Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan provide funding for Pest Biosecurity Program

News release

May 3, 2023 – Regina, Saskatchewan – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

The Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan have announced $19.5 million for an enhanced Pest Biosecurity Program through the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership.

The 5-year Pest Biosecurity Program will be delivered by the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM). Funding is available to rural municipalities and First Nations to provide resources to help deal with invasive agricultural crop pests, prohibited and noxious weeds, nuisance gophers, rats and nuisance beavers.

This program supports education and training to manage agriculture crop pests through the Plant Health Network. SARM employs a full-time plant health technical advisor in each of its 6 divisions who will promote and implement best practices within their division to identify, monitor and assist in the control of invasive and emerging threats to plant biosecurity in agriculture. The plant health technical advisors will be able to help applicants access the Pest Biosecurity Program. 

A new Gopher Control Program is part of the Pest Biosecurity Program to help address a significant problem for producers in the province. The program will help control nuisance gopher populations through a rebate for registered control products and for the purchase of materials to build a raptor platform as sustainable integrated pest management.


“Our farmers work hard to produce the high-quality crops and products that Canada and the world are looking for. This investment will strengthen our sector’s resilience by ensuring producers continue to have access to effective pest management tools that are safe for them, for consumers and the environment.”

- The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

“This support protects against the negative impact of pests and invasive weeds on Saskatchewan’s crops and natural landscape. The program is an investment in the sector’s future, safeguarding the ability for Saskatchewan producers to continue growing crops and maintain the use of their land.”

- David Marit, Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister

“SARM greatly appreciates the five-year enhanced investment into these programs. It demonstrates that the crop pest control efforts rural municipalities are undertaking are appreciated not only by local producers and ratepayers but by the province and country as a whole. They enhance the profitability of the agriculture sector by supporting proactive control, the development of best practices, training and expertise to manage pests that threaten both biosecurity, food safety and therefore market access.”

- Ray Orb, President, SARM

Quick facts

  • The Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership is a five-year, $3.5-billion investment by Canada's federal, provincial and territorial governments that supports Canada's agri-food and agri-products sectors. This includes $1 billion in federal programs and activities and a $2.5 billion commitment that is cost-shared 60% federally and 40% provincially/territorially for programs that are designed and delivered by provinces and territories.

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