Climate Change and Energy

Your Climate Action Incentive payment is in the mail (or your bank account) – Carbon Tax Rebate

Every calendar quarter, starting January 15 th , eligible Canadians will receive an installment of the carbon price rebate distributed by the federal government. It’s known officially as the Climate Action Incentive payment and it’s non-taxable. British Columbia administers its own tax and residents receive their quarterly rebate too. If you bank electronically, it goes directly to your account. Otherwise, watch for it in your mail.

Canada’s carbon pollution pricing policy is designed to help individuals and families take climate action measures. Through modest efforts to reduce drafts and home energy use or scaling up to replace big ticket items like furnaces or cars, Canadians should be able to cut costs and save money while contributing to climate action.

In provinces where families receive the Climate Action Incentive payments—eight out of ten households get more money back than they spend on the fuel charge. Because low- and middle-income households tend to spend less on energy-intensive goods, they will benefit the most by collecting the full amount of the pollution price rebate.

Have a look at how much you can expect for your incentive and start planning how to save energy and the planet at the same time.

A table displaying the next quarterly pollution pricing rebate payment amounts for January 2024 across various Canadian provinces, including Alberta (AB), Manitoba (MB), Ontario (ON), Saskatchewan (SK), Newfoundland and Labrador (NL), Nova Scotia (NS), Prince Edward Island (PEI), and New Brunswick (NB).
Next quarterly pollution pricing rebate payment amounts for January 2024 sourced from the official Government of Canada website ( The table illustrates the rebates across provinces for different recipient categories, emphasizing variations and special considerations in Prince Edward Island (PEI).

Our Climate Litigation Initiatives:

Appeal of the historic  Mathur v Ontario climate case 2024:

Friends of the Earth is intervening in the Mathur appeal to argue there is an ecological constitutional bottom line that must be respected by governments.


Intervention in first climate case under Canada’s Charter:

Friends of the Earth intervened in The Mathur v Ontario case which made history in 2023 when a judge ruled — for the first time in Canada —  courts can consider whether a government’s response to climate change infringes upon human rights. However, FOE said, by dismissing this case, Canadian courts are falling behind courts around the world that are holding their governments accountable for lack of action on climate chaos.


Carbon Pricing Case in 2020: 

In 2020, Friends of the Earth intervened in the Carbon Pricing case at the Supreme Court. The goal was to advocate for federal-provincial cooperation in addressing climate change, emphasizing the legal obligations to respect, protect, and fulfill the rights of women and girls in the context of climate change.


Lack of Action under the Kyoto Protocol Implementation Act 2008:

Friends of the Earth took legal action against the Canadian government, marking the first climate inaction lawsuit globally. They sought to hold the government accountable for missing commitments under the Kyoto Protocol Implementation Act.

Campaign for Systemic Change in CPP:  

Friends of the Earth campaigns for systemic change in Canada’s Pension Plan (CPP), the largest pension fund in Canada. The organization argues for five actions that would set an example for other pension plans and financial institutions. (five actions underlined would link to updated page on Your investment in the CPP misses the mark on climate risk)

Responsibility of Fossil Fuel Industry:

The fossil fuel industry is responsible for not only climate chaos but also for plastic pollution. Friends of the Earth advocates for working towards zero plastic waste as part of comprehensive climate action.

Recent Updates and News on Climate Change

Canada’s Record on Climate Action

Oh Canada – we’ve got to do better! If you take the long view starting back when Canada signed onto climate action at the Rio Summit, we’ve done nothing but increase emissions despite commitments made.

Supreme Court Intervention – Carbon Pricing & Women and Girls

On September 22 and 23rd, 2020 the Supreme Court of Canada will hear the appeal of the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act case. Friends of the Earth and National Association of Women and the Law applied for and were granted leave to intervene in this important case – the two organizations believe the federal government has a critical role to play in addressing climate change, and that doing so is essential for upholding the rights of women and girls.

Your investment in the CPP misses the mark on climate risk

Just before the pandemic hit, the Globe and Mail was prepared to report that the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board gave US $600,000 to partisan Republican political action committees in 2018. The money came from CPPIB-own and controlled Crestone Peak Resources. The partisan donations were part of a wider fossil fuel industry campaign to prevent stronger regulations on fracking in Colorado.

Plastic Pollution Meets Climate Damage

Every stage in the lifecycle of plastics is responsible for greenhouse gas emissions – extracting and transporting fossil fuels as feedstock, refining, manufacturing of the plastic products, use of the plastic products and waste disposal.

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