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.
The Canadian Beef Check-Off Agency administers the Canadian Beef Cattle Check-Off; a mandatory levy collected on cattle sales throughout Canada to fund research and marketing activities on behalf of the entire industry. It is collected from cattle producers when they market their cattle by provincial organizations, using their existing collection systems involving auction markets, order buyers, brand inspectors and others who handle cattle sales.
The Canadian Beef Cattle Check-Off provides industry funding for the Beef Cattle Research Council responsible for the industry’s national research program, Canada Beef for market development and promotion, and for public and stakeholder engagement, administered by the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) in partnership with Canada Beef and under the oversight of the Canadian Beef Advisors.
While the Canadian Beef Cattle Check-Off provides the core industry funding for research and marketing programs, it does not fully cover the costs of all programs and activities. Supplementary funding is available through government programs, and is obtained by leveraging the Canadian Beef Cattle Check-Off through the investments into research, market development and promotion.
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.