The Rocky Road to Canada-wide Carbon Pricing

10 Pages Posted: 11 Nov 2018

Date Written: October 17, 2018


Ottawa should rebate revenues from its carbon pricing backstop directly to citizens in non-compliant provinces that reject its plan, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “The Rocky Road to Canada-wide Carbon Pricing,” author Tracy Snoddon argues that this option for returning backstop cash ensures government accountability is fair and flexible.

Keywords: Energy and Natural Resources; Environmental Policies and Norms; Resources Rights and Management; Resources Taxation and Revenues; Fiscal and Tax Policy; Federalism and Constitution; Federal-Provincial Transfers; Provincial Taxation and Budgets

JEL Classification: Q54

Suggested Citation

Snoddon, Tracy, The Rocky Road to Canada-wide Carbon Pricing (October 17, 2018). C.D. Howe Institute e-Brief 284, Available at SSRN: or

Tracy Snoddon (Contact Author)

Wilfrid Laurier University ( email )

75 University Avenue West
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3C5

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