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Canada: Federal carbon charge measures, effective in Alberta beginning 2020

Canada: Federal carbon charge measures

The federal fuel charge—part of a federal program for industrial facilities that emit greenhouse gases above a threshold—will be effective in Alberta beginning 1 January 2020.


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Affected businesses that have activities in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, Nunavut, and Yukon (the “listed provinces”) were required to register for federal fuel charge purposes, to prepare returns, and to remit the federal fuel charge as of 1 April 2019 (1 July 2019 for the territories of Nunavut and Yukon).

Alberta is scheduled to join these provinces as of 1 January 2020 following repeal of Alberta’s carbon levy that concerned a broad-based levy on fossil fuel used, imported, and delivered in Alberta. Accordingly, those businesses in Alberta that are subject to the federal fuel charge will need to take certain steps to meet the new obligations. Alberta oil and gas producers (among others) will need to determine that they are properly registered and are prepared to meet new monthly reporting requirements.

Read a December 2019 report [PDF 195 KB] prepared by the KPMG member firm in Canada

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