Starting April 1, 2019, New Brunswickers will pay a new federal tax on gasoline and home heating fuels.
The federal carbon tax will be applied to all fossil fuels sold in New Brunswick, including gasoline, diesel, natural gas, propane and all home heating fuels. The tax will be imposed on fuel production and distribution companies, which will pass on these costs to customers. This tax will increase every year until 2022, when New Brunswickers will pay the highest tax on gasoline in Canada.
This new federal carbon tax will add up to hundreds of dollars in extra costs for New Brunswick families.
A rural family of four that own a truck and a sedan each travelling 20,000kms per year will pay approximately $230 more in gas in 2019. If the same family has an oil furnace with a capacity of 900 litres and fills that tank up three times a year, they will spend approximately $150 more per year. In addition, there will be increases in food and other goods they will be purchasing in the run of a year.