Canadian Agricultural Partnership Multilateral Framework Agreement

“I welcome our shared progress in implementing Canada`s agricultural partnership in Manitoba, and signing the multilateral agreement is an important step. This framework will provide even more opportunities for Manitoba`s agricultural sector. The goal of our government is to ensure a smooth transition to the partnership programs when it comes into force this spring. The Manitoba government has formally signed a multilateral agreement with the Government of Canada to implement a new five-year agricultural policy called the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP), as announced today by federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay and Manitoba Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler. The partnership provides cost-share to support farmers, processors, other businesses, industry organizations and strategic partnerships. Resources available under the program may vary depending on the date of application registration and the availability of resources. In July 2017, state, provincial and territorial agriculture ministers (FPT) agreed on the principle of key elements of Canada`s Agricultural Partnership, a five-year, $3 billion investment that will provide a solid foundation for the future of Canadian farmers and food processors and will continue to help them grow, innovate and prosper. [A series of images of Canada`s agricultural sector appears quickly, successively on screen. In the photos, we see some of the goals of the partnership.] The federal, provincial and territorial governments are also continuing their work towards bilateral agreements.

This investment is spread over a 60:40 basis and is provided by the provinces and territories to ensure that programs are tailored to regional needs. The agreement includes commitments from the state for the continuation of risk management programs such as AgriInsurance, AgriStability and AgriInvest. In Manitoba, federal and provincial governments will invest a total of $176 million in strategic planning for the sustainability and competitiveness of the agri-food sector as part of the partnership. This investment is shared, with 60 per cent of the funds provided by the federal government and 40 per cent by the provinces and territories. The provinces and territories provide the partnership programs to ensure they meet regional needs. For nearly 15 years, federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) governments have used an agricultural policy framework to ensure a collaborative approach that encourages investment, adaptation and sustainable growth in this sector. The multilateral agreement is the first step in establishing the partnership in Manitoba to ensure access to appropriate programs and financial resources for farmers, agricultural processors, researchers and other stakeholders.

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