WHEREAS the agriculture sector in Alberta is vital to the provincial and federal economy, contributing to food security, rural development, and employment opportunities; and
WHEREAS the Inflation Reduction Act in the United States has introduced significant tax incentives and support programs for American agricultural producers, creating a competitive advantage over their Canadian counterparts; and
WHEREAS the disparity in tax incentives puts Canadian producers at a significant disadvantage, impacting their competitiveness, profitability, and ability to invest in innovation and sustainable practices; and
WHEREAS a joint effort between the governments of Alberta and Canada is necessary to address this disparity and ensure a level playing field for Canadian producers;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Rural Municipalities of Alberta (RMA) advocate to the Government of Alberta (GOA) to initiate meaningful dialogue with the Government of Canada (GOC) to explore opportunities for collaboration and partnerships in addressing the challenges posed by the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) and the competitive advantage it provides to the American agricultural sector; and
FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED that the RMA advocate for the GOA and the GOC to form a joint task force, including members from the RMA, industry, and agricultural groups, to evaluate the IRA’s impact on Canadian producers and recommend policy adjustments to enhance the competitiveness, sustainability, and resilience of Alberta’s agricultural sector.
The United States government passed the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) on August 16, 2022. The agricultural sector in Alberta, and across the country, has been concerned with the competitive advantage that the IRA provides to American agricultural producers and the agricultural sector relative to its Canadian counterparts. The legislation has provided numerous supports to, and unduly advances the interests of American industry sectors, including the agriculture sector. Through tax incentives and other programs and initiatives, Canadian agricultural producers and the burgeoning agricultural sector is put in a disadvantaged position which threatens the ability of the province and the country to grow and diversify the agricultural sector.
The IRA is poised to provide US$300-billion worth of tax credits, grants, and loans to fund various programs and initiatives, many targeted to include the agricultural sector. Without counteracting the IRA, the Canadian agriculture sector is at risk. Supports and programs included in the IRA that create a competitive advantage for the U.S. agriculture sector over Canadian interests include:
As of Dec. 31, 2024, the Act switches the existing blender’s credit for biodiesel and renewable diesel into a producer’s credit. Canadian producers, who had access to the blender’s credit when selling biofuels into the U.S. market, will no longer be eligible for the new producer’s credit, as it will only apply to U.S. based production. Further, U.S. producers will be able to collect the credit on fuels destined for export – this is not the case under the existing blender’s credit program. That means heavily subsidized U.S. biodiesel and renewable diesel will likely flow across the border into Canada impacting the Canadian producers and resulting in corporate and personal tax losses for provincial and federal governments. The impact will be significant – not only will Canadians lose access to the American market because they will not be able to compete, but Canadian producers are also to be disadvantaged, since subsidized American product will entering the Canadian marketplace, undercutting Canadian producers.
RMA has no active resolutions directly related to this issue.