As the designated representative organization, SWCDC is authorized to collect a levy on all Winter Wheat, Fall Rye and Winter Triticale marketed in the province with the exception of winter wheat sold as seed. Funds collected from the levy are used by SWCDC to fund research into new varieties, agronomic practices, international and domestic marketing opportunities and education.
All buyers of Winter Wheat, Fall Rye and Winter Triticale for purposes other than seed are required to register with SWCDC, collect and remit the Winter Cereals levy on all purchases of Winter Wheat, Fall Rye and Winter Triticale. Producers and buyers may not exempt themselves from the levy collection process.
In The Winter Cereals Development Plan Regulations Chapter A-15.21 Reg. , the definitions state (g) “winter cereals” means winter wheat Triticum aestivum L, fall rye Secale cereale L and winter triticale X Triticosecale Wittmack. There is no reference to a grade designation in Winter Wheat varieties even though winter wheat may be classified as CWRW, General Purpose or Feed. Therefore, any winter wheat purchased under a grade designation other than seed is still subject to levy deduction as outlined in the regulations. This includes Hard Red, Soft Red and Soft White varieties.
As of August 1, 2018, the applicable levy is $1.00 per tonne of Winter Wheat, Fall Rye and Winter Triticale marketed. The levy is collected by the purchaser at time of “first sale”.