WGRF currently has five sources of funds that are used to invest in Western Canadian field crop research.

  • Wheat Check-offs
  • Barley Check-offs
  • Endowment Fund
  • Royalties
  • Third Party Funds

Wheat and Barley check-offs

What you need to know about check-off collection

Western wheat and barley check-off deductions are made on sales of wheat and barley delivered to licensed grain buyers who issue cash purchase tickets effective August 1, 2012 to July 31, 2017. The Western Canadian Deduction (WCD) amounts are noted on the Cash Purchase Ticket provided on grains sales at Canadian Grain Commission-licensed facilities.

The check-offs apply to wheat and barley grown in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta (Alberta barley exempt), and the Peace River District of British Columbia. The check-offs support wheat and barley market and variety development. The check-offs do not apply to imports, producer-to-producer sales, and feed and exports not delivered through licensed facilities. Producers are able to request a refund of the check-off if they wish. These transitional check-offs are in addition to provincial check-offs.

In B.C.’s Peace Region:

  • $0.48/tonne for wheat
  • $0.56/tonne for barley

In Alberta:

  • $0.48/tonne for wheat
  • $0.04/tonne for barley (in addition to the existing $1.00/tonne collected provincially)

In Saskatchewan:

  • $0.48/tonne for wheat
  • $0.56/tonne for barley

In Manitoba:

  • $0.48/tonne for wheat
  • $0.56/tonne for barley

The Alberta Barley Commission is administering this program on behalf of the federal government. For more information about the collection of these funds please contact the Alberta Barley Commission at 1-800-265-9111 or visit wheatbarleycheckoff.com

The Western Canadian Deduction ends on July 31, 2017 and wheat and barley commissions/associations will assume responsibility for the consolidation of the WCD into their respective check-offs.

WGRF will remain invested in wheat and barley variety development through its ongoing agreements with research organizations developing new varieties and ongoing use of royalty funds.

For more information on changes to the wheat and barley check-offs, please contact your provincial wheat and/or barley commission.

WGRF Endowment Fund

In 1981, the federal government turned over nine million producer dollars from the discontinued Prairie Farm Assistance Act (PFAA).This funding became the base of the Endowment Fund.

The principal of the Endowment Fund is invested and the earnings are used to fund a wide variety of crop research. By managing the fund in this way, WGRF is looking to the long-term stability of crop research in Western Canada.

Valued at over $120 million, the WGRF Endowment Fund is large enough to have a significant impact on western Canadian agriculture. Research expenditures via the Endowment Fund provide WGRF with an opportunity to enhance the profitability and sustainability of producers in western Canada.

In 2000, the Federal Government named WGRF under the Canada Transportation Act as the organization to receive funds deemed to be in excess of the maximum revenue entitlements allowed for Canadian Pacific Railway Company (CP) and the Canadian National Railway Company (CN). The excess fund plus a five percent penalty are paid into the WGRF Endowment Fund.

As a producer I would prefer that the railways stay below their maximum revenue entitlements; however, when these entitlements are exceeded WGRF and its Board of Directors will invest these funds into field crop research to the benefit of all western Canadian farmers.

Dave Sefton, WGRF Board Chair


As part of its funding agreements with AAFC and the universities, WGRF receives a share of the royalties generated by wheat and barely varieties that were developed with check-off fundin g support.

Third Party Funding   

WGRF administers programs within Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Growing Forward program framework (Cluster 1: April 2010 to March 2013) and (Cluster 2: April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2018). Under this Program, WGRF acts as an administrator and treats third party funds as revenue, prior to payments to participating research institutions.