The Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (Sustainable CAP) officially went into effect on April 1, replacing the previous Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP). The federal, provincial and territorial governments collaborated on this five-year policy framework to ensure that there is no gap between the end of the former agreement and this new one, benefitting farmers and processors across all of Canada.
This agreement has provisioned $1 billion for federal programs and activities, and $2.5 billion for cost-shared programs and activities funded by federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) governments – up 25 per cent from the 2018-2023 CAP.
“The initiatives that will be rolled out over the next five years will allow the sector to continue to be a world leader in sustainable agricultural, while also allowing farmers to stay productive and competitive so that they can ensure our food security and sustain their livelihood,” said Marie-Claude Bibeau, federal minister of agriculture and agri-food, in a statement.
The renewed, federally funded programs to support sector growth under Sustainable CAP were launched on March 6. Details and applications are available online for AgriAssurance, AgriCompetitiveness, AgriDiversity, AgriInnovate, AgriMarketing and AgriScience.
The $2.5 billion in cost-shared programming included in the Sustainable CAP will be delivered by provincial and territorial governments. Bilateral agreements between the Government of Canada and the provincial and territorial governments are in the process of being finalized.
Sustainable CAP includes, among other things, a new $250 million Resilient Agricultural Landscape Program to support ecological goods and services offered by the agricultural sector.
Canadian producers will also have access to an enhanced suite of business risk management programs to help them manage significant risks that threaten the viability of their farms and are beyond their capacity to manage, including an increase of the compensation rate from 70 to 80 per cent in AgriStability.
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