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A vineyard at Naramata in B.C.’s Okanagan Valley. (File photo by Dave Bedard)

B.C. again waives ag income threshold for farm properties

Some farms otherwise risked property tax reclassification

British Columbia farmers who’ve taken pandemic-induced losses in farm income will be able to keep their farm properties classified as such for another tax year. The province on Monday announced that for the second year running, it will waive the minimum farm income thresholds normally required for B.C. properties to be classified as farms for

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Manitoba’s education tax phase-out begins

Budget pledges a 25 per cent rebate cheque in 2021; existing farmland school tax rebate to be reduced

Manitoba’s latest budget follows through on a move the government telegraphed in last fall’s throne speech, by starting a phased removal of education tax on farm and residential properties. Finance Minister Scott Fielding’s budget, released Wednesday, calls for about $248 million in education tax rebates in 2021 alone for about 658,000 property owners. Owners of


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Saskatchewan to pare school tax mill rate for farmland

EPT mill rates to rise for residential, other properties

Saskatchewan’s latest budget taps down the education property tax (EPT) mill rate it sets on farmland, while raising those mill rates on other property classes. The provincial government, in Tuesday’s budget, set the provincewide EPT mill rate on agricultural land for 2021 at 1.36, down slightly from the previous rate of 1.43. EPT mill rates

The Pallister government has reconfirmed its commitment to removing education taxes from farmland.

Pallister committed to education tax phase out

That’s just one of several election promises included in the new Manitoba government’s throne speech

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister says he’s committed to phasing out education taxes on farmland and other property over 10 years starting in 2022 when the Manitoba government’s books are expected to be balanced. It’s a promise welcomed by farmers who say the burden of funding schools in rural areas has shifted disproportionally to them because

Manitoba farmers say local education taxes on farmland are unfair and want the provincial government to do something about it.

Education tax model ‘flawed’ says Eichler

The agriculture minister agrees farmers pay more than their share, but says there’s not much he can do about it

Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler concedes Manitoba farmers get a raw deal on farmland education taxes — but he also says relief won’t be immediate. “We know there are a number of funding models that would look better,” Eichler said during a question period following his speech at the Keystone Agricultural Producers’ (KAP) 35th annual meeting


Taxing times

Taxing times

Rising farmland values means farmers are paying more education taxes relative to other property owners

When farmers wrap up harvest and open property tax bills, some will be in for a nasty surprise. Bill Toews of Kane certainly was. The retired farmer says the total tax bill (municipal and education) on one of his quarter sections in the Rural Municipality of Roland jumped $1,004, up 30 per cent from last

overhead view of farmland

Farmland school tax reforms may be coming

KAP officials sense the Manitoba government might make changes during its current mandate

There was good and bad news on farmland taxes at the Keystone Agricultural Producers’ (KAP) advisory council meeting here July 13. The bad news is KAP hasn’t convinced a single municipality or the Manitoba government to implement changes to reduce the tax burden on farmland. The good news is there are signs reforms to education



Rob Brunel, Ste. Rose Municipality mayor and farmer.

Need for tax reform raised at Association of Manitoba Municipalities convention

Provincial finance minister says province is looking at “some bold new ideas on the subject” while also seeking ways 
to ease tax pressure on farmers in the shorter term

Municipal leaders made a plea to the province’s new government last week to rethink how property is assessed as a way of reducing a widening gulf between urban and rural taxpayers’ property taxes. Mayor of Ste. Rose Municipality and farmer Rob Brunel was among the first to the microphones as Premier Brian Pallister and his provincial cabinet assembled