May 1, 2020


Your Share of the 2019 Profits:
This year the Wetaskiwin Co-op Board of Directors, approved an allocation to the membership of the following:
2.3 cents / litre on fuel purchases
0.5% on Chemical/Fertilizer/Seed purchases
2.0% on Falun Liquor Purchases
0.5% on Hardware and Lumber Purchases
1.4% on Feed Purchases
3.0% on Oil and Grease purchases
Over 4,821 cheques totaling over $1,131,183.29 million were sent out to Wetaskiwin Co-op members.

What is Equity? How Does It Work? How do I Earn a Share of the Profits?
By buying and retaining a membership in Wetaskiwin Co-op, you are a part owner. Each time you purchase Agro, petroleum, feed, hardware etc. and give your membership number, your purchases are recorded. At the end of the fiscal year, if the Co-operative has a profit, a portion of your purchases may be returned in the form of an equity allocation based off that profit. The more you purchase, the more you receive in equity. Additionally, Wetaskiwin Co-op may buy back a portion of your equity. This amount becomes the cash payment to you, a member-owner. Making a purchase at Wetaskiwin Co-op and any of its divisions while using your member number is a great investment in your future.

Why is Tax Deducted Off of My Statement?
Wetaskiwin Co-op is required to submit a minimal amount of tax to Revenue Canada. Fifteen percent of any allocation over $100 is submitted on your behalf. When filing your income tax, you are entitled to include the deduction (box 22 on the T4A) as a pre-payment of income tax. If your purchases were used for personal use only, the allocation (box 30 on the T4A) does not need to be included as part of your taxable income. If you are claiming some or all of the purchases as business/farm expenses, then you must include an applicable portion of that allocation as taxable income on your income tax form.

You paid back a portion of my equity, what happens to the rest?
The remainder of the equity stays in your share account with Wetaskiwin Co-op. It will be used in calculating cash repayments in future years. It helps finance the business and maintain and upgrade assets to ensure ongoing success at Wetaskiwin Co-op and all of its divisions.

When can I get my equity paid out?
Provisions for payments of equity are made for:
1. Estates
2. Members of 70 years of age - repayment only - equity balance less original $10 membership share.
3. Members who move out of the trading area
It is your responsibility to notify Wetaskiwin Co-op Member Services who will send you an Application to apply for any of the above. Please call 780-352-6001.
All requests will be paid within six months after approval by the Board of Directors.

Why didn’t I get a cheque?
The cash repayment is approved by the Board of Directors. This year the general repayment is based on a minimum of 80% repayment of your current year's allocation plus 10% of your total equity before this year's allocation. Minimum spending requirement in each division are as follows:

Hardware, Lumber and Agro: $2,500.00
Liquor Store: $625.00
Feed: $900.00
Petroleum, Oil and Grease: $420.00

A cheque will not be issued for less than $10.

When is a cheque considered stale-dated, and no longer valid?
Under Canadian Payments Association (CPA) Rule A4, Section 22, a cheque is considered stale-dated after six months, unless it has been certified. Financial institutions don’t have to cash a cheque if it is considered “stale-dated”.