District recoups carbon tax

Saanich last week received $117,322 back from the provincial government through the Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program.

Saanich last week received $117,322 back from the provincial government through the Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program.

Mark Boysen, Saanich’s sustainability co-ordinator, explained the expected grant as “carbon tax money coming back to us.” He said the province rebates municipalities that have signed on to the Climate Action Charter what they spend on carbon tax.

“We put this money back into our carbon fund – building energy retrofits, electric vehicles, the solar hot water system at Gordon Head Rec,” Boysen said. “(The money) goes to projects that have been saving us money, reducing greenhouse gases.”

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