Nitrate Reduction Act

An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (nitrate reduction)

This bill was last introduced in the 41st Parliament, 2nd Session, which ended in August 2015.

This bill was previously introduced in the 41st Parliament, 1st Session.


Jean Crowder  NDP

Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)


Introduced, as of Oct. 16, 2013
(This bill did not become law.)


This is from the published bill. The Library of Parliament often publishes better independent summaries.

This enactment provides a tax deduction for farmers and other landowners who establish a vegetative buffer zone to separate their real property from adjacent water bodies.


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Nitrate Reduction ActRoutine Proceedings

May 7th, 2012 / 3:20 p.m.
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Jean Crowder NDP Nanaimo—Cowichan, BC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-421, An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (nitrate reduction).

Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the member from Davenport for seconding this bill.

Today it is my privilege to table a bill that is the product of a contest entitled “Create Your Canada”, which was designed to engage young people in the political process. I want to thank all of those who entered. I want to thank the judges, who were the staff at the Nanaimo Youth Services Association, who reviewed submissions and selected this bill.

This is an act introduced to maintain nitrate levels below the 2.9 milligram per litre in watercourses to protect fish, amphibians and their habitats. This would be achieved by providing tax incentives to farmers and other landowners who set aside a section of land around watercourses. This land will act as a vegetative buffer, naturally decreasing the amount that enters the water.

As the students noted, we have some of the best water quality in the world. The students wanted to develop measures to both protect the waters and the farmers.

I congratulate Brody Cormons, who is in Ottawa with his mom, Cindy, and the team from NDSS, Seamas Finnerty, Jack Freeman, Emily Jackobson, Naomi Jackson, Mei-San Lamoureux and Chris Tait. These students from Nanaimo—Cowichan decided to be active participants in our political process. I want to thank them very much for their interest and their hard work.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)