New law requiring Ontario gas stations to display anti-carbon tax stickers kicks in
A law requiring gas station owners across Ontario to post anti-carbon tax stickers on their pumps came into force Friday, but the province said it won't be issuing fines right away for those who don't comply.
A spokeswoman for Energy Minister Greg Rickford said inspectors who will be checking for the mandatory blue decals won't create a burden for businesses.
"For the first few months, inspectors are focusing on education and helping gasoline retailers come into compliance," Sydney Stonier said in a statement.
The law brought in by the Progressive Conservative government — which has been waging a legal and public relations battle against the carbon tax since taking power last summer — lays out a series of penalties that can be issued against those who fail to display the stickers.
Individuals could be fined up to $500 each day, or up to $1,000 a day for subsequent offences. Corporations could be fined up to $5,000 a day, or up to $10,000 a day for subsequent offences.
Premier Doug Ford has said the stickers are part of an effort to educate people about the costs of the carbon tax, but critics have called them misleading, taxpayer-funded propaganda ahead of the Oct. 21 federal election.