Grain Farmers of Ontario lobby for carbon tax exemption

The Grain Farmers of Ontario, a collective representing a staggering 28,000 farmers, urges the federal government to exempt grain drying from the recent carbon tax increase, which took April 1st, 2024. The carbon tax has risen by $80 per tonne, up from $65 last year.

Farmers argue they have no viable alternatives to drying grain and that the current technology is essential for ensuring safe food storage. They believe the tax unfairly penalizes food production and raises consumer food costs at a time when many Canadians rely on food banks.

Grain Farmers of Ontario Chair Jeff Harrison emphasized the importance of drying grain for food safety and public health. He pointed out that both the provincial government and Members of Parliament understand this necessity. Premier Doug Ford issued a public statement on the carbon tax.  Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs Lisa Thompson sent a letter to the federal government signed by Ontario commodity organizations.

The Grain Farmers of Ontario request the federal Liberal government implement a grain drying exemption as soon as Parliament resumes after the Easter break. They firmly believe that Canadians’ food security and affordability could be severely compromised without this exemption.







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