Working to improve federal agricultural policy and programs
In 2016, the Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) published recommendations aimed at informing the development of the next agricultural policy framework — a five-year multilateral funding and policy framework signed between the federal government, provinces and territories that will govern much of programs and supports available to Canadian agriculture.
The current Agricultural Policy Framework, known as Growing Forward 2 (GF2), will expire on March 31, 2018 and on July 21st, 2017 in St. John’s, FPT Ministers announced they had reached an agreement on the next Agricultural Policy Framework, the Canadian Agricultural Partnership. While many of the details associated with this framework are yet to be released, Ministers did announce changes to Business Risk Management programs and a commitment to maintain the current level of funding for strategic investments – a five-year, $3 billion investment by federal, provincial and territorial governments.
In addition, Ministers committed to undertaking a one-year review of BRM programming. CFA and a host of other industry associations, collaborating through the AgGrowth Coalition, have requested this review since January 2017 and look forward to working with FPT governments to ensure it is both comprehensive and adequately engaging producer groups throughout the process.
The CFA continues to monitor and work with the federal government to ensure funding and programs are responsive to industry needs and to assist in sharing information on the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.
CFA’s Recommendations: Our process
CFA published a comprehensive suite of recommendations in 2016, which were developed through three CFA working groups that brought together perspectives from across CFA’s membership – the Strategic Investments Working Group, the Risk Management Working Group and the Market Development Working Group. We also hosted a session with other producer and industry organizations to provide an overview of the policies and recommendations CFA has adopted. This allowed for other organizations to share their own positions and offer further insights.
The final report, entitled “The Next Agriculture Policy Framework: Positioning Canadian Agriculture for Continued Success” touches on a wide variety of areas, including:
- encouraging best management practices
- risk management tools to mitigate damages associated with increased weather volatility
- the coordination of market development investments
- investment in discovery science and agricultural research
- a government/industry backed national food strategy
- branding and an increased profile for Canadian food products as part of market assurance at home and abroad
- climate change adaptation and mitigation in order to make Canadian agriculture a world leader in sustainability