While the federal carbon price offers relief for gasoline and light fuel oil costs used in tractors and trucks, there is no exemption for grain drying or heating. | File photo

Carbon tax raises grain drying costs: farmers

Producers say the rebates offered by the federal government won’t fully cover the costs that they have to pay

Farmers struggling to get their crops harvested in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta will also pay more for drying those crops, thanks to the federal carbon levy. While the federal carbon price offers relief for gasoline and light fuel oil costs used in tractors and trucks, there is no exemption for grain drying or heating. The […] Read more

As expected, Saskatchewan has appealed the court ruling that found Ottawa had the constitutional authority to impose a carbon tax. | File photo

Sask. appeals carbon tax ruling

As expected, Saskatchewan has appealed the court ruling that found Ottawa had the constitutional authority to impose a carbon tax. Justice Minister Don Morgan announced May 31 that the official notice had been filed to the Supreme Court of Canada. Related story: Court: carbon tax constitutional – Moe confirms appeal The government has asked the […] Read more

Premier Jason Kenney said the repeal will free up a tax burden of nearly $1.4 billion, as well as create 6,000 jobs, saving the average small business $4,500 per year and the average family $1,150 annually. | File photo

Alberta carbon tax to end May 30

The new Alberta UCP government introduced legislation today to kill the contentious carbon tax, eliminating extra costs for home heating and fuel. The government says the tax will officially be scrapped on May 30 at 12:01 a.m. Premier Jason Kenney said the repeal will free up a tax burden of nearly $1.4 billion, as well […] Read more


Saskatchewan's Court of Appeal says the federal carbon tax is constitutionally sound.  |  File photo

Court rules carbon tax constitutional

Saskatchewan will appeal the court decision that found Ottawa has the authority to impose a carbon tax. Premier Scott Moe said the 3-2 split among the opinions of the five justices makes for a strong argument. “We will be closely reviewing today’s ruling and it will be appealed to the Supreme Court of Canada,” he […] Read more

Premier-elect Jason Kenney has suggested he would scrap Energy Efficiency Alberta, the agency that helps dole out funding raised through the carbon tax levy, but instead create what’s called the Technology Innovation and Emissions Reductions program, which would fund clean technologies to reduce carbon emissions. | File photo

Provincial or federal: which carbon tax is cheaper?

Alberta farmers can expect to initially pay less for a carbon tax under the federal government if the provincial program is scrapped, but costs will creep up in the future. The carbon tax will remain in Alberta no matter who forms the next provincial government, but the costs of the tax will depend on who’s […] Read more


Indirect costs, such as in transportation, are among the reasons for the sometimes fierce opposition to the carbon tax on the Prairies.  |  File photo

Why farm groups oppose carbon tax

Agricultural groups were quick to dismiss the federal government’s announcement of a carbon tax, condemning Ottawa for imposing costs on their operations. Farmers in Western Canada were particularly incensed. After investing in zero-tillage practices that sequester massive amounts of carbon into the soil, they are still being forced to pay a tax. Amid the cacophony […] Read more

Calculating the cost of a carbon tax

The Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan says crop sector could see costs increase by $2 to $4 an acre


Saskatchewan’s general farm organization has come up with an estimate of how much the federal carbon tax will cost the province’s grain and oilseed producers. And the figure likely won’t sit well with farmers. According to number crunchers at the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan, average production costs will increase by $2 an acre in […] Read more

As many as 800 vehicles representing all types of industries gathered at Regina’s Evraz Place April 4 to protest the federal carbon tax.  |  Karen Briere photo

Sask. rally protests carbon tax

Truck after truck after truck drove into Regina April 4 heading to a rally to protest the recently imposed federal carbon tax. The convoy of all sizes and types of trucks from several industries gathered at various locations in southern Saskatchewan before converging at a single site to enter the city. Organizers estimated as many […] Read more


The solar panels that Jordan Schuurman installed on his barn near Kavanagh, Alta., were partly funded by the carbon tax. He says they have reduced electricity costs significantly.   |  Jeremy Simes photo

Carbon tax remains thorny subject in Alberta

Most farmers are opposed to the levy because they consider it a cash grab, but a few say they don’t mind paying it

Jordan Schuurman has a different take than most farmers on Alberta’s carbon tax. The Edmonton-area dairy farmer doesn’t mind paying the levy, but he makes it clear he’s no environmental activist and is generally wary of government programs. But, he said, his solar panels that were partly funded by the contentious tax have been helpful […] Read more

Farmers, oilfield workers, small business owners and many others, most from Saskatchewan but some from other provinces, were among more than 1,000 people who came to the city, horns blaring, to hear from organizers and conservative politicians who want the tax eliminated. | Karen Briere photo

Regina rally protests the carbon tax

More than 800 vehicles converged on Regina’s Evraz Place today to protest the federal carbon tax. Farmers, oilfield workers, small business owners and many others, most from Saskatchewan but some from other provinces, were among more than 1,000 people who came to the city, horns blaring, to hear from organizers and conservative politicians who want […] Read more