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

Federal Government Forgets About Grain Farmers

CALGARY, AB: With the release of the Fall Economic Statement 2020, agriculture and specifically grain farmers were expecting to be at least acknowledged as leading the economic recovery from COVID-19. “Grain farmers have met with Ottawa officials on numerous occasions and our voices have consistently fallen on deaf ears. Agriculture is a major economic driver […]

Carbon tax not electable position for leadership candidates

For many of you reading, this race will determine who leads your favoured party into the next election, whenever that may be. The frontrunners, Erin O’Toole and Peter MacKay, recently listed ending the carbon tax as their No. 1 priority for agriculture in a survey from the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association. That isn’t a […]

Gormley – Cherilyn Jolly-Nagel

Cherilyn Jolly-Nagel who farms near Mossbank, SK and is the director with the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association joins Gormley to talk about Saskatchewan agriculture’s impact on world trade and COVID-19 ramifications.

Western Canadian Wheat Growers upset with federal minister of Agriculture

Last week, Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau turned down a request for a carbon tax rebate on grain drying, calling the amount insignificant. Western Canadian Wheat Growers President Gunter Jochum disagrees, and wants her replaced.

Bibeau accused of underselling how grain farmers have been hurt by the carbon tax

The federal Liberals are significantly downplaying the financial hit of the carbon tax on farmers, the Conservative agriculture critic argued Wednesday. John Barlow, who represents a southern Alberta riding, said he’s seen bills from farmers who have had to pay an extra $2,000 per month because of the tax, despite estimates from Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude […]

Grain farming is the forgotten sector

The Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association remains dedicated to the values of free trade, open markets, and the entrepreneurial spirit that opened up the Canadian prairie decades ago. Unfortunately, our federal government has forgotten the important role that agriculture plays in our food security.

Wheat Growers Expressing Frustrations With Federal Government

The Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association (WCWGA) is expressing a number of frustrations with the federal government. President Gunter Jochum says a big concern is the carbon tax.

Wheat growers upset with feds

Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association representatives feel the federal government is not helping farmers address important issues

Western Canadian Wheat Growers Speak Out on the Federal Government

CALGARY, AB: Today the Western Canadian Wheat Growers released an open op-ed entitled: Grain Farmers – The Federal Government’s Forgotten Sector. The op-ed speaks to the challenges that grain farmers are currently facing, both before and during the COVID-19 crisis. Topics include carbon tax, environment, international trade, business risk management, crop insurance, transportation and broadband. […]

Carbon tax hike during a pandemic a cruel prank by the federal government

The Western Canadian Wheat Growers call upon the federal government to eliminate the carbon tax on agriculture by recognizing the carbon storage that we create annually. “It is imperative that we keep our grain farmers competitive globally, especially at a time such as this,” says Gunter Jochum, president of WCWG.

Western Canadian Wheat Growers calls for the cancellation of Federal Carbon Tax Implementation

With the April 1 implementation deadline looming, the Western Canadian Wheat Growers are calling for the federal government to eliminate the move to increase the carbon tax from $20 to $30/tonne for those provinces under the federal backstop.

Farm, trucking groups call for carbon tax break

In an April 1 news release, the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association urged Ottawa to eliminate the carbon tax on agriculture. “In the midst of a global pandemic, the federal government is using April Fool’s Day to increase the carbon tax from $20 per tonne to $30 per tonne,” WCWGA said.