Friday, April 15, 2016 

BC Gov't News

Greenbacks for Greenhouses

Carbon Tax Relief Grant deadline April 29

Ashley Stewart, BC Gov't Caucus 


Chilliwack-Hope MLA Laurie Throness tours Rainbow Greenhouse with owner Stan Vander Waal.


hile visiting Rainbow Greenhouse, Chilliwack-Hope MLA Laurie Throness reminds commercial greenhouse operators they have until April 29 to apply for the 2016 greenhouse carbon tax relief grants.


“This rebate helps level the playing field for greenhouse growers who compete with companies in other provinces and countries,” says Throness.


The annual grant covers 80% of the carbon tax that commercial greenhouse growers paid on the natural gas and propane they used for greenhouse heating and CO2 production in the previous year. 


“Greenhouse growers face unique circumstances; they need and produce carbon dioxide because it is essential for plant growth,” says Throness.


Commercial vegetable and floriculture producers, wholesale nurseries and forest seedling nurseries are eligible to apply for the grant. The 2016 relief grants will be processed and issued by June 30.


“We continue to recognize the importance of agriculture to our community and province,” says Throness. “Greenhouse growers have invested heavily in technology and innovation and we want to support and sustain their growth.”


Since making the greenhouse carbon tax relief grant a permanent program in 2013, commercial greenhouse operators have received significant rebates from the government. In 2015, the program provided $7.1 million in grants to greenhouse growers and $7.1 million in 2014.


Information, application packages, survey and e-forms for 2016 are available here.




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