It is commonly believed that energy and carbon intensive industries in Canada are uniformly opposed to carbon pricing since they would incur the highest costs of the policy. However, research on the policy preferences of these industries shows that not only are they largely in favour of carbon pricing; but they are more concerned about policy uncertainty than cost minimization.
Greening Greater Toronto and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) have collaborated to produce this independent analysis, which builds on Greening Greater Toronto’s 2008 environmental report, and on TRCA’s watershed report cards.
The Sustainable Prosperity/Pembina report “Putting Transportation on Track in the GTHA” provides the most up-to-date, independently researched data directly comparing road and rail emissions (for both passenger and freight transportation).
This SP Policy Brief speaks to Canada’s Federal and provincial fiscal positions, which have worsened in recent years due to the need for massive stimulus spending to support the economy in the wake of the global financial crisis.
State of Knowledge Report by Nic Rivers (School of Resource and Environmental Management, Simon Fraser University) on the distributional impacts of carbon policies in Canada.
A background report by Kaija Belfry Munroe (Department of Political Science, University of British Columbia) publishes the findings of a two-year study into business preferences for climate change instruments in Canada. Surprisingly, the study found that the business community in Canada is in favour of a price on carbon.
Sustainable Prosperity welcomes the opportunity to comment on the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) 2010 discussion paper on Revenue Options, and commends the GNWT for its commitment to engagement and consultation on a possible carbon tax – an issue of critical importance to the territory’s economic, environmental, and social future.
The British Columbia government has been conducting a consultation on its proposed renewable energy feed-in-tariff regulation. In response, Sustainable Prosperity (SP) submitted the following analysis to the government on September 29th, 2010.
The purpose of this SP Policy Brief is to draw out key lessons from the evolution of feed-in tariffs (FiT) in the European context, where there is considerable policy experience with FiTs.
SP's comments on the proposed Federal Sustainable Development Strategy