Bill C-234

Enabling farmers and ranchers to unleash their full potential as climate solutions providers

Bill C-234 allows farmers the capital to make the investments on-farm that will drive energy efficiencies and support practices that will help the environment, including energy efficient grain dryers, precision agriculture technologies, anaerobic digesters, and solar panels.

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Send a letter to MP {name here} using the form below to voice your support for Bill C-234.

I am a Farmer

Dear Member of Parliament,

As a Canadian farmer and your constituent, I write today to ask for your support and vote in favour of Bill C-234, An Act to amend the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act at third reading.

Farmers require propane and natural gas to dry our grain, irrigate our land and heat and cool our barns. A carbon price on fuel used for necessary on-farm practices is punitive and ultimately hinders Canada’s food security and farmers’ ability to invest in the sustainability of our operations.

As it stands, the federal carbon price already exempts most gasoline and diesel fuels for on-farm use; however, we are facing dramatic price increases on these fuels and rising prices on natural gas and propane. Bill C-234 seeks to expand the definition of eligible farm machinery in the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act to extend the exemption for qualifying farming fuel to marketable natural gas and propane. It will provide much-needed economic relief to farmers for critical farming practices, such as grain drying and irrigation, that have no viable fuel alternative.

As a farmer, I try to be as judicious as possible in my use of inputs, whether that be gas and diesel, fertilizer, seed or natural gas and propane. They are amongst the highest costs to operate my family farm. Unfortunately, I have no viable alternatives to natural gas or propane to dry my grain, irrigate my land, and heat and cool my barn.

Investments in sustainable and productive technologies such as precision agriculture can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. Having the working capital to make these investments is critical. Bill C-234 will keep more dollars on our kitchen tables, enabling farmers to make investments that will augment the sector’s potential to further lower emissions and sequester carbon while feeding Canadians and driving our food exports.

We need your support via this legislation to help us stay competitive, innovative, and sustainable so that we can all share in a secure and prosperous future for Canada’s agricultural sector.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Investments in these technologies can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and, when no alternative exists, carbon surcharges pull capital away from these critical investments that would augment the sector’s potential to further reduce emissions.

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Competitiveness is critical to Canadian and global food security.

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No viable alternative
fuel sources.

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Input costs are the greatest expense to farmers.*

* Carbon surcharges on natural gas and propane limit farmers’ ability to invest in efficiencies which would reduce emissions.

To support farmers in these efforts, Bill C-234 seeks to amend the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act to extend the exemption for qualifying farming fuel to marketable natural gas and propane.