During a May 27 meeting, members of the Canadian Mushrooms Grower's Association raised

Ag committee hears mushroom farmers’ concerns

Members of Parliament sitting on the committee dealing with agricultural issues continue to hear concerns over the federal government’s response to COVID-19. During a May 27 meeting, members of the Canadian Mushrooms Grower’s Association raised “grave concerns” over the support they have received. Chief executive officer Ryan Koeslag said additional measures put in place by […] Read more

Without cannabis factored in, crop revenues across the country declined 1.1 percent. | Getty Images

Cannabis carries farm growth in average year

New data from Statistics Canada shows farm cash receipts continue to trend upward, increasing in 2019 by 5.7 percent or $66.1 billion to mark the ninth consecutive year of increase and the largest single uptick since 2012. But that number is less impressive when cannabis is removed from the equation because it represents 2.8 percent […] Read more

Two national campaigns launched for food supply chains

The Canadian Centre for Food Integrity is launching a new campaign to inform consumers on how the food system works. “It’s Good, Canada” will share personal stories of Canadians working across the food supply chain and provide information about farming, transportation, processing, retail and production on its website, www.itsgoodcanada.ca. “It’s natural for Canadians to have […] Read more


Horticulture Council of Canada continues to warn of labour shortages

The Horticulture Council of Canada says the federal government is using inaccurate numbers to describe how many temporary foreign workers are in the country. During a May 19 virtual meeting of the standing committee on agriculture and agri-food, council president Brian Gilroy said food security continues to be threatened as a result of labour shortages […] Read more

CERB is available to Canadians who have stopped working because of COVID-19 and provides temporary income support of $500 a week for up to 16 weeks. | Screencap via canada.ca

Ag committee hears CERB hurting employers

Members of the parliamentary standing committee on agriculture and agri-food heard from industry leaders May 15 about the challenges brought on by the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit. CERB is available to Canadians who have stopped working because of COVID-19 and provides temporary income support of $500 a week for up to 16 weeks. Ron Lemaire, […] Read more


The fund announcement came shortly after federal officials announced changes aimed at creating flexibility within the temporary foreign worker program. The temporary changes allow workers who have lost their jobs to stay in Canada under their pre-existing closed work permit and start at another job sooner. | File photo

Ottawa offers more measures to help ag sector

The federal government continues to unveil policies and dollars they say will assist agricultural sector during the COVID-19 pandemic. A $100-million fund, launching in partnership with Calgary-based Forage Capital Inc., will be used “to support proven, viable companies through unexpected business disruptions, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.” According to the federal government, Farm Credit Canada […] Read more


James Donaldson, who sits on the board of the organization that represents more than 1,500 food and beverage manufacturing businesses, says the companies he represents have seen their costs increase $800 million as a result of COVID-19 and these costs cannot easily be passed on to consumers. | Screencap via fbc-abc.com

Food and beverage sector calls for changes to federal pandemic relief

Officials from Food and Beverage Canada told a parliamentary committee that the COVID-19 pandemic shows there is a “fundamental misunderstanding of how Canada’s food system operates” among senior policy makers. The comments were made during a digital meeting of the standing committee on agriculture and agri-food on May 8. James Donaldson, who sits on the […] Read more


During her one-hour appearance at the digital committee meeting, Bibeau faced regular criticism from opposing MPs for not offering more assistance to farmers, with many of them citing the Canadian Federation of Agriculture's $2.5 billion funding request. | Screencap via ourcommons.ca

Bibeau faces off with opposition MPs over pandemic supports

Minister of Agriculture Marie-Claude Bibeau confirmed to a parliamentary committee that the cost of business risk management programs would exceed its usual expense because of COVID-19. Typically around $1.6 billion is spent on the programming each year, but on May 12 Bibeau told the standing committee on agriculture that the amount is “expected to be […] Read more

Conservative MP Richard Lehoux charged the $100 million made available to help livestock producers deal with processing delays was not enough to cover producer costs, particularly if pork producers were forced to destroy animals. | Screencap via ourcommons.ca

Ag committee meets online, opposition critiques federal COVID response

Opposition MPs used the first meeting of the standing committee on agriculture and agri-food since the pandemic began May 5 to critique the federal Liberal’s $252 million aid package for farmers and food processors. Conservative MP Richard Lehoux charged the $100 million made available to help livestock producers deal with processing delays was not enough […] Read more