Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change

Quick Facts

Issue Overview – Sustainable Agriculture Strategy

The Sustainable Agriculture Strategy (SAS) will help set a shared long-term direction for collective action to improve environmental performance in the sector, support farmers livelihoods and strengthen the business vitality of the Canadian agricultural industry. 

Working Towards Solutions – Sustainable Agriculture Strategy

CFA co-chairs the SAS Advisory Committee to ensure that producers’ voices are at the table during development of this Strategy. CFA has been involved from the outset in co-chairing the SAS advisory committee to ensure it is pragmatic, effective and works for farmers. 

CFA Recommendations – Sustainable Agriculture Strategy

Issue Overview – Greenhouse Gas Pollution Offset Program

In 2021, Canadian farmers were finally beginning to be recognized and rewarded for their environmental efforts through the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Offset Program. Incentivizing and rewarding practices that reduce emissions and sequester carbon will propel the agriculture industry to adopt technologies and techniques which benefit the environment and aid in the fight against climate change.

Working Towards Solutions – Greenhouse Gas Pollution Offset Program

Priority activities for protocol development include livestock manure management, increasing soil carbon, forestation of previously agricultural land, and aerobic composting.

CFA is working to ensure that the dollar value for credits is high enough to reward existing efforts to reduce greenhouse gasses and incentivize investment in innovations that reduce emissions ahead of the programs expected 2021 implementation.

In December 2020, the Federal Government pledged to invest $631 million over 10 years to boost carbon sequestration in agricultural lands, wetlands and grasslands.

CFA will advocate for this funding to be made available to help farmers adopt offset protocols and generate new income from credits.

CFA Recommendations – Greenhouse Gas Pollution Offset Program

Issue Overview – Clean Fuel Regulations

The recently implemented Clean Fuel Regulations (CFR) will allow Canadian farmers to generate credits through two actions:

This program provides an important opportunity to incentivize farmers to partake in activities that will reduce the carbon intensity of fuels.

Working Towards Solutions – Clean Fuel Regulations

Government must work to ensure that any increase in direct and indirect fuel price resulting from the Clean Fuel Regulations does not have a disproportionate impact on rural Canadians. 

 This can be done by ensuring that rural Canada has access to low carbon intensity fuels and that sectors such as transportation have support to reduce their carbon intensity to prevent costs form transferring down to farmers. 

 Farmers will be eligible to generate credits under two of the three CFR credit categories. CFA will work to ensure that the dollar value for credits is high enough to reward farmers for their emission reduction efforts. 

 CFA has worked with stakeholders to address concerns about how CFR will verify its Land Use and Biodiversity criteria, which awards credits to facilities who purchase from farms that meet these criteria. 

 In December 2020, Government pledged a $287 million two-year investment to continue the $5000 rebate incentive for zero-emission vehicles. 

 These incentives could potentially be used by farms to invest in the electrification needed to generate CFR credits. 

CFA recommendations – Clean Fuel Regulations

CFA Recommendations – General

Related reading:

Issue brief on Environment and Climate Change

CFA standing policy on Climate Change