CARBON TAX

Updated: March 13, 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

Carbon Pricing Rebates Return a Portion to Farmers

CALGARY, AB: Yesterday’s Federal Government announcement of the Climate Action Incentive Fund (CAIF) is simply a way to bribe farmers with their own money. CAIF will be available to farmers in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and New Brunswick. “While the federal government continues to apply and collect a carbon tax on almost everything farmers use, our […]

GX on Agriculture Podcast: Director Cherilyn Jolly-Nagel on Fed’s Climate Action Incentive Fund

Director Cherilyn Jolly-Nagel, Saskatchewan Director on the board of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association, talks about the federal government's climate action incentive fund. Listen at 6:20.

Wheat Growers Oppose Carbon Tax Ruling

CALGARY, AB: The Western Canadian Wheat Growers is disappointed by today’s ruling that the federal government may impose a carbon tax onto the provinces. “Today’s ruling denies the premise that provinces are best able to deal with the issues that impact them. Agriculture environmental policy and its implementation is best managed by the provincial government […]

Wheat Growers Congratulates Premier Kenney and the UCP

CALGARY, AB: The Western Canadian Wheat Growers would like to congratulate Premier Elect Jason Kenney and the United Conservative Party on their strong win in Alberta. “Wheat Growers support the values of lower taxes, smaller government and the elimination of the ill-formed carbon tax. We look forward to working with the new provincial government to […]

Wheat Growers Oppose the Imposition of a Carbon Tax

CALGARY, AB: The imposition of a carbon tax on Saskatchewan and Manitoba farmers is not an April Fools Joke. As the federal government forces an unwanted carbon tax onto farmers on April 1, the federal government is reducing farmers profit margins even further. “The carbon tax will financially hurt farmers. At a time when there […]

No-surprise budget pleases Sask. farm groups

Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association director Daryl Fransoo said the government helps farmers with more than money. “As the Western Canadian Wheat Growers, we don’t need more funding. We need a government that will fight for us like they are doing on the canola aspect, like they are doing with the carbon tax,” he said.

Federal Budget Fails Entrepreneurial Grain Farmers

CALGARY, AB: The Western Canadian Wheat Growers put a failing grade on the 2019 Federal Budget announced yesterday. What little is contained in the budget for agriculture only fixes problems that the federal government has previously created. The new exclusion of the carbon tax on cardlock fuel should never have been necessary. Compensation for sectors […]

Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association Frustrated With Federal Carbon Tax

The Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association believes that the coalition opposing the federal carbon tax is the right and necessary step.

Alberta farmers await Saskatchewan court decision on carbon tax

Alberta wheat farmers are cheering on the Saskatchewan government in its battle against the federal carbon tax. “It’s more important than just the wheat. Whether you’re a corn grower, barley, wheat or canola, this impacts all of us," said Director Matt Sawyer.

Wheat Growers Support Saskatchewan Government Action Against a Federally Imposed Carbon Tax

CALGARY, AB: The Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association supports the action taken by the Province of Saskatchewan, and others, to oppose the imposition of a carbon tax by the federal government. “Farmers will fully bear the cost of this tax, shrinking our margins even further. We have no way to pass these costs on to […]

A “Price on Pollution” is a Carbon Tax

CALGARY, AB: The release of the federal government’s carbon tax will further increase the price of inputs that farmers must bear. While the good news is that the farm use of gas and diesel fuel will be exempt, there are many other input costs that the government is adding a carbon tax to. “The cost of […]

Manitoba is Aboard the “No Carbon Tax” Train

CALGARY, AB: The Western Canadian Wheat Growers is pleased that one more province has rejected the proposed federal carbon tax. Manitoba has listened to its citizens across the province and opposed federal interference. "The Wheat Growers Association has argued for years that a tax on food production will hurt farmers, take away from our narrow [...]

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