OTTAWA—Canadians across the country on April 1 held protests against the federal carbon tax increase, a federal policy they say is making life more unaffordable for those already struggling financially.

The federal carbon tax increased from $65 per tonne of greenhouse gas emissions to $80 on April 1, and is set to rise until it hits $170 per tonne in 2030.

Rita Abouarrage, who attended the protest on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, said she has been forced to move back in with her parents despite working a full-time job and being paid more than minimum wage.

“I can’t afford $2,000 for an apartment, and then trying to eat, pay for your vehicle, and heat and electricity, it’s too much,” she said.

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