Canadian Agricultural Partnership: A cornerstone for the continued growth of a key economic sector
“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 basis.
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 business risk management programs. Changes to business risk management 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.
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
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