The NDP told us not to worry about the trickle down effects of their carbon tax, but now many businesses—from trucking companies to daycares—have announced added costs that will be passed on to Albertans.
Omega Properties based in Calgary are charging their tenants $17 per month on top of rent to make up for the costs of the Alberta NDP’s carbon tax brought in on January 1.
The charges will be applied to all new leases on of any one of their 250 unit properties. It will also be added to all renewed leases once they’ve expired.
Omega Properties says they aren’t entitled to a rebate like tenants are, so they figure the cost won’t break the bank for residents since the average rebate for a single person is $200.
If you’re following the math, this means some tenants will end up paying their entire rebate toward the fees that landlords say will be put into a green fund in order to make their building more efficient.
So now we know that for some Albertans, a rebate will barely cover the increased costs for gassing up a vehicle, let alone the extra fees for natural gas and the new costs that many businesses have confirmed they’ll be implementing due to the tax.
The Alberta government insisted there wouldn’t be a trickle down effect from their carbon tax, but we’re already seeing additional expenses getting passed on to consumers and it’s only the third week of January!
Forget the trickle. At this point, I think it’s more realistic to expect a downpour of added costs in the coming days and weeks.