BY Maureen Kubinec
On March 7, our government tabled a budget that includes some tough measures to address our province’s current fiscal situation.
One of those measures is the removal of the Farm Fuel Distribution Allowance portion of the Alberta Farm Fuel Benefit Program. The 6-cent-per-litre Farm Fuel Distribution Allowance, which was unique to Alberta, applied to marked diesel, marked renewable diesel and heating fuel for eligible farm operations.
This decision was not made lightly. Our priority continues to be building an agriculture industry that is competitive and sustainable. To this end, we are focusing dollars on programs – such as research, industry and market development, food safety, and rural development – that will help achieve the best long-term results for the agriculture sector, our producers and our communities.
While the elimination of the Farm Fuel Distribution Allowance brings Alberta closer in line to fuel benefits provided to producers in other prairie provinces, Alberta’s farm fuel program is still among the best in Canada.
Alberta producers will continue to receive a 9-cent- per-litre provincial tax exemption on marked gasoline and diesel for their farm operations. They will retain their farm fuel numbers and farm plates.
For more information about the change to the Alberta Farm Fuel Benefit Program, I encourage you to visit the Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development website at www.agric.gov.ab.ca, email AFFB@gov.ab.ca or call the department’s Edmonton office at 780-422-9167 (toll-free by first dialing 310-0000).
Maureen Kubinec, MLA