After holding out for more than a year, the province of Manitoba announced Friday it is joining the Pan-Canadian climate change framework.
Despite the agreement, the province says it still plans on implementing a $25-per-tonne flat carbon tax in each of the next five years, which falls short of a federal requirement. The feds say each province’s carbon price must be at least $10 per tonne this year, rising $10 per year until it reaches $50 per tonne by 2022.
The decision to sign on to the deal means Manitoba is eligible to receive up to $67 million in funding under the Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund.
The federal government says Manitoba’s decision to sign on is a strong step forward, but Ottawa says it will be monitoring compliance.
The move leaves Saskatchewan as the only province not to sign on.
New Premier Scott Moe has reiterated what former Premier Brad Wall has said on the issue. That being Saskatchewan will not agree to a carbon tax.