Greenhouse Carbon Tax Relief Grant

The Greenhouse Carbon Tax Relief Grant Program is accepting applications until Friday, March 29, 2019.

Through the Greenhouse Carbon Tax Relief Grant Program (GCTRG),  the B.C. government  provides carbon tax relief to B.C. commercial vegetable, floriculture, wholesale nursery and forest seedling operations. The program returns 80 per cent of the carbon tax paid on natural gas and propane used for greenhouse heating and C02 production.

Eligible Activities

The 2019 program provides eligible B.C. commercial greenhouse growers with a grant equal to 80% of the carbon tax paid on their purchases of natural gas and propane consumed for heating and producing CO2 for their production greenhouses.

Fuel burnt for other purposes, such as heating residential, office or non-eligible production area, vehicles, forklifts or to produce electricity in a CHP engine is ineligible.

Eligible Applicants

To qualify to receive a 2019 GCTRG, a person must meet all of the following criteria at the time of the application submission:

  • is a corporation, partnership or individual(s) operating a commercial greenhouse in British Columbia in the 2019 production year
  • is using natural gas or propane in the operation of their Eligible Production Area for heating or the production of CO2 for crop fertilization, or both
  • had sales in 2018 exceeding $20,000 (for start-ups or new purchases, an operator anticipates sales exceeding $20,000 in 2019) from the production of Eligible Crops
  • has a minimum of 455 square metres (5,000 square feet) of Eligible Production Area
  • is using at least 75% of their total Eligible Production Area for the production of Eligible Crops
  • is producing an eligible crop
  • has completed and submitted the online survey by March 29, 2019  

Review the 2019 Eligibility Requirements (PDF) to find out if you're an eligible greenhouse operator.

Application Instructions

Applications for 2019 are now open.

  1. Complete and submit the 2019 Carbon Tax Survey
  2. Contact your fuel provider and obtain a one or two-page annual fuel usage summary.

Spreadsheets downloaded from FortisBC or other supplier will not be accepted.

       3. Complete the 3 sections of the application form, scan and submit via email.

       4. Scan and submit the annual summary or natural gas/propane invoices.

It is the responsibility of the Applicant to become familiar with the application process and ensure their application addresses all requirements, in addition to ensuring a complete application and survey is submitted.

Applications or supporting material such as the survey, fuel invoices,  annual summaries of fuel usage and applicable electrical power generation readings from CHP engines received after the March 29, 2019 deadline will be deemed ineligible for the 2019 GCTRGP grant. 

To qualify to receive a 2019 GCTRG, a person must address any clarifying questions posed by the ministry within the timeframe specified with respect to the eligibility of production, the ownership and operation of the greenhouse or other issues related to the application.

Note: if the clarifying questions are not adequately answered, the Ministry will deem an application as incomplete and will not issue a grant. 

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