Carbon Pricing 101: How Canada Can Make Polluters Pay

With only months left until the UN climate summit in Paris, talk of putting a price on carbon is on the uptick in Canada — although so far the federal government is looking to the provinces to do the majority of the country’s heavy lifting when it comes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

B.C., Alberta and Quebec already have carbon pricing systems and Ontario just announced it will join Quebec’s cap-and-trade system. But federally Canada has no coherent carbon-pricing scheme.

This three-part series explores the brief political history of carbon pricing in Canada, takes a look at the different systems in place and asks what can be done at the federal level to ensure carbon pricing actually works.

In this series

Despite the federal Conservative government’s seven-year attack on carbon pricing as a “job-killing...
By Derek Leahy, 16 Jun, 2015
B.C.’s carbon tax has been called both elegant and a template for the rest of the world. Because it...
By Derek Leahy, 20 May, 2015
Cap and trade is in the new kid in town as far as carbon pricing goes in Canada. In April, just...
By Derek Leahy, 9 May, 2015
Carbon Pricing Alberta. Image oilsands emissions by Kris Krug
It may come as a surprise to some that Alberta pioneered carbon pricing — not just in Canada, but...
By Derek Leahy, 5 May, 2015
For the first time in several years, carbon pricing in Canada is back on the national radar....
By Derek Leahy, 23 Apr, 2015