Canadian Agricultural Partnership: Setting the foundation for our farmers and food processors

News Release

November 24, 2017 – Regina, Saskatchewan – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)

Canada’s hardworking farmers and food processors are the backbone of Canada’s economy, particularly in rural communities, and ensure families across Canada, and around the world, have safe, high-quality food on their kitchen tables. Having identified agriculture and agri-food as a key growth sector, our Government is committed to supporting our farmers and food processors with strategic investments that expand growth and create well-paying middle class jobs.

In July 2017, federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) ministers of agriculture came to an agreement on the key elements of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a five-year, $3 billion FPT investment for Canada’s agriculture and agri-food sector. This agreement will help the sector reach our Government’s ambitious goal to grow Canada’s agriculture and food exports to $75 billion by 2025.

Today, speaking at Agribition in Regina, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lawrence MacAulay, announced the initiatives and priorities of the $1 billion federal investment under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, which is set to launch on April 1, 2018.

Under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, our Government is committing to targeted investments with a focus on the following priorities: growing trade and expanding markets; innovative and sustainable growth of the sector; and, supporting diversity and a dynamic, evolving sector.

Six federal programs will support these priorities and ensure the sector’s long-term prosperity: AgriMarketing, AgriCompetitiveness, AgriScience, AgriInnovate, AgriDiversity and AgriAssurance – see background for details.

The strategic investments under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership will set a solid foundation for the future of Canada’s farmers and food processors, and continue to help them grow, innovate and prosper.


“This is an exciting new chapter for agriculture in Canada. The Canadian Agricultural Partnership’s federal initiatives show our Government’s strong agenda for growth in agriculture and agri-food – one that will help build an even stronger, more innovative and sustainable sector. It will ensure Canadian farmers and food processors are well positioned to meet the world’s growing demand for our high-quality products, while creating well-paying middle class jobs and delivering prosperity for communities across the country.”
-  Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

Quick Facts

  • Federal program details and application forms will be available in early 2018.

  • The Canadian Agricultural Partnership is a five-year, $3 billion investment by federal-provincial and territorial governments, which will strengthen the agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products sector, ensuring continued innovation, growth and prosperity.

  • Under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, changes to the Business Risk Management programs agreed to in July 2017, will come into effect for the 2018 program year. The existing program rules remain in effect for the 2016 and 2017 program years.

  • The Canadian Agricultural Partnership federal initiatives were developed based on extensive consultations with producers, processors, indigenous communities, women, youth, and small and emerging sectors to fit the changing needs of the agricultural landscape.

  • In 2016, Canada’s agriculture and food exports set a new record of over $60 billion.

  • Budget 2017 set an ambitious goal of growing Canada’s agri-food exports to $75 billion by 2025.

  • Budget 2017 focused on agri-food as one of the top industries in our Government’s Innovation and Skills Plan, an ambitious effort to make Canada a world leader in innovation, with a focus on expanding growth and creating good, well-paying jobs.

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