To counter the growing prevalence of nationalistic policies, Canada is leading supportive countries in a WTO reform effort  to halt the introduction of new non-tariff trade barriers, such as unfair phytosanitary conditions or discriminatory rules of origin. | File photo

COVID uncertainty remains in global markets

The impact of COVID-19’s second wave is continuing to cause uncertainty in global trade markets. According to the World Trade Organization, between October 2019 and May 2020, G20 economies implemented 154 new trade or related measures, finding 95 to be trade-facilitating and 59 as trade-restrictive. “In the early stages of the pandemic, several of the […] Read more

Talks between the U.K. and EU have so far gone poorly and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is now preparing voters to enter 2021 without a trade agreement in place. A deal between the two is likely being prioritized over negotiations with Canada. | Getty Images

U.K.-Canada trade deal prospects look grim

As prospects of a trade deal between the United Kingdom and the European Union collapse, there is growing doubt in a post-Brexit pact involving Canada being completed by the end of the year. The U.K. left the EU on Jan. 31 and is nearing the end of an 11-month implementation period where essentially agreements remain […] Read more

The PBO reported the governing Liberals 2017 Innovation Superclusters Initiative has been slow to select projects and spend money. In 2017, five superclusters were given a total of $918 million to spend over five years on collaborative research. One of the superclusters created was Protein Industries Canada. | Screencap via proteinindustriescanada.ca

Protein supercluster defends against critical report

Protein Industries Canada remains confident in its pace of funding projects to grow the sector, despite a recent report from the Parliamentary Budget Officer. The PBO reported the governing Liberals 2017 Innovation Superclusters Initiative has been slow to select projects and spend money. In 2017, five superclusters were given a total of $918 million to […] Read more


Aimed at lessening the impact of COVID-19 on farms and employee living quarters, the fund is being managed by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), and cost-shared with producers at a 50-50 level. | File photo

Program to protect farms, workers from COVID

Applications are now open for a federally administered $35 million Emergency On-Farm Support Fund. Aimed at lessening the impact of COVID-19 on farms and employee living quarters, the fund is being managed by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), and cost-shared with producers at a 50-50 level. Money is coming from a $58.6 million fund announced […] Read more

On Oct. 1, the federal government launched a $10 billion infrastructure plan over three years aimed at five different sectors, including agriculture. The $1.5 billion is expected to result in 700,000 acres of irrigated land. | Mike Raine photo

Prairies to be biggest winners of federal infrastructure money

Prairie provinces will receive the bulk of Ottawa’s $1.5 billion commitment to support irrigation projects, according to federal Minister of Agriculture Marie-Claude Bibeau. On Oct. 1, the federal government launched a $10 billion infrastructure plan over three years aimed at five different sectors, including agriculture. The $1.5 billion is expected to result in 700,000 acres […] Read more


During a Sept. 25 virtual appearance at Politico's Agriculture and Food Summit, Bibeau said she would like Canada to benefit from CETA

Industry, government play role in fixing CETA: Bibeau

Federal Minister of Agriculture Marie-Claude Bibeau says industry and government have a shared responsibility to fix a trade deal that has not resulted in strong results for Canadian producers. Expected to reach $1.5 billion in new agri-food exports, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with the European Union has fallen short of those targets […] Read more

Given the chaotic nature of global trade and several countries abandoning rules-based trade, as well as frustrations over recent trade deals, it makes sense Bibeau's government is exploring how to make Canadian food more self-reliant. | File photo

Feds ponder more self-reliant food production

Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau is exploring how to make Canada’s food more autonomous. In a Sept. 24 interview, Bibeau pointed to her minority Liberal government’s pledge in the Throne Speech to further support the food value chain. That could mean a review of food infrastructure across the country, according to Bibeau. “I don’t want to […] Read more

In a Sept. 21 letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, five former premiers wrote the deal has

Canada not benefitting from CETA: Bibeau

Canada’s Minister of Agriculture Marie-Claude Bibeau admits the country is not benefiting from the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with the European Union. Expected to reach $1.5 billion in new agri-food exports, the deal has fallen short of those targets since being implemented in 2017. In a Sept. 21 letter to Prime Minister Justin […] Read more


In an ambitious Sept. 23 throne speech, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's party committed itself to implementing universal child care and extending or enhancing many of the economic measures put in place to curb the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. But it's a commitment to enhancing rural broadband that farmers will likely find most intriguing. | Getty Images

Throne speech commits to rural broadband

Canada’s minority Liberal government is promising job creation, better rural internet access and a commitment to combating climate change in its newly revealed legislative plans. In an ambitious Sept. 23 throne speech, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s party committed itself to implementing universal child care and extending or enhancing many of the economic measures put in […] Read more

Ontario, Saskatchewan and Alberta have taken steps to bolster protections for livestock and other producers against trespassers and activists, and Manitoba is carrying out a public consultation on the matter. | File photo

Ottawa supports provincial trespass legislation

The federal government is not looking at ways to boost trespassing legislation being passed in some provinces, according to federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau. Ontario, Saskatchewan and Alberta have taken steps to bolster protections for livestock and other producers against trespassers and activists, and Manitoba is carrying out a public consultation on the matter. Bibeau […] Read more