of dollars in funding for energy retrofits in schools in provinces that have resisted or abandoned the Liberal climate change plan.

Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna announced Tuesday in Ottawa her government will fund $60 million in energy retrofits for schools in the so-called backstop provinces.

The money will be shared this way:

New Brunswick: $2 million.
Ontario: $41 million.
Manitoba: $5 million.
Saskatchewan: $12 million.

In April, Ottawa imposed a carbon tax on those four provinces. Ninety per cent of the tax has been rebated back to consumers, and McKenna said money for the energy-saving renovations comes from the remaining 10 per cent.

Although Alberta has scrapped its carbon tax, it was excluded from the funding announcement because Ottawa hasn’t imposed the federal backstop there. The backstop won’t come into effect there until 2020.