What is the Carbon Tax/Surcharge?
A carbon tax or surcharge is a fee imposed on each tonne of emissions from fossil fuels, designed to help lower the amount of greenhouse-gas emissions. On April 1, 2019, the Government of Canada introduced a federal carbon pollution pricing system which applies to all provinces and territories that have not implemented their own carbon pricing system including Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Nunavut and Yukon and New Brunswick. As a result, there is an added cost for purchases of everyday fuels including gasoline and diesel, natural gas and coal-fired electricity.
What does this mean for the Aviation Industry?
The new federal carbon tax is imposed on all airlines that operate within the applicable provinces and will be applied to intra-provincial flights. For Calm Air International LP, this means the carbon tax/surcharge applies to all routes within Manitoba:
- Between Winnipeg, Churchill, Flin Flon, Gillam, The Pas and/or Thompson
All tickets for travel within Manitoba, will include a carbon surcharge. Tickets booked for travel between communities within Nunavut do not have a carbon surcharge at this time. The surcharge does not apply to travel between Manitoba and Nunavut.
What is the Tax being used for?
The Government of Canada has planned to return all direct proceeds collected in Manitoba as follows:
- Climate Action Incentive Payments paid directly to families and individuals
- Support for particularly affected sectors (which may include provincial schools, hospitals, indigenous communities, etc.)
- Supporting reductions in greenhouse gas emissions in Manitoba
More information can be found here.