federal government carbon pricing backstop


The controversial and much-anticipated Federal Government Carbon Pricing Backstop began to take effect a few weeks ago in provinces that do not currently have a viable carbon taxation system in place. Those provinces which figure to be most affected are Ontario, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and New Brunswick, with Alberta also expected to be affected as the new UCP government fulfills its campaign promise to remove the Carbon Levy currently in place.


In essence, the Federal pricing backstop is comprised of two parts:

1. A transactional carbon levy paid by either a distributor, importer or producer of fuels (except those consumed by farmers) and

2. An output-based pricing system that will set an industry baseline intended to incentivize facilities and organisations to reduced emissions (this will initially only apply to certain industrial segments, and to emitters who produce more than 50 kilotons of GHGs/year).


Although all of these provinces are expected to continue their pursuit of legal action against the Carbon Pricing Backstop, many industries and organisations operating in these provinces have, or are, considering taking pre-emptive action to reduce carbon emissions in order to limit the potential effects of taxation.


One of the cheapest and most effective ways to reduce carbon emissions at the organisational and building/facility level remains through the implementation of energy efficiency measures – as all organisations are capable of monitoring their energy consumption, and their employees are capable of influencing how much energy is consumed during operations.


CIET has developed a plethora of training programs aimed at helping organisations and various levels of staff accomplish energy consumption reduction goals. Here are some examples of such training programs include:


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For facilities managers:


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COVID-19 Information for CIET Fall 2020 Training Calendar – CIET Goes Virtual!

Last Updated: September 18, 2020


CIET Goes Virtual!

With more than 60 virtual real-time courses offered since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis under our belt, and based on feedback received from more than 600 participants, CIET is happy to inform that all public training sessions offered in the fall of 2020 will be delivered through virtual real-time classrooms.

This will allow everyone to continue accessing CIET training in a safe manner, which protects both our participants and our trainers, regardless of what happens in the fall. You can register for these virtual courses in confidence, knowing that they will provide the same quality of training that you expect from CIET. These real-time training sessions will be available to all participants across Canada, and abroad.




You can find more information about CIET’s virtual training approach:

Through all these measures, CIET hopes to provide as much flexibility as possible to training participants while respecting its commitments to other participants, trainers and partners, as well as public health recommendations.

We thank you very much for your trust and collaboration and look forward to welcoming you in our virtual classrooms!


Best regards,

The CIET Team
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