Saskatchewan submitted its own plan after the Supreme Court ruled in March that the federal government could impose a tax on provinces. | File photo

Federal government says no to Saskatchewan’s carbon plan

Ottawa has rejected Saskatchewan’s plan to replace the federal carbon tax with its own carbon pricing system. Premier Scott Moe, in a statement released July 12, said the federal government also indicated it would not accept any further submissions until 2023. “Saskatchewan’s submission would have protected families, jobs and industries while exceeding the federal minimum […] Read more

Saskatchewan submitted its own plan after the Supreme Court ruled in March that the federal government could impose a tax on provinces. | File photo

Feds reject Sask. carbon plan

Ottawa has rejected Saskatchewan’s plan to replace the federal carbon tax with its own carbon pricing system. Premier Scott Moe, in a statement released July 12, said the federal government also indicated it would not accept any further submissions until 2023. “Saskatchewan’s submission would have protected families, jobs and industries while exceeding the federal minimum […] Read more

The Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) released the document June 23 assessing impacts of the government’s plan to exceed 2030 Paris reduction targets for Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions. | Screencap via pbo-dpb.gc.ca

Carbon tax hike impact on ag ‘small’

An increased carbon levy and other measures aimed at achieving Canada’s emissions targets won’t affect agriculture relative to other industries, according to a new report. The Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) released the document June 23 assessing impacts of the government’s plan to exceed 2030 Paris reduction targets for Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions. “Our assessment shows […] Read more


The $50 million fund announced by federal special representative for the Prairies, Jim Carr, on June 16 is part of a $165 million Agricultural Green Technology Program, but is focused specifically on funding farm grain drying systems that reduce the use of fossil fuels like propane and natural gas. | Screencap via Twitter/@mclaudebibeau

Feds tout biomass-burning grain dryer

Ditching carbon taxes and giving grants for greener grain drying is evidence of a federal government that listens to farmers, said federal special representative for the Prairies Jim Carr. “It’s a day when the government of Canada shows that it has heard from producers. It has taken action that is meaningful and impactful,” said Carr […] Read more

The carbon tax will add about 11 cents per litre for gasoline and diesel next year, growing to almost 40 cents by 2030. | File photo

Carbon taxes will have costly impact for Canadian farms

In our last article we discussed the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision to back the federal government on its ability to set carbon pricing limits over the objection of three provinces that maintained this was usurping provincial constitutional rights. But what is the impact of the carbon tax on your household costs? Most visible is […] Read more


It would be nice if Agriculture Canada would emphasize farming’s contribution to the fight against greenhouse gas emissions, says the writer. | Mike Sturk photo

Farmers green before it was trendy

The government of Canada has endorsed an ambitious agenda to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This agenda has resulted in setting targets that will be hard to meet unless significant changes are made in the way Canadians undertake various activities. The government has also identified farming activities as a key culprit in greenhouse gas emissions. The […] Read more

The committee has been hearing witnesses on C-206, introduced by Conservative MP Philip Lawrence, since early March. The bill intends to provide an exemption for propane and natural gas used for grain drying. | File photo

Federal official questions MP’s grain drying bill

House committee hears witnesses in study of private member’s bill that would exempt grain drying from carbon tax

The House of Commons agriculture committee was set to conduct clause-by-clause consideration of a private member’s bill to amend the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act on May 11. The committee has been hearing witnesses on C-206, introduced by Conservative MP Philip Lawrence, since early March. The bill intends to provide an exemption for propane and […] Read more

Farmers had asked for the tax on natural gas and propane to be exempt from Ottawa’s price on pollution after skyrocketing costs from drying grain during the wet harvest of 2019. | Getty Images

Carbon tax refunded on natural gas, propane

Federal government commits in its budget to returning some of the money collected on those fuels; details expected later

The federal government says it recognizes farmers’ use of natural gas and propane and will return some of the carbon tax paid on those fuels. The April 19 budget, the first since 2019 and the first delivered by finance minister Chrystia Freeland, estimated farmers in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario could receive $100 million in […] Read more


Farmers had asked for the tax on natural gas and propane to be exempt from Ottawa’s price on pollution after skyrocketing costs from drying grain during the wet harvest of 2019. | Getty Images

Carbon tax returned on natural gas, propane

The federal government says it recognizes farmers’ use of natural gas and propane and will return some of the carbon tax paid on those fuels. The April 19 budget, the first since 2019 and the first delivered by finance minister Chrystia Freeland, estimated farmers in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario could receive $100 million in […] Read more

Saskatchewan will be developing output-based carbon protocols to sell in an international market. Carbon that is already being stored, through methods like zero till, may not have value on that market. Time will tell. | File photo

Saskatchewan premier faces challenging decision on carbon

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe said farmers should be credited for two decades of carbon sequestration despite the federal government’s apparent intentions to discount it. Having lost at the Supreme Court of Canada, Moe is now in the unenviable position of having to introduce a carbon tax, also known as a pricing policy, of his own. […] Read more