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ecoAgriculture Biofuels Capital and Agri-Opportunities Program

Introduction

ecoAgriculture Biofuels Capital (ecoABC) Initiative is a federal $200 million multi-year program ending on March 31, 2013 that provides repayable contributions for the construction or expansion of transportation biofuel production facilities. Funding is conditional upon agricultural producer investment in the biofuel projects and the use of agricultural feedstock to produce the biofuel.

The Agri-Opportunities Program is a $134 million program ending March 31, 2011 that provides funds to accelerate the commercialization of new innovative value-added agricultural, agri-food and agri-based products, services and processes that are currently not commercially produced or available in Canada and that are ready to be introduced into the marketplace. Funding is provided for projects that can be expected to increase market opportunity for the Canadian agricultural industry across the value chain and generate demand for primary agricultural products.

Both programs are being administered by the Biofuels and Opportunities Division, within the Agriculture Transformation Programs Directorate of the Farm Financial Programs Branch (FFPB).

Objective

As the ecoABC Initiative and Agri-Opportunities Program involve 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.

Description

The scope of this PIA is restricted to the business process and basic data flows of personal information associated with ecoABC and Agri-Opportunities. This includes AAFC's collection, use, retention, disclosure and disposal of personal information in the context of ecoABC and Agri-Opportunities.

Personal Information Banks (PIB) ecoABC PPU 612 and Agri-Opportunities PPU 606 outline the details regarding the personal information collected under each program, including the purpose, use, retention and disposal standards.

Conclusion

As a result of the PIA, measures have been determined to mitigate risks associated with the collection of personal information. These include: the creation of Personal Information Banks; modification of the ecoABC farmer status verification process and a revision of privacy notices on forms for ecoABC.

For further information on this PIA please contact:

Access to Information and Privacy
Tower 4, 5th Floor
1341 Baseline Road, Room 264
Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0C5
Telephone: 613-773-1390
Facsimile: 613-773-1380
Email: aafc.atip-aiprp.aac@canada.ca

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