Ministers of Agriculture from across the country have agreed to Growing Forward, a market-driven vision for Canada's agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products industry in every region of the country. For producers, this means a new suite of business risk management programs to help manage the risks of doing business.
The AgriInvest program is part of the new suite of business risk management programs. AgriInvest is a savings account for producers that provides flexible coverage for small income declines, and supports investments that help mitigate risks or improve market income. Starting with the 2007 program year, AgriInvest replaced the coverage provided under the Canadian Agricultural Income Stabilization (CAIS) program for income declines up to 15 percent.
To assist producers in the transition to the new suite of business risk management programs, the Government of Canada (GoC) provided an initial $600 million towards the AgriInvest savings accounts through the AgriInvest Kickstart Program (Kickstart). Kickstart payments were issued during the last year of the CAIS program (2006 program year) using a system designed specifically for the Kickstart Program.
As the AgriInvest Kickstart program involved the collection and management of personal information, a Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) was conducted to determine if there were any privacy risks, and if so, to make recommendations for their resolution or mitigation.
The scope of the PIA was restricted to the business process and basic data flows of personal information associated with Kickstart. This included AAFC's collection, use, retention, disclosure and disposition of personal information in the context of Kickstart. The PIA did not include the personal information management practices related to AgriInvest.
As a result of the PIA, measures were determined to mitigate any risks associated with the collection of personal information. These include: limiting access to personal information, appropriate segregation of duties, the revision of Personal Information Bank details and establishing the retention authority. Kickstart is not an ongoing program however the mitigating measures identified in the PIA have been considered in subsequent programming.
For further information please contact:
Access to Information and Privacy
Tower 4, 5th Floor
1341 Baseline Road, Room 264
Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0C5
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