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Canada not benefiting from CETA, Bibeau says

Ex-premiers write to Ottawa with critique of EU's continued trade barriers

Canada is not benefiting from the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with the European Union (EU), federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau grants. Expected to spur $1.5 billion in new agri-food exports, the free trade deal has fallen short of those targets since its implementation in 2017. In a letter Monday to Prime Minister Justin

Timelines to redistribute excess food supplies will vary on the types of food being delivered.

Feds roll out Surplus Food Rescue Program dollars

Seven groups will distribute excess food to those in need

Food Banks Canada and seven other organizations have been selected by the federal government to redistribute excess food supplies to communities in need. The Surplus Food Rescue Program was created in May with $50 million in funding as part of Ottawa’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. “We wanted the projects to be all inclusive, from


Industry ‘disappointed’ in Bibeau’s AgriInvest comments

Ottawa wants producers to use the money in their AgriInvest accounts, but farm groups say thoseindividual accounts often don’t amount to much

Industry groups are firing back after federal Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau said she was disappointed to see more than $2 billion still sitting in AgriInvest accounts. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, a back and forth has gone on between Ottawa and producers over money being held in those accounts. Ottawa and the ag sector

Federal government offers more measures to help agricultural sector

Latest moves include investment fund, changes to TFW program

The federal government continues to unveil policies and dollars it says will assist the 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

Bibeau faces off with opposition MPs over pandemic supports

The government is under pressure to come up with more farm aid

Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Marie-Claude Bibeau confirmed to a parliamentary committee that the cost of business risk management (BRM) programs would exceed its usual expense because of COVID-19. Typically around $1.6 billion is spent on the programming each year, but earlier this month Bibeau told the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food the amount


Pork sector’s calls for aid heard, not yet answered

Federal government says it's examining "all options"

Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau’s office said late last week the government is working “around the clock” to respond to the pandemic’s impact on farmers and agri-food businesses. But there was no commitment to the direct support Canadian pork industry officials say is now necessary to carry the sector through a crisis which has led

Beef cattle producers seek new set-aside plan

Cattle groups, Tories call for revival of BSE-era program

Canada’s beef cattle producer groups and federal Conservatives want to see the revival of a BSE-era program to hold cattle back against the risk of further lost options for slaughter. The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association on Monday hearkened back to its March 24 list of recommendations to the federal government for support measures against the impacts

Increased federal support for TFWs welcomed

Ottawa — The Canadian Horticultural Council says Monday’s federal announcement offering $50 million to help cover the extra costs associated with importing foreign workers this year is welcomed support. “We are finding that there are a lot of increased costs this year with COVID-19 and bringing in the employees, so having the extra money will


Federal government to backstop TFW isolation with funding

Employers backed to provide mandatory two-week isolation

Farming and agrifood employers bringing temporary foreign workers (TFWs) to Canada will get per-worker support to make sure those employees can self-isolate for 14 days on arrival. Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau on Monday announced up to $50 million for such employers to put such measures in place. As part of its response to the COVID-19

Agriculture sector welcomes recent “essential” designation

COVID-19: Companies say the announcement gives them clarity in their operations

Obviously agriculture is essential, but the federal government “deemed” it so April 2 as the country battles to slow the spread of COVID-19. The move was welcomed by the Western Grain Elevator Association (WGEA), which represents Canada’s biggest grain companies. “For our sector we feel there’s enough clarity that we are to keep operating as