Crystal Schick/Yukon News Yukon Premier and finance minister Sandy Silver tabled the Yukon government’s carbon rebate bill March 11.

Yukon carbon rebate bill tabled in the legislative assembly

Yukon premier and finance minister Sandy Silver tabled the bill March 11.

Yukon premier and minister of finance Sandy Silver tabled a carbon tax rebate bill in the legislative assembly March 11, another step towards returning the money that Yukoners will pay into the tax.

The move follows a public engagement period that wrapped up on Feb. 4. Thirty emails were received by the Department of Finance from residents, according to a Yukon government webpage, noting that there was some concern about how the carbon tax could impact businesses.

As a result of the engagement period, though, the Yukon government will craft more regulations intended to reduce emissions from large mines, according to a press release.

“This will be done by directing revenues from the federal Output-Based Pricing System towards investments in green energy made by large mines,” it says. “These regulations will be developed in the coming years.”

Ahead of the federal backstop, which comes into effect this summer, the Yukon government released its proposed plan for the rebate program on Jan. 17.

That plan lays out how residents, businesses and municipalities, among others, will be compensated for paying into the tax.

Starting on July 1, each tonne of carbon will be taxed by $20. This number will climb incrementally by $10 until it hits $50 by 2022. The levy will plateau afterwards.

Yukoners are to receive rebates in October.

Contact Julien Gignac at julien.gignac@yukon-news.com

Just Posted

Yukon Liberals table proposed amendments to territorial Corrections Act

Many of the amendments are related to the use of segregation

One year later, minister pressed for data on Yukon’s pot shop.

Minister John Streicker said he needs more time to gather the information

WYATT’S WORLD

Wyatt’s World

Whitehorse officials call Yukon’s new driver licensing software ‘a step back’

The mayor says he’s ‘surprised’ YG is using a system that will no longer sync with the city’s

Today’s Mailbox: Trails and landfills

Letters to the Editor published Oct. 18

City news, briefly

A look at the decisions made by Whitehorse city council at its Oct. 15 meeting

Whitehorse FC Selects U15 boys soccer team go undefeated at Thanksgiving tournament

“These players definitely are very intelligent players”

Elite Martial Arts Academy grapplers prepare for return to Alaska State No-Gi Submission Grappling Championships

“We’ve been ramping up practices and getting it more intense because it’s just a whole new level”

Whitehorse city news, briefly

Some of the decisions discussed at the council meeting Oct. 7

YG to spend $2.2M on diesel generators in light of cancelled thermal plant

Now that plans for a new thermal plant have been nixed, the… Continue reading

COMMENTARY: After a good start, there’s more work to do on Yukon’s wetland policy

We are now lagging behind the initially proposed schedule by about four months

Most Read