Agriculture

Agriculture is vital to the livelihood of our families and communities in Simcoe-Grey. Our government is committed to Canada’s agricultural sector. Below are some of the ways our government has sought to safeguard and strengthen agriculture in Canada.

Food Safety

  • $2 million national awareness campaign focused on key farm management practices that will help keep animals healthy and safeguard the Canadian food supply launched by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency in November 2009.

  • $75 million for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to strengthen Canada’s food safety system and act on all 57 recommendations made by independent investigator Sheila Weatherill (announced in 2009). This investment builds on the Government’s 2008 commitment of $113 million for food safety.

Science and Innovation

  • Three Canadian Agri-Science Clusters Initiatives that will benefit producers in Ontario

  • $7.2 million for a Dairy Cluster to study the health benefits of dairy products and ways to improve animal productivity through health and breeding

  • $6.1 million for to create the Beef Cattle Industry Science Cluster – Phase 1 to improve beef quality and demand by focusing on key priority areas such as reducing production costs, increasing feed efficiency and decreasing the impact of animal health issues.
  • $9.5 million for the Swine Cluster to improve profitability and competitiveness of the Canadian pork sector through research in priority areas for pork producers, including food safety, meat quality and feed input issues.

  • Over $2.2 million under the Developing Innovative Agri-Products (DIAP) initiative to support the Ontario pulse and grape industries. The funding available under the Developing Innovative Agri-Products initiative is meant to encourage the participation of other funding partners by reducing the overall project risk. This will accelerate the commercialization process for new innovative products, processes or services.

  • Up to $4 million under DIAP to develop new grain and oilseed varieties.
  • $12.5 million for a Farm Innovation Program for producers to be more competitive and respond to market demands.

  • $925,000 in ACAAF funds to develop new, innovative dairy products, coordinated by the Gencor-owned Thornloe Cheese Plant in New Liskeard. The goal of the Advancing Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food (ACAAF) Program is to facilitate the agriculture, agri-food, and agri-based products sector’s ability to seize opportunities, respond to new and emerging issues and pilot solutions to new and ongoing issues in order to adapt and remain competitive.
  • The Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (CAAP) will provide $28 million over five years for the Ontario agricultural sector. The goal of CAAP is to facilitate the agriculture, agri-food, and agri-based products sector’s ability to seize opportunities, respond to new and emerging issues and pilot solutions to new and ongoing issues in order to adapt and remain competitive.
  • $11.3 million for the Agri-Technology Commercialization Centre to accelerate the commercialization process for new products.
  • $15.6 million for the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre to coordinate and deliver commercialization opportunities to the horticulture sector.
  • $1.15 million to modernize the Guelph Food Research Centre.
  • $17 million over 5 years has been allocated to address the Plum Pox Virus. This new investment builds upon our previous investment over the past decade to fight the disease. This money should prevent further spread of the disease.

Business Risk Management

  • $266 million paid to farmers since 2008 in AgriInvest, a program that helps the recipient manage small income declines, and provides support for investments to mitigate risks or improve market income.
  • $580 million paid to farmers since 2008 in AgriStability, a payment received when the recipient’s current year program margin falls below 85% of their reference margin.
  • $330 million paid to farmers since 2008 in AgriInsurance, an affordable, predictable and timely program that includes existing production insurance. AgriInsurance provides coverage for production and asset losses caused by natural threats.
  • $2.1 million paid to farmers since 2008 in AgriRecovery, a program that allows federal and provincial governments to jointly respond to natural disasters (e.g., disease, weather) with swift, direct assistance.
    • The Ontario Duponchelia Assistance Program provides assistance to horticulture producers in the Niagara Region of Ontario affected by Duponchelia, a reportable pest. ($1.6 million)
    • The Ontario Tornado Assistance Initiative provides assistance to tree fruit producers in the Georgian Bay area to help them re-establish their orchards damaged by a tornado in August of 2009. ($572,000)

Livestock-Goat & Sheep

  • Up to $6 million to strengthen the sheep and goat industry by eradicating disease, enhancing traceability and improving food safety practices under AgriFlexibility, a program that will improve the sector’s competitiveness and will help the sector adapt to pressures through non-business risk-management measures.
  • Over $700,000 to establish an integrated dairy goat genetic improvement program to help the goat industry increase milk production and improve meat quality under the Canadian Agriculture Adaptation program (CAAP). The goal of CAAP is to facilitate the agriculture, agri-food, and agri-based products sector’s ability to seize opportunities, respond to new and emerging issues and pilot solutions to new and ongoing issues in order to adapt and remain competitive.

Livestock-Hogs

  • More than 100 Hog Industry Loan Loss Reserve Program loans approved for Ontario producers, totalling $81 million in loans.
  • $175,000 from the Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (CAAP) to the Ontario Pork Industry Council to improve the industry’s disease emergency response system and help producers manage disease.
  • $76 million over four years to combat disease through the Initiative for the Control of Diseases in the Hog Industry to help enhance the prosperity and stability of the hog sector in Ontario and nationally.
  • $2 million to study the regulatory environment in the agriculture sector to encourage competitiveness and prosperity by removing unnecessary regulations and red tape at the University of Western Ontario’s Richard Ivey School of Business.
  • $356,000 for Farmers Markets Ontario to create a national network of farmers’ markets to increase opportunities to bring products to market (ACAAF).

Trade and Market Access

  • $1 million to expand market opportunities by establishing a Value Chain Management Centre (VCMC) in Ontario (Advancing Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food (ACAAF). The goal of ACAAF is to facilitate the agriculture, agri-food, and agri-based products sector’s ability to seize opportunities, respond to new and emerging issues and pilot solutions to new and ongoing issues in order to adapt and remain competitive.
  • $2 million to study the regulatory environment in the agriculture sector to encourage competitiveness and prosperity – at the University of Western Ontario’s Richard Ivey School of Business (ACAAF).
  • More than $15 million in the past two years for more than 30 Ontario associations to develop and implement marketing strategies under the AgriMarketing Program.
  • $22.3 million for the Orchard and Vineyard Transition Program to help fruit producers adapt to industry pressures and changing markets.
  • Defended the interests of the Canadian Cattle, hog and meat sectors by launching a WTO dispute settlement process over the U.S. Mandatory country-of-origin labelling (COOL) legislation.

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