Farm fuel purchased at cardlocks will be exempt from the federal carbon tax when it comes into force April 1. | File photo

Cardlock fuel wins carbon tax exemption

Farm fuel purchased at cardlocks will be exempt from the federal carbon tax when it comes into force April 1. Draft regulations released in the March 19 federal budget included a provision for the exemption, but with a 30-day comment period. That led to some confusion as to when exactly the exemption would be in […] Read more

Charlie Matus of Martensville, Sask., fills up at the Co-op Cardlock in Rosthern, Sask., March 9. Saskatchewan farmers are upset at the news that the carbon tax exemption on farm fuel may not apply to purchases made at card lock facilities.  |  William DeKay photo

Fuel at card locks may face tax

The federal carbon tax comes into effect April 1 but farmers are concerned that farm fuel purchased at card locks may not be exempt by then. Delegates to last month’s Canadian Federation of Agriculture annual meeting heard that the carbon tax would be applied to card lock purchases even though fuels for on-farm use are […] Read more

Fuel used on the farm is supposed to be exempt from the federal carbon tax. However, in a March 6 news release, the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan said farm fuels purchased at cardlock locations may not qualify for the exemption. | File photo

Carbon tax exemption may not apply to cardlock fuels

Saskatchewan’s general farm organization is calling on the federal ministers of finance and environment to make immediate changes to how farm fuels are treated under the Greenhouse Gas Pricing Act that comes into effect in Saskatchewan April 1. Fuel used on the farm is supposed to be exempt from the federal carbon tax. However, in […] Read more


The price of carbon taxes for agriculture in Canada isn’t publicly known, despite farmers and agricultural industry players’ needs for that information. | File photo

Carbon tax estimates uncertain

The price of carbon taxes for agriculture in Canada isn’t publicly known, despite farmers and agricultural industry players’ needs for that information. It appears the federal government had more estimates than it has readily shared in the past few years and it still isn’t easy to find some of the important costs that farmers will […] Read more

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a public, town-hall style meeting in Regina January 10. | Karen Briere photo

Trudeau challenged on carbon tax at Regina town hall

At a town hall meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau yesterday in Regina, questions about immigration, housing costs and even government spying in peoples’ bedrooms came up before Jason Leblanc of Estevan, Sask., could finally ask about the federal carbon tax. Nearly an hour into the Jan. 10 public event at the University of Regina, […] Read more


APAS President Todd Lewis announces the decision to seek intervenor status in the province's Court of Appeal reference case on the carbon tax as APAS opened its annual meeting today in Regina. | Twitter/@APASGenMgr photo

APAS wants role in carbon tax case

The Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan has applied for intervenor status in the province’s Court of Appeal reference case on the carbon tax. President Todd Lewis announced the decision as APAS opened its annual meeting today in Regina. “APAS members believe that their perspective on the federal carbon backstop policy needs to be heard,” he […] Read more

Tristan Skolrud says the ag sector contributes about 10 percent to national emissions and the vast majority of that is not carbon dioxide from fuel — it’s nitrous oxide and methane. “And all of those emissions are exempt under the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act.”
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Prof downplays carbon tax’s farm impact

U of S researcher says most agricultural emissions are nitrous oxide and methane, which are exempt from the new tax

Farmers are worrying more about the carbon tax than they should, says an agricultural economist, especially since they get a huge exemption that isn’t often discussed. Tristan Skolrud from the University of Saskatchewan has been studying the issue for a couple of years and said farmers are right to be concerned about carbon, but they […] Read more

The farm exemption includes fuel used in tractors, trucks and machinery only on the farm. | File photo

Farmers unhappy with feds’ carbon tax plan

Farmers say on-farm fuel exemptions from Canada’s price-on-pollution plan aren’t enough. Ottawa announced its plan for the four provinces that don’t have a carbon pricing system Oct. 23, touting farm exemptions, rural top-ups and climate action incentive payments. In Saskatchewan the average household would receive an incentive payment of $598 in 2019 while paying only […] Read more


Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe argues that farmland is an enormous carbon sink, sequestering millions of tonnes of carbon dioxide every year.  |  File photo

Canadians support Sask. on carbon

The Angus Reid Institute recently published a new national public opinion poll indicating that seven out of 10 Canadians believe the Government of Saskatchewan was right to challenge Prime Minister Justine Trudeau’s carbon tax in court, while two-thirds of Canadians believe it should be the provinces, not Ottawa, that determine the appropriate path to reduce […] Read more

Rural leaders say a study that shows a potential $16-billion hit to Saskatchewan’s gross domestic product from a carbon tax is exactly why one shouldn’t be imposed.
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Sask. study finds $16 billion carbon tax hit

Rural leaders say a study that shows a potential $16-billion hit to Saskatchewan’s gross domestic product from a carbon tax is exactly why one shouldn’t be imposed. The study, which was conducted by the University of Regina’s institute for Energy, Environment and Sustainable Communities and paid for by the province, examined the economic and environmental […] Read more