The Next Policy Framework (NPF) is a five-year (2023–2028) investment by federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) governments to strengthen and grow Canada’s agriculture and agri-food sector. It will replace the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP), which ends March 31, 2023. The NPF is a pivotal funding package that will serve as the foundation for programming for Canadian agriculture over the following five years.
Consultations on the NPF will seek stakeholder feedback on how to realize the priorities articulated in the Guelph Statement, and their desired outcomes of the policies and programs to be implemented under the NPF.
Working Towards Solutions
CFA has been heavily involved in the consultation process for the NPF since it began, working to ensure that farmers’ voices are heard and understood during the development of this funding package.
CFA submitted recommendations for the NPF focused on BRM programs in March 2022, click here to read those recommendations.
CFA submitted its general recommendations for the NPF in June 2021, click here to read those recommendations.
In July 2022 CFA will be taking part in the FPT Roundtable, where CFA along with other agricultural stakeholders will present to the Federal, Provincial and Territorial Agriculture Ministers on their vision for how the NPF can best help Canadian farmers.
March 2022 Recommendations
In March 2022, CFA submitted a series of recommendations focused on Business Risk Management programs, which can be seen at a high level below:
Recommendations for AgriStability:
- Introduce participation incentives for continuous participation and periods of non-payment, including an enhanced compensation and coverage rates for each consecutive year of participation.
- Increase the interim payment rates to 75% of anticipated payments permanently in light of increased risk and volatility.
- Increase the payment caps from their current limit of $3 million to better support larger farms.
Recommendations for AgriRecovery:
- Conduct a risk review with industry and government after every AgriRecovery program response to support long-term effective disaster risk management.
- These risk reviews should also create publicly available guidance to inform future assessments and best practices in future programs.
Spring 2021 Recommendations
The following summary outlines the Canadian Federation of Agriculture’s (CFA) preliminary recommendations for the Next Agriculture Policy Framework (NPF). The following recommendations highlight key areas that require focus under the NPF, requiring further, targeted engagement with producers:
Invest in the program at a level commensurate with agriculture’s expanded role as not only a producer of quality agri-food products that feed Canadians and the global marketplace, but also a provider of many public goods and services. This must keep pace with the increased scale and prominence of agriculture as a strategic sector in Canada.
a) Grant all Canadian producers, whether terrestrial or aquatic agriculture, producing food, fibre, or ornamentals, equal program eligibility across all policy priorities and programming areas.
b) When designing programs, particularly related to risk management, the risk of adverse geopolitical trade actions must be assessed in close concert with industry, rather than used as a unilateral rationale to limit programming considerations.
Develop a common understanding of program objectives, performance measures, and create formal structures to support more regular, evidence-based reporting and transparency.
4. Policy Priorities
At the highest level, CFA would note that producers continue to place importance on the policy priorities articulated in the Calgary Policy Statement. There is a continued need for the NPF to focus on these priorities while minimizing disruptions to existing initiatives that, while having begun under the current framework, must continue beyond March 2023. This includes Business Risk Management (BRM) programming, where the maintenance of the current suite of BRM of programs is essential. A number of areas within the existing priorities have been identified as warranting specific focus under the NPF:
a) Incentivize Canadian producers to invest in climate solutions through a robust suite of financial supports and ecological goods & services programming supported by streamlined verification
systems. Position farmers to access other environmental incentives, such as those available through carbon credits.
b) Establish a plan to address geopolitical barriers to trade and competitors’ trade supports, enabling targeted programming responses through a structured framework.
c) Provide risk management programming with more inclusive parameters and clear triggers to respond to the extraordinary costs and losses associated with potential supply chain disruptions
and climate change.
d) Ensure research, value-added, and market development programming targets lessons learned through COVID-19, by investing in:
– Prioritizing resilient domestic supply chains;
– Domestic promotion of Canadian agriculture and food products; and
– Facilitating market development at home
e) Focus strategic public trust initiatives on three objectives: public engagement and awareness; building trust and capacity in evidence-based regulations and decision-making; and differentiating Canadian agriculture and food products