Funds valued at $21.4 million is being made through the Youth Employment and Skills Program (YESP) to help agri-food employers fill vacant positions with people between the ages of 15 and 30. | Screncap via Twitter/@mclaudebibeau

Bibeau highlights budget spending on youth jobs in ag

Canada’s 2021 budget increased funding to encourage young people to work in agriculture. Funds valued at $21.4 million is being made through the Youth Employment and Skills Program (YESP) to help agri-food employers fill vacant positions with people between the ages of 15 and 30. Released in April, the federal budget earmarks $109.3 million in […] Read more

The comprehensive set of recommendations known as the Barton report were authored by Dominic Barton, Canada's ambassador to China, and his work on a federally created advisory council created to focus on economic growth. | File photo

Budget has similarities with Barton report

The 2021 federal budget’s priorities are in step with those found in the much-lauded Barton report released a few years ago that said agriculture should be a pillar of Canada’s economic growth. Anne McLellan, a senior adviser at Bennett Jones and a former federal cabinet minister, made the comparison between the documents during a Canadian […] Read more

Federal finance minister Chrystia Freeland, seen here at a news conference last week with prime minister Justin Trudeau, has made $200 million available in the government’s 2021 budget for nitrogen, cover crop and rotational grazing programs, $60 million for a wetlands program and $10 million for clean energy. | Reuters/Blair Gable photo

Farmers welcome budget’s low-carbon focus

Ottawa allocates about $270 million to encourage producers to adopt lower-carbon and climate-friendly practices

The recent federal budget represents a turning point for farmers, says a Saskatchewan producer who helped draft recommendations funded in the document. About $270 million allocated to encourage farmers to adopt lower-carbon and climate-friendly practices will also serve as a bridge to the next agricultural policy framework, said Ian McCreary from Bladworth, Sask. He said […] Read more


Because a significant debate around carbon pricing continues to play out in Western Canada, much of the attention from producers migrated toward Ottawa’s admission that more relief for using natural gas and propane was needed. 
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Budget is big step for supporting farmers, but more needed

The 2021 budget takes a gigantic step in supporting farmers against climate change, but more is still required. Much of what we saw in Chrystia Freeland’s long-awaited first budget was in line with the green investments telegraphed by the Liberals in the weeks leading up to April 19. Because a significant debate around carbon pricing […] Read more

Federal Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland released the budget April 19, showing the majority of new spending will take place over three years and be largely focused on

Budget to pay farmers for carbon pricing, green funding

New spending totalling $104.1 billion in the recently announced federal budget is designed to support farmers combatting climate change. Some producers will also receive direct payments as a result of carbon pricing. Federal Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland released the budget April 19, showing the majority of new spending will take place over three years and […] Read more


Six investments in particular were highlighted by CFA as items in-line with the pre-budget recommendations made by CFA. A $1 billion commitment to rapidly rollout broadband projects, and additional money to assist farmers combat COVID-19 and climate change were included on that list, and in budget 2021. | Getty Images

Budget receives mostly positive reviews

The Canadian Federation of Agriculture says it is “pleased” the recent federal budget included some of its recommendations. Federal Finance Minister Chyristia Freeland’s first budget included significant spending to help producers transition to a greener economy, naming agriculture as a foundational pillar of Canada’s future. “CFA will be working closely with the federal government to […] Read more

Farmers had asked for the tax on natural gas and propane to be exempt from Ottawa’s price on pollution after skyrocketing costs from drying grain during the wet harvest of 2019. | Getty Images

Carbon tax returned on natural gas, propane

The federal government says it recognizes farmers’ use of natural gas and propane and will return some of the carbon tax paid on those fuels. The April 19 budget, the first since 2019 and the first delivered by finance minister Chrystia Freeland, estimated farmers in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario could receive $100 million in […] Read more

Increased federal support of the food processing sector is among the items the Canadian Federation of Agriculture hopes to see in Monday's federal budget. | Facebook/JBS Canada photo

What agriculture wants to see in Monday’s budget

The federal budget is set to be released Monday. The Canadian Federation of Agriculture released its wish list for the budget in August, offering three broad recommendations, each highlighted by specific measures that can be taken. To kick-start the economic recovery, the CFA recommends the government restore the AgriStability payment trigger to 85 percent and […] Read more


For the 2021 budget, members of Parliament recommend the federal government restore AgriStability levels to previous levels, create a national labour strategy for agri-food and develop a new business risk management program focused exclusively on climate change. | Screencap via ourcommons.ca

MPs want AgriStability included in budget

Finance committee also suggests a national labour strategy and a business risk management program for climate change

A pre-budget consultation report from the House of Commons finance committee recommends several measures directly tied to agriculture. The multi-partisan committee heard testimony and received submissions from more than 800 groups and individuals. Mostly virtual meetings took place in December, and the consultation report was released Feb. 16. Canadians don’t know when the next budget […] Read more

On Jan. 25, deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland launched pre-budget consultations with stakeholders. | Screencap via letstalkbudget2021.ca

CFA wants continued support in next budget

The Canadian Federation of Agriculture focuses on AgriStability, the processing sector and funding for a ‘buy Canadian’ campaign

Federal budget consultations are underway, with agricultural groups lobbying the government to support the industry in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. On Jan. 25, deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland launched pre-budget consultations with stakeholders. “We want to hear ideas from Canadians, from all walks of life, on how to restore strong […] Read more