The federal carbon pollution pricing system was implemented in Alberta on January 1, 2020. A charge on fossil fuels is part of the Canadian government’s climate change action plan to help lower carbon emissions. You will notice a line item on your gas bill to reflect the rate per GJ of natural gas consumed.
Effective Date Federal Fuel Charge per GJ
January 1, 2020 $1.05/GJ
April 1, 2020 $1.58GJ
April 1, 2021 $2.10/GJ
April 1, 2022 $2.63/GJ < We are here
Climate Action Incentive payments
To help pay for the charge, eligible Albertan’s who file a tax return will automatically receive incentive payments four times per year on the 15th (Jan, Apr, Jul, Oct) by direct deposit or cheque, whatever you are signed up for on the CRA website. In 2022, your April and July payment will be added together and paid out in July. If you have a spouse or common-law partner, only one of you can get the credit for the family. The credit will be paid to the spouse or common-law partner whose tax return is assessed first. No matter which one of you receives the credit, the amount will be the same. Please see below for an example of how much your family could receive.
- $539 for a single adult or the first adult in a couple
- $270 for the second adult in a couple
- $135 for each child in the family
- Additional 10% for residents of small and rural communities (outside of Edmonton and Calgary)
*A rural family of four could get up to $1187.