Regulatory Initiative: Livestock Deferral - Forward Regulatory Plan 2018-2020

Title or working title of the regulatory initiative:

Livestock Deferral

Description of the objective:

Amendments to the Income Tax Regulations: Livestock deferral. A tax deferral is provided to farmers who dispose of “breeding animals” or “breeding bees” in a year due to drought or excess moisture conditions. To qualify for this deferral, a farm has to be identified as being in an area that suffers from drought or excess moisture conditions in the year and that is prescribed for the year in the Income Tax Regulations. Such prescriptions usually take place each year.

Indication of business impacts:

The Small Business Lens is not expected to apply.

Public consultation opportunities:

The list of regions that may be prescribed for a year is developed through consultations held by the Department of Agriculture and Agri-Food with various parties, including provincial agriculture and municipal affairs departments, municipalities, farm associations, and crop insurers.

A preliminary list of regions to be recommended for a year is typically announced by the Department of Agriculture and Agri-Food in September of each year, and a final list is typically announced in December of each year. Canadians in general are given opportunities to comment on the regions recommended to be prescribed as part of the consultations held by the Department of Agriculture and Agri-Food prior to announcement of the final list of recommended regions for a year. Information on these announcements is available through Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's website.

Departmental contact:

Consultations and Communications Branch
Department of Finance Canada
14th floor
90 Elgin Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0G5

Phone: 613-369-3710
Facsimile: 613-369-4065
TTY: 613-369-3230

For more information

To learn about upcoming or ongoing consultations on proposed federal regulations, visit the Canada Gazette and Consulting with Canadians websites.