CAN (BC): Greenhouses welcome carbon tax exemption

Province to reduce the carbon tax on natural gas and propane at the point of sale rather than sending out rebate cheques.

A new partial carbon tax exemption will better support greenhouse growers in British Columbia by allowing them to more quickly get back much of their money, said an industry leader.

Natural gas or propane to heat greenhouses and supply carbon dioxide to grow plants is one of the industry’s largest expenses, said Linda Delli Santi, executive director of the B.C. Greenhouse Growers’ Association. The exemption will apply an 80 percent reduction in the tax at the point of sale, replacing the previous Greenhouse Carbon Tax Relief Grant as of April 1.

“I mean, it’s really nice to get a big cheque once a year for the carbon tax relief, but really, it’d be better for your cash flow to get it every time you buy your gas. And so, we made the business case for it, and the province obviously agreed, and they put in place the same relief grant as we already get, but now we get it at the point of sale instead of having to apply for it a year later.”


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