Mayor expresses strong support for BC Carbon pricing, proposes new transfers to local governments

September 10, 2012 | Jobs and the Economy

In a letter submitted as part of the BC Government’s Carbon Tax review process, Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson has expressed his strong support for BC’s Carbon Tax, and called upon the Province to transfer an increasing share of Carbon Tax revenues to municipalities for carbon-reducing projects.

Mayor Robertson's position builds on the stance taken by Metro Vancouver mayors in calling for a dedicated share of the Carbon Tax to go towards public transit.

“Both the City of Vancouver and the Province have reduced their emissions while seeing increases in population and employment, demonstrating that leadership on climate change goes hand in hand with a healthy economy,” the Mayor writes. “There is clear support from academia, local government and business for the reinvestment of Carbon Tax revenues into projects that maximize the societal benefits for BC."

The Mayor’s letter states that the Carbon Tax plays a key role in Vancouver meeting the comprehensive and ambitious targets established in the City’s 2020 Greenest City Action Plan. With municipalities currently relying primarily on property taxes to make crucial investments in transit, green infrastructure, and carbon-reducing projects, Mayor Robertson stresses the need for an increased portion of the tax’s revenues to be transferred to local governments.

Doing so would recognize “the challenges faced by BC communities in meeting the provincially legislated carbon targets,” the Mayor states, and “enable local governments to take effective action on climate change, by giving them the tools to invest directly in public transit, renewable district energy, and building efficiency retrofits, among others.”

Here is the full text of the letter:

Letter: Mayor expresses strong support for BC Carbon pricing, proposes new transfers to local governments