About the Canadian Agricultural Partnership
The Canadian Agricultural Partnership is a five-year, $3 billion federal-provincial-territorial initiative aimed at generating economic growth in the agricultural sector and delivering the greatest benefits for farmers, food processors and Canadian families. The Canadian Agricultural Partnership is in effect from April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2023.
Canadian Agricultural Partnership investments will help ensure Canada’s agriculture sector remains a leader in job creation and innovation. Canadian Agricultural Partnership will help achieve Canada’s objective of expanding agricultural exports to $75 billion by 2025.
Canadian Agricultural Partnership outlines a national vision to create the most modern, sustainable and prosperous sector in the world.
The five year national agreement outlines a strategy to support the industry to:
§ Increase competitiveness; productivity and profitability,
§ Increase environmental sustainability,
§ Expand domestic and international markets, and
§ Improve the anticipation, mitigation and response to risks.
Canadian Agricultural Partnership is a package of 15 programs under five themes that support the unique needs of Alberta’s agriculture industry. These priorities and the 15 programs have been developed with input from a broad range of industry stakeholders, aligned to Alberta’s priorities and the national Canadian Agricultural Partnership strategy.
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What does Canadian Agricultural Partnership mean for Albertans?
In Alberta, Canadian Agricultural Partnership commits to the same level of investment from federal and provincial governments as Growing Forward 2 which is $406 million towards strategic initiative programs over five years. This investment is cost shared between federal-provincial (60:40) governments and will be invested in programs and initiatives for Alberta’s agriculture agri-food and agri-products based industry.
In Alberta, 15 programs for industry being developed under Canadian Agricultural Partnership will help to move industry forward in five areas:
· Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change
· Products, Market Growth and Diversification
· Science and Research
· Risk Management
· Public Trust
These priorities and the 15 programs have been developed with input from a broad range of industry stakeholders and are aligned to Alberta’s priorities and the national Canadian Agricultural Partnership strategy.
What we heard during consultations
Two formal rounds of consultation and engagement were held to discuss what the Canadian Agricultural Partnership should look like in Alberta. Input and guidance from Alberta’s agriculture sector and stakeholders continued to be our most valuable resource throughout both the negotiation phase and the development of program priorities tailored to Alberta industry needs.
The first round of consultation and engagement, held in spring 2017, focused on gaining industry input on the priority areas outlined in the Calgary Statement and discerning what needed to be accomplished in Alberta.
The second round of consultations, held in winter 2018, focused on obtaining feedback on what the suite of Canadian Agricultural Partnership-funded programs in Alberta should look like.
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) provides the overall leadership and national coordination of Canadian Agricultural Partnership.
Agriculture Finance Services Corporation (AFSC) is a provincial crown corporation. AFSC provides the strategic leadership in the development of new insurance products and is the primary service provider for the Business Risk Management programs in Alberta.