Canada's Ecofiscal Commission debunks 10 common myths about carbon pricing with the
evidence in new report.
Ottawa, March 25, 2019 - Canada's Ecofiscal Commission today released a new report,
Ten Myths about Carbon
Pricing in Canada.
Canadians can see and feel the effects of climate change—from forest fires to floods
that threaten our homes, to pollution that threatens our kids' health. They want
a serious plan to take action on climate change. And they deserve an honest discussion
about our options.
Canadians are in the midst of a timely policy debate around carbon pricing. As of
next week, every province in Canada will have a price on carbon, as the federal
government's system comes into effect.
But unfortunately, myths and misinformation are all too pervasive in this debate.
A debate based on poor information does a disservice to Canadians. The Ecofiscal
Commission hopes that this new report will improve the quality of the debate by
drawing on the best available evidence to debunk ten common myths. The report aims
to serve as a resource for Canadians who want to learn what the evidence says about
carbon pricing and its impacts on emissions, the economy, affordability, and jobs.
In weighing the evidence, we find that many common arguments against carbon pricing
just don't hold up.
Overall, Canada's carbon pricing systems are well-designed, and they are working
to reduce emissions without any significant economic impacts. Economists agree:
carbon pricing should be a key part of Canada's fight against climate change.
Canadians are ready to tackle climate change and to debate solutions in good faith.
The facts are out there. Let's use them.
The report is also available as a digital essay at ecofiscal.ca/myths
"Canadians want a serious discussion about climate change and climate policy. There
are currently too many myths and misunderstandings floating around for that to be
possible. We need to make sure we're grounding this debate in facts." - Chris Ragan
Chair, Canada's Ecofiscal Commission
Economist and Director, Max Bell School of Public Policy, McGill University
"It's time to cut through the noise on carbon pricing and move to a better, more
honest, evidence-driven conversation. We hope this report can serve as a resource
to Canadians and help spur that conversation." - Dale Beugin
Executive Director, Canada's Ecofiscal Commission
- Chris Ragan, Chair, Ecofiscal Commission and economics professor at McGill University
(available via phone)
- Dale Beugin, Executive Director, Ecofiscal Commission (in Ottawa)
- Brendan Frank, Research Associate, Ecofiscal Commission (in Ottawa)
- Quebec and French Canada (in French): France St-Hilaire, Commissioner, Ecofiscal
Commission and Vice President of Research, Institute for Research on Public Policy
- Western Canada: Bev Dahlby, Commissioner, Ecofiscal Commission and Distinguished
Fellow and Research Director in the School of Public Policy at the University of
Calgary (in Calgary)
- Ontario: Don Drummond, Commissioner, Ecofiscal Commission and Former Chief Economist,
TD Bank (available via phone)