Manitoba agri-businesses calling for propane to be added to fuel tax bill

Winnipeg, December 4, 2023 - The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is pleased to see the Manitoba Government expand the fuel tax holiday bill to include marked fuel, or dyed gasoline. We have heard from members in the agriculture industry that the original legislation was too narrow, so this is a positive first step. However, we continue to hear from business owners who would like to see propane added to the list of fuels that will be exempt from the provincial fuel tax as of January 1, 2024. 

Expanding the bill to include propane would provide additional savings advantages for all Manitobans, particularly farmers and agri-businesses.

“According to CFIB's November Monthly Business Barometer, 88% of agri-businesses say fuel and energy costs are the number one cost constraint their businesses are facing,” said Brianna Solberg, Director of Provincial Affairs for CFIB. “We appreciate the Manitoba government recognizing the importance of providing cost relief, and we hope to see the province continue to take steps to help small businesses in all sectors survive and thrive - including agriculture,” Solberg concluded.

To add your voice to CFIB’s calls for additional cost relief from the provincial government, click here to sign our petition.

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Brianna Solberg, CFIB

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