Bill C-216 was introduced as a private member’s bill by Bloc Quebecois MP Louis Plamondon as a means of protecting supply management. If passed, federal negotiators would not be able to involve tariffs or import quotas for supply-managed sectors, which includes dairy, poultry and eggs. | File photo

Commodity groups split over supply management protection bill

MPs hear testimony about a private member’s bill that would prohibit future trade concessions affecting the sector

Commodity groups are split on predictable lines over a proposed law that would exclude supply-managed commodities from future trade negotiations. Bill C-216 was introduced as a private member’s bill by Bloc Quebecois MP Louis Plamondon as a means of protecting supply management. If passed, federal negotiators would not be able to involve tariffs or import […] Read more

Farmers in Canada should expect more green policies will head their way following the UN Food Systems Summit. | Screencap via un.org

Expectations should be low for UN’s Food Systems Summit

If current sentiments stay as they are now, Canadian producers should prepare themselves for disappointment coming out of the upcoming United Nations’ Food Systems Summit. Planned to take place in New York this September, the summit will look to launch new strategies to deliver on the UN’s 17 development goals. In Canada, dialogues have been […] Read more

An advisory panel was named in February and tasked with providing government advice on the path to net-zero emissions by 2050, but nobody on it has intimate knowledge of agriculture or farming. | File photo

Ag wants say on proposed climate law

Agricultural stakeholders continue to argue Canada’s proposed accountability law to achieve climate goals should be amended to include more industry representation. A parliamentary committee studying Bill C-12, the law that would set national targets for the reduction of greenhouse gasses, has been hearing testimony from witnesses throughout May and June. An advisory panel was named […] Read more


The program includes $647 million stretched over 10 years to help producers remain competitive, and is part of the government's compensation for negotiating away parts of the supply managed markets. | File photo

Poultry, egg compensation applications now available

Applications for the Poultry and Egg On-Farm Investment Program are now being accepted. The program includes $647 million stretched over 10 years to help producers remain competitive, and is part of the government’s compensation for negotiating away parts of the supply managed markets. Producers are entitled to a dollar amount based on their quota holdings […] Read more

Every Canadian has a role to play in reconciliation. | File photo

Agriculture has a role to play as country acts on reconciliation

Canadian agriculture has a role to play in reconciliation. The important role of reconciliation was once again made painfully clear when the remains of 215 children were found on the site of a former residential school in British Columbia. It is the latest example of why Canada’s residential school system has been described as “cultural […] Read more


The program includes $647 million stretched over 10 years to help producers remain competitive, and is part of the government's compensation for negotiating away parts of the supply managed markets. | File photo

Poultry, egg farmers now able to access compensation dollars

Applications for the Poultry and Egg On-Farm Investment Program (PEFIP) are now being accepted. The program includes $647 million stretched over 10 years to help producers remain competitive, and is part of the government’s compensation for negotiating away parts of the supply managed markets. Producers are entitled to a dollar amount based on their quota […] Read more

An advisory panel was named in February and tasked with providing government advice on the path to net-zero emissions by 2050, but nobody on it has intimate knowledge of agriculture or farming. | File photo

Ag stakeholders weigh in on proposed climate law

Agricultural stakeholders continue to argue Canada’s proposed accountability law to achieve climate goals should be amended to include more industry representation. A parliamentary committee studying Bill C-12, the law that would set national targets for the reduction of greenhouse gasses, has been hearing testimony from witnesses throughout May and June. An advisory panel was named […] Read more

The Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) expires at the end of March 2023. The contentious nature of federalism means negotiations of this nature are usually time consuming. | Screencap via agr.gc.ca

Feds launch CAP consultations

Consultations for Canada’s next agricultural policy framework are officially underway. Known as the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP), the agreement in place now is a $3 billion deal between federal, provincial and territorial governments that funds a wide range of programming. It expires at the end of March 2023. The contentious nature of federalism means negotiations […] Read more


Starting last October, MPs from each of Canada's major political parties took part in meetings where witnesses spoke about trade and the pandemic. Government officials, trade associations, academics and others, like the Canola Council of Canada, were heard. | Screencap via ourcommons.ca

Report suggests better co-ordination of trade

Creating more export opportunities was also included in a new parliamentary report that studied post-pandemic trade potential

Better co-ordination across government agencies, the creation of more export opportunities for agri-tech and an increased focus on trade are recommendations found in a parliamentary report focused on international trade and COVID-19. The standing committee on international trade released its interim report in May, outlining four recommendations. Starting last October, MPs from each of Canada’s […] Read more

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) is offering the free guide in English, French and Spanish. | Screencap via Twitter/@CCOHS

Foreign workers updated on COVID-19

An online course to help producers and international farm workers protect themselves from COVID-19 is being launched. The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) is offering the free guide in English, French and Spanish. Participants will learn methods of preventing the spread of COVID-19, which has caused deaths and illnesses on Canadian farms […] Read more