The BCAC advocates for BC farmers and ranchers as well as the entire agricultural sector on a variety of federal, provincial and regional government issues. In doing so, we strive to ensure our actions and opinions always reflect the best interests of BC agriculture and local communities. Read the updates below to learn more about the latest results from government action that the BCAC has been involved with.
The Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) Referendum of August 2011 saw British Columbians voting in favour of returning to the old Provincial Sales Tax (PST...
The Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) Referendum of August 2011 saw British Columbians voting in favour of returning to the old Provincial Sales Tax (PST) system. For several years prior to HST implementation, the BCAC had worked with the BC government to reform the PST system for agriculture. As the HST is phased out, the alternatives previously developed will now have to be explored again. Simply reintroducing the old PST system is a poor option for BC agriculture. Food production should not be taxed. The BCAC will continue to work with government to explore options.
British Columbia is the only jurisdiction in North America with an environmental tax policy known as the Carbon Tax. It has added about $45...
British Columbia is the only jurisdiction in North America with an environmental tax policy known as the Carbon Tax. It has added about $45 million in direct annual costs to the production of food in BC. It will jump to $65 million annually following the proposed increase in 2012. As a result, many affected BC farm businesses are seriously considering relocation to more tax-friendly areas outside of the province. The BCAC met with the BC Minister of Agriculture in November 2011 to highlight the repercussions that the Carbon Tax has on farmers and local food production. The BCAC initiated discussions with the BC Ministry of Agriculture to move toward a more sustainable policy such as the elimination of the Carbon Tax on growing food.