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Toronto, May 9 (Canadian-Meda): Ontario's government for the people is fighting the job-killing federal carbon tax to help more than 470,000 small-and medium‐sized businesses in communities across the province by creating an environment where they can grow and thrive, media reports said.
Small businesses are already burdened by the federal carbon tax, which came into effect on April 1, 2019, and it is predicted their annual heating costs will rise by an average of $1,000 in 2022.
Rod Phillips, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, and Todd Smith, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, were at Drewry's Variety Convenience today to talk about how the federal government's carbon tax threatens jobs and small businesses in the province.
Federal Carbon tax. Image credit: canada.ca
The federal carbon tax is a job-killer. It will increase overhead costs on Ontario's small businesses, and put the brakes on their growth," said Smith.
"Our government is committed to keeping our province open for business and open for jobs...and why we released a Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan to protect the environment without imposing a carbon tax on the hard-working families and small businesses of Ontario, said Phillips."
"Our Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan serves as proof that you can both oppose a carbon tax and continue to do more to fight climate change - you don't have to choose," concluded Phillips. "Ontario deserves both a healthy environment and a healthy economy."
"We're on the precipice of an affordability crisis for small businesses," said Dan Kelly, president of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business. "In fact, 84 per cent of small businesses in the four affected provinces say they can't afford the federal carbon tax...We are asking the federal government to cancel the federal carbon tax and work with the four provinces on approaches to climate change that do not negatively affect small businesses."
The government remains committed to fighting the federal government's carbon tax on the people of Ontario. Ontario's case challenging the constitutionality of the federal carbon tax was heard by the Court of Appeal earlier this month and the decision has been reserved.