Federal Carbon Pricing Program
As a commitment from the federal government to lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions nationwide, Ontario is required to participate in the Federal Carbon Pricing Program.
Learn more about the Federal Carbon Pricing Program from the Government of Canada.
How does this impact you?
Beginning April 1, 2019, all fossil fuels, including natural gas, sold in Ontario will be subject to a carbon charge. On behalf of the federal government, we will bill, collect, and remit these charges.
We anticipate that the annual bill impact for an average residential customer (who uses 2,400 cubic metres of natural gas per year) will be approximately $94.
The federal government has indicated Ontario residents will receive a tax-free climate action incentive payment (estimated by the federal government to be about $300 for an average Ontario household) after filing their 2018 tax return.
How much is the charge?
The 2019 carbon charge for natural gas in Ontario will be 3.91 cents per cubic metre of natural gas used. This charge will increase annually in April. In addition, a facility-related charge will apply, as these charges are costs that Enbridge will incur to deliver gas to customers.
How does this impact large business customers?
Beginning January 1, 2019, an Output-Based Pricing System (“OBPS”) will be implemented for industrial facilities with total emissions above 50,000 tonnes or more of carbon dioxide equivalent (“CO2e”) per year, with the potential for industrial facilities with total emissions between 10,000 and 50,000 tonnes of CO2e per year to voluntarily opt in.