Carbon tax rebates available as Sask. court challenge approaches

By CKOM News Staff
January 10, 2019 - 10:58am

Critics, including Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe, have called it an attempt to buy votes ahead of the 2019 federal election, but whoever you cast a ballot for, you can apply for your carbon tax rebate cheque before the tax itself even goes into effect.

The Climate Action Incentive will see cheques sent to households this tax season. The money is meant to offset increased costs associated with the federal carbon tax set to be imposed in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and New Brunswick — all provinces that have refused to implement their own carbon pricing systems in line with federal requirements.

In Saskatchewan, the rebates issued in 2019 would be $305 for a single adult or the first adult in a couple, followed by $152 for the second adult in a couple, or the first child for a single parent. Families would get $76 per child. The total would work out to $609 for a two-parent family of four.

According to the federal government, the average rebate across all Saskatchewan households will be $598.

The federal carbon tax itself is due to go into effect in April.

The provincial government’s court challenge against the carbon tax will be heard in February by the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal.

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