The Canola Levy
A 75 cent ($0.75) per tonne levy on Saskatchewan produced canola is collected. Under provincial government legislation, the levy must be collected by buyers at the time of sale. The buyers forward the levy to SaskCanola. Saskatchewan canola producers should always check their grain tickets to ensure that the appropriate levy has been assessed. Canola levy is based on the province in which the crop is grown and not on the farm or business address.
SaskCanola is a producer-directed organization that provides value to Saskatchewan canola producers by guiding levy contributions to fund research projects, extension events, policy development, and promotion activities. Levy benefits to your farm include:
Research: Since 1991, SaskCanola has invested in over 417 research projects to improve canola agronomy, trait development, and the utilization of canola oil and meal. Every $1 that SaskCanola commits to research projects is matched by $2 of partner funding resulting in collaborative research where Saskatchewan-specific findings can be applied on-farm to improve profitability.
Grower Relations: Meetings are held across Saskatchewan to extend agronomic and farm management information to farmers, resulting in enhanced canola production knowledge that can be applied on-farm to improve profitability. As well, we offer a leadership development program for farmers that are giving back to Saskatchewan communities and the agriculture industry.
Public Affairs: SaskCanola advocates on farmers’ behalf to government at both provincial and national levels. By working collaboratively with our partners in the canola industry and other agriculture associations, we are able to have a stronger voice to impact change for farmers. We are dedicated to developing policy solutions to address the issues that farmers face, resulting in a prosperous and sustainable farming industry.
Canola Promotion: SaskCanola partners with The Heart & Stroke Foundation, Diabetes Canada, Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan and Agriculture in the Classroom Saskatchewan, as well as food influencers, such as dietitians and chefs, to share canola’s story, health benefits, and the farm to table connection with consumers. These efforts aim to increase the use of canola oil, and maintain and grow demand for Canadian canola.
Without your levy support, SaskCanola is less able to invest in issues that impact you on your farm. We encourage you to talk with us about your decision to apply for a levy refund. It affects your farm, your crop, and our industry.
Your levy may be refunded annually upon request and is based on your canola sales for the period of August 1 to July 31.
Levy Refund Application Process
- Contact our office and we will send you the current year's levy refund application form.
- A separate application form must be submitted for each producer or business requesting a refund.
- The form must have a personal name or business name and complete mailing address.
- Application forms must be signed. Unsigned forms will be returned.
- If you are mailing your application form, phone the number on the form to confirm receipt.
- Applications for refunds may be submitted to SaskCanola anytime during the crop year (August 1 to July 31), and must be received no later than August 31 of the year in which you are requesting your refund. By regulation, SaskCanola has no authority to process a late application.