Advocacy Win: AB Govt Provides Carbon Levy Grant to Lloydminster, AB Fuel Retailers
The Lloydminster Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee (PAC) first started discussing this issue in September 2016. Our Political Action Committee is made up of Chamber members, board members, and staff. The Political Action Committee is responsible for community scans to determine what the most pressing issues are facing businesses in Lloydminster and then bringing those issues to the table for discussion and possible action.
Since September, PAC has been researching the carbon levy and the inequalities it would create due to our bi-provincial status and have taken several steps to bring this issue to the forefront. We had shared our research and held meetings with Mayor and Council, reached out to local fuel retailers and discussed with our MLA Dr. Richard Starke. In November, 2016 our concerns were also raised with the Deputy Minister of Climate Change, Eric Denhoff at the Alberta Chamber Deputy Ministers Dinner. In December, our advocacy efforts continued with letters sent to Hon. Deron Bilous, Minister of Economic Development and Trade, Hon. Joe Ceci, Minister of Finance, Hon. Danielle Larivee, Minister of Municipal Affairs, and Hon. Shannon Phillips, Minister of Environment and Parks responsible for the Climate Change Office. In conjunction with meetings and letters to government, several media interviews were held to bring this issue public.
Thanks to our Lloydminster Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee for taking the lead on this important initiative for our fuel retailer businesses in Lloydminster. Our political action team has been working for many months to bring this issue to the forefront. The Chamber thanks our MLA Dr. Richard Starke for presenting to the Alberta Legislature and Mayor Gerald Aalbers for also sharing the same concerns with the Alberta government. The Lloydminster Chamber of Commerce wants to thank the Alberta Government for recognizing this Lloydminster bi provincial business inequity and offering a reasonable solution.
Government of Alberta Announcement
March 9, 2017
Grants to retail fuel dealers will offset the difference between the total carbon levy and fuel tax in Alberta and the fuel tax in Saskatchewan.
The grant program will apply to gasoline, diesel, and propane sold on the Alberta side of Lloydminster to consumers for vehicle use.
“We recognize the unique challenges of fuel dealers in the border community of Lloydminster. Alberta and Saskatchewan have historically aligned fuel taxes in Lloydminster to treat the community as a whole. In the past, Saskatchewan offset its charges for fuel sold on its side of the border, this simply continues that practice. Albertans will continue to benefit from an overall tax advantage, by paying $7.5 billion less in taxes than our neighbours to the east.” - Joe Ceci, President of Treasury Board and Minister of Finance
The grant program will begin April 1 and will cover eligible sales retroactive to Jan. 1, when Alberta’s carbon levy came into effect. The program will be reviewed annually and may be adjusted as provincial and federal carbon price changes are implemented.
In 2017, grants will cover the equivalent of 2.49 cents per litre of gasoline, 3.35 cents per litre of diesel and 3.48 cents per litre of propane. The program will cost an estimated $3 million to $5 million in 2017-18 and will be funded from carbon levy revenue.
Information for retailers to apply for the grant will be posted online closer to April 1.
Alberta households and businesses continue to benefit from the lowest overall taxes and carbon charges, including the carbon levy, compared to other provinces. With no provincial sales tax, no payroll tax and no health-care premiums, Albertans and Alberta businesses pay $7.5 billion less than they would under Saskatchewan’s tax system.