YCS supports carbon pricing as a mechanism to reduce carbon emissions. Carbon pricing is consistent with the “polluter pays” principle and should be applied fairly, without exemptions for major emitters or certain industries.
We developed a position paper in 2017 which can be found below.
We are happy to see carbon pricing being implemented across Canada, though we do have some concerns about the rebate design developed by Yukon government. Some key concerns include:
- All placer and some quartz mining operations will get a 100%, dollar-for-dollar rebate. This removes the incentive for them to reduce emissions.
- Charities and non-profit organizations are not eligible for a carbon rebate.
Our comments on Yukon Government’s 2019 Carbon Price Rebate Framework can be found below.