Producer Check-offs

provincial Check-Offs

Canadian Beef Cattle Check-Off

Producer Check-off

Beef producers across Canada pay a mandatory check-off levy to their respective provinces on each animal marketed. The value of the check-off and collection process varies across the provinces. Mandated provincially, the total check-off levy collected by each respective provincial organization consists of a 'Canadian Beef Cattle Check-Off’ portion and a ‘provincial check-off ’ portion.

Canadian Beef Cattle Check-off


The ‘Canadian Beef Cattle Check-Off ’ portion is a mandatory levy of $1 per head. It is collected on cattle sales throughout Canada to fund research and marketing activities on behalf of the entire industry. The Canadian Beef Cattle Check-Off is administered by the Canadian Beef Cattle Research, Market Development and Promotion Agency (also known as the Canadian Beef Cattle Check-Off Agency or the Agency), established under the Farm Products Council of Canada. The national check-off does not fund programs or operations associated with lobbying through the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association.

What it Funds

The Canadian Beef Cattle Check-Off provides industry funding for the Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC), responsible for the industry’s national research program, funding for Canada Beef (CB), responsible for marketing Canadian beef domestically and internationally, and an industry Issues Management role, currently housed at the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA), to prioritize and proactively address public confidence around production practices.

Provincial Check-off


The mandatory ‘provincial check-off’ is collected on cattle sold in each province throughout Canada to fund provincial programs and operations, as well as the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA). The provincial assessments/dollars paid to CCA are based on yearly cattle marketing records for each province as a percentage of the total Canadian marketing. Although mandatory, the provincial portion of the check-off is refundable on request by producers in some provinces.

What it Funds

Activities funded by the provincial portion of the check-off include trade and advocacy, policy development, provincial or regional research, and provincial marketing and promotion.

The following table summarizes the check-off levies collected by each province:

Total Check-off per animal each time it is sold Allocated to province Allocated to Canadian Beef Cattle Check-Off(mandatory and non-refundable) Distribution of the Canadian Beef Cattle Check-Off portion (2017/18 projected on net** check-off dollars as determined by each province)
British Columbia $5.00 $2.50 (refundable) $2.50 72% marketing, 25% research,
3% issues mgmt, 0% provincial
Alberta $4.50 $2.00 (refundable) $2.50 50% marketing, 44% research, 6% issues management
Saskatchewan $4.50 $2.00 (refundable) $2.50 65% marketing, 30% research, 5% issues management
Manitoba $5.50 $3.00 (refundable) $2.50 67.5% marketing, 23% research, 3% issues management, 6.5% provincial initiatives
Ontario $4.00 $3.00

17.4% marketing, 30.6% research, 52% provincial initiatives

Quebec Varies between cattle class, ranging from $5.04/head bob calves to $9.05/fed cattle to $13.79/head cull cows $2.50 100% provincial initiatives
New Brunswick $6.00 $3.50
$2.50 30% marketing, 30% research; 40% provincial initiatives
Nova Scotia $6.00 $3.50
$2.50 30% marketing, 30% research; 40% provincial initiatives
PEI $6.00 $3.50
$2.50 30% marketing, 30% research; 40% provincial initiatives
*Visit the provincial organization website to learn more about check-off levies in each province.
** Net check-off dollars following the deduction of administration by the Canadian Beef Check-Off Agency