Budget 2023 proposed an Investment Tax Credit for Clean Electricity which introduces a 15 per cent refundable tax credit for eligible investments in non emitting electricity generating systems, abated natural gas fired electricity generation, stationary electricity storage systems and equipment for the transmission of electricity between provinces and territories. Importantly, both taxable and non-taxable entities such as public utilities would be eligible for the credit. The credit would be available as of the day of Budget 2024 for projects that did not begin construction before the day of Budget 2023. The credit would not be available after 2034. The Department of Finance is engaging with provinces, territories, and other relevant parties to develop the design and implementation details of the tax credit.
The PBO estimates that the Investment Tax Credit for Clean Electricity will reduce federal revenues by $6 billion over 4 years.