Updated: November 15, 2019

About Carbon Tax

The federal government is imposing a “price on pollution” that will be attached to all inputs including transportation, repairs, equipment and so on. The farm use of gas and diesel fuel will be exempt, however, there are many other input costs that the government is adding a carbon tax to. Each province is dealing with the federal government’s mandated carbon tax differently and some provincial governments have attempted to make it revenue neutral.

The Issues

Farmers will fully bear the cost of this tax, shrinking our margins even further. We have no way to pass these costs on to end users. Farmers have been leaders with many environmentally friendly practices – no-till planting, fewer crop inputs, better water management and fuel-efficient equipment are all steps that we have implemented for years.

Farmers should be recognized for the positive way that they treat the land they work on. For many generations, farmers have taken good care of their land, in order to ensure that they can continue to grow safe, healthy food in an environmentally sustainable way and ensure sustainability for the next generation. Farmers should be rewarded for the huge carbon sink that agriculture creates, not penalized through a carbon tax.

Our Position

The Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association believes that the coalition opposing the federal carbon tax is the right and necessary step. For example, Saskatchewan grain is sold into the global market and the imposition of a carbon tax makes our grain less competitive. A federal carbon tax will hurt farmers.

What We Are Doing

Give farmers a carbon tax break after ‘harvest from hell’: Green Party agriculture critic

If the carbon tax is designed to change behaviour and move people toward less carbon-intensive activities, it’s not going to be effective for grain-drying because propane or natural gas are the only two options, said Gunter Jochum, president of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers.

Liberal cabinet to talk Western priorities in Winnipeg retreat

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his inner circle are on a three-day retreat in Winnipeg, where Western alienation is a hot topic. As Abigail Bimman reports, Trudeau and his cabinet are focusing on building bridges in provinces where they have plenty of political enemies.

Every Canadian province — including Alberta — now has a carbon tax. But the ‘pure politics’ battle isn’t over

But as president of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association, Jochum says he wants to see the tax program change in a way that shifts the burden from farmers. On Nov. 20, the association launched its “NoFarmCarbonTax” petition, asking the federal government to eliminate the carbon tax on farm-related gas use.

Western Canadian Wheat Growers Disappointed In Federal Government’s Lack Of Action

The Western Canadian Wheat Growers are disappointed in the lack of action coming out of this week’s Federal, Provincial and Territorial Agriculture Ministers Meeting. A release from the Wheat Growers says this week’s communiqué from the Ag Ministers meeting shows a federal government that is completely out of touch with grain farmers and the challenges […]

Grain Farmers Left Holding an Empty Stocking

CALGARY, AB: The Communique from the Federal, Provincial and Territorial AG Ministers shows a federal government that is completely out of touch with grain farmers and the challenges that they are facing. “Grain farmers have faced the harvest from Hell, a rail strike, a government stumbling through trade issues, only to have funding go to […]

Against the grain: For Prairie farmers, carbon tax shows how little Ottawa understands their industry

Compromise required for national unity

Prairie-based producer groups already have relationships with federal departments that skirt provincial jurisdiction, and the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association recently asked the federal government for a carbon tax exemption for grain drying.

Carbon tax a grain-drying mystery

The Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association has sent a letter to Canada’s federal agriculture and environment ministers lamenting the extra financial burden caused by the tax. “We get calls every day from irate farmers,” said association president Gunter Jochum.

Wheat Growers Launch Carbon Tax Petition

“The federal government is adding a carbon tax onto virtually all the inputs that grain farmers need to grow our crops. In particular the cost of grain drying this fall has seen the carbon tax add as high as 30% or more,” said WCWGA President Gunter Jochum.

Highlighting the carbon tax’s effects

The Western Canadian Wheat Growers (WCWG) launched its No Farm Carbon Tax petition on Wednesday. Farmers are encouraged to add their names to the document. The organization will send the petition to the federal ministers of agriculture, environment and climate change.

Western Canadian Wheat Growers seek carbon tax exemption on grain drying

The Western Canadian Wheat Growers are asking for a tax exemption on grain drying following this year's poor, wet harvest. Members of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers (WCWG) say the additional tax imposed as part of carbon pricing will put grain producers in a bind following the low yield and tough growing season. Jim Wickett, [...]

Online petition aimed at informing Ottawa how much the carbon tax is costing farmers

An online petition has been launched to let farmers tell Ottawa how much money they are paying in carbon tax. The President of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers says it’s very apparent on propane and natural gas bills for grain drying. Gunter Jochum says in some cases, the carbon tax portion is as high as [...]