A grocer posts the effects of a carbon tax in Australia in 2012, shortly after the tax was introduced.  |  Flickr/Stephan Ridgway photo

Bibeau still unconvinced of carbon pricing impact

OTTAWA — Canada’s Minister of Agriculture Marie-Claude Bibeau says she needs more evidence of how the federal carbon tax is affecting farms. During an interview at the end of 2019, Bibeau questioned the impact of levies used to curtail carbon emissions in agriculture and said she will seek more information. “We want to make sure […] Read more

Grain drying costs are a particular sore spot for prairie producers this year.  |  File photo

Sask., Man. work to prove carbon tax impact

OTTAWA — The Saskatchewan and Manitoba governments continue attempts to convince the federal government that its carbon tax puts farmers at a disadvantage. Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau recently suggested the federal carbon tax may not be disadvantaging farmers. She has questioned the impact of the tax on agriculture and has said she will continue […] Read more

According to a news release, the crown utility expects farmers will have to pay an extra $60 in 2020. The year-over-year increase for residential customers will be about 1.5 percent, or $22. | File photo

Carbon tax increasing on Sask. electricity

SaskPower has issued a reminder to customers that the federal carbon tax applied on its bills increases from $20 to $30 per tonne on Jan. 1. According to a news release, the crown utility expects farmers will have to pay an extra $60 in 2020. The year-over-year increase for residential customers will be about 1.5 […] Read more


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