Barley check-off

Saskatchewan’s barley check-off collection became mandatory August 1, 2013, at a rate of $0.50 per net tonne.

On August 1, 2017, SaskBarley took over the administration of the Western Canadian Deduction (WCD) check-off, which was $0.56 per tonne. This check-off is now part of the SaskBarley check-off, which is currently at a rate of $1.06 per net tonne.

The SaskBarley check-off is refundable upon request. Please contact 306-653-7232 for refund information.

History of the Western Canadian Deduction

The WCD was established by the federal government in 2012 as a transitional check-off on wheat and barley, with the intention that it would continue to provide stable funding for the Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre (CMBTC) and to research initiatives administered through the Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF). These initiatives included core funding agreements for public breeding and variety development, and cluster projects. Prior to 2012, an export check-off on barley sold by the Canadian Wheat Board provided funding to these programs.

However, the WCD was designed to be temporary; to provide an operational bridge until each newly established provincial grower commission, including SaskBarley, had the capacity to assume check-off responsibilities internally. The WCD expired July 31, 2017.