Carbon Pricing in the NWT

As a signatory to the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, the Government of the Northwest Territories has agreed to the federal proposal for a national carbon price. The 2017 NWT Energy Strategy calls for the GNWT to lead the transition to a lower carbon economy by reducing GHG emissions, increasing the use of renewable and alternative energy and improving energy efficiency within its own operations.

What we’ve heard

From Aug 2016 – Jan 2017, the GNWT conducted joint engagement activities on the NWT Energy Strategy and the NWT Climate Change Strategic Framework. And while we heard that there is support for carbon pricing among NWT residents, there are also concerns. NWT residents are worried about how carbon pricing will impact the cost of living. They are concerned that carbon pricing might make industry uncompetitive. We also heard that residents feel that revenue generated by carbon pricing should be used to protect vulnerable people from cost of living increases, support energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in diesel communities and industrial sites, and promote resilience and adaptation measures across the NWT.

A “Made-in-the-NWT” Solution

The North is a unique region of Canada that will require its own unique approach to carbon pricing. The GNWT discussion paper, Implementing Pan-Canadian Carbon Pricing in the Northwest Territories, is the first step in developing a “made-in-the-NWT” solution for carbon pricing. It presents different approaches under consideration for the NWT to meet its carbon pricing commitments. We also hope it will also help to generate discussion on how the GNWT should address its overriding objectives to limit carbon pricing’s impact on the cost of living and economic development in the NWT.

The next step is to hear from residents, business and industry on how you think we should approach carbon pricing in the NWT. Let us know what you think by participating in our online engagement survey.