B.C. growers get break on carbon tax
By Brandi Cowen
Greenhouse vegetable and flower growers in B.C. will receive $7.6 million in aid from the province’s carbon tax this year, allowing time to consider a long-term strategy.
Agriculture Minister Don McRae says the province is offering the temporary funding to reduce the cost of natural gas and propane used by growers. Greenhouse vegetable growers will get $6 million in grants while $1.6 million will be available to those who grow flowers and plants.
The carbon tax relief comes while its impact on the B.C. economy is being reviewed by the province, as announced in February’s budget. The tax on fossil fuels will be increased one more time in July as before it is frozen during the review. The only tax of its kind in North America was enacted by the Liberals in 2007 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by one-third by 2020.