April 3, 2018 – Ottawa, Ontario - Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Canada's agriculture and food system is a leading producer of high-quality, safe
products and a key driver of the country's economic growth. The Government of Canada
understands the importance of this sector in creating good, middle-class jobs, while
growing the economy, and is committed to working with farmers, ranchers and processors
to ensure its continued innovation, growth and prosperity.
April 1st marked the official launch of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a
progressive $3-billion commitment that will help chart the course for government
investments in the sector over the next five years. The Partnership aims to continue
to help the sector grow trade, advance innovation while maintaining and strengthening
public confidence in the food system, and increase its diversity.
Federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) governments have been working collaboratively
since 2016 to develop the next agricultural policy framework, the Canadian Agricultural
Partnership. FPT governments consulted with a wide range of stakeholders, including
producers, processors, indigenous communities, women, youth, and small and emerging
sectors to ensure the Partnership was focused on the issues that matter most to
In addition, under the Partnership, business risk management (BRM) programs will
continue to help producers manage significant risks that threaten the viability
of their farm and are beyond their capacity to manage.
Ministers of Agriculture will convene in Vancouver this July for the Annual Meeting
of Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers of Agriculture.
"I am incredibly proud to announce that the Canadian Agricultural Partnership has
officially launched and all that it promises for our great sector. Our goal is to
help Canadian farmers, ranchers and processors compete successfully in markets at
home and around the globe, through this strong collaboration between provincial,
territorial and federal governments." - Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture
and Agri-Food Canada
"Canadian farmers are depending on the Partnership to deliver programs that help
them grow their businesses through research, marketing and operational support,
and protect their livelihoods through risk management programs. Through the teamwork
and effort of government and stakeholders across the country, I believe we've matched
the needs of the sector with the Partnership's programs, and are on the path to
collective success." - Lana Popham, Minister of Agriculture of British Columbia
- The Partnership includes $1 billion for federal activities and programs, and $2
billion in cost-shared programs delivered by provinces and territories on a 60:40
- Program details and applications were launched for the six federal programs on February
13th and include: AgriMarketing, AgriCompetitiveness, AgriScience, AgriInnovate,
AgriDiversity and AgriAssurance.
- The Government of Canada is working with provinces and territories to finalize the
details of cost-shared programs, which will be announced as they become available.
- In addition to the $3 billion investment in strategic initiatives under the Canadian
Agricultural Partnership, farmers will continue to have access to a robust suite
of BRM programs. Changes to
BRM programs are in effect for the 2018 program year.
- The sector is strong, with exports in 2017 of Canadian agriculture, agri-food, fish
and seafood reaching $64.6 billion, a $2 billion increase from 2016 levels. Producers
are also forecast to see record levels of net cash income, with increases in both
crop receipts and livestock production.