Farm Credit Canada Mandate Letter
August 31, 2016
Mr. Dale Johnston
Farm Credit Canada
1800 Hamilton Street
PO Box 4320
Regina, Saskatchewan S4P 4L3
Dear Mr. Johnston:
The Government of Canada has made broad commitments to inclusive and sustainable economic growth, greater social inclusion, an open and transparent government, and a safer Canada. As Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, I am accountable for delivering on these commitments along with the sector-specific priorities identified in my mandate letter from the Prime Minister.
The Government has placed a strong emphasis on delivering results. The Prime Minister and the President of the Treasury Board are working to develop new, more effective reporting processes that will allow Canadians to more easily follow the Government’s progress toward delivering on its priorities.
The Government is committed to pursuing its goals with a renewed sense of collaboration with a focus on improving partnerships with provincial and territorial governments and Canada’s Indigenous peoples. The Government has set a higher bar for openness and transparency within government. We are also expected to support the Government’s implementation of its new selection process for Governor in Council and ministerial appointments, identifying high-quality candidates through an open, transparent, and merit-based process that will help achieve gender parity and truly reflect Canada’s diversity.
The Prime Minister’s Open and Accountable Government identifies mandate letters from the Minister to portfolio organizations as a best practice for ensuring the integrity and coherence of government activities in an integrated way that best supports the Portfolio and the sector.
As Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, my overarching goal is to support the agriculture sector in a way that allows it to be a leader in job creation and innovation. My mandate letter sets out sector-specific priorities that include helping the sector get products to markets, research and innovation, food safety, and export support.
As Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada works to advance these priorities, the Deputy Minister and I will engage the portfolio organizations on the priorities that fall within their respective mandates. This letter is intended to serve as the basis of an ongoing dialogue between me and your organization as part of the Agriculture and Agri-Food Portfolio.
There is important work to be done within the agriculture sector, and I ask that Farm Credit Canada continue to support the Deputy Minister in her role as my principal source of public service support and policy advice for the Agriculture and Agri-Food Portfolio. The Deputy Minister is responsible for ensuring that the Portfolio functions in a coordinated and coherent manner while respecting the separate accountability relationships and mandates of each portfolio partner. It is my expectation that Farm Credit Canada, the Deputy Minister, and the Department will be in regular communication so that all parties have the information they need to support the sector in a timely and responsible manner that is consistent with the overall direction and priorities of the Government.
Consistent with its mandate, I ask that Farm Credit Canada deliver on the following priorities:
- As Canada’s national provider of financial and business services tailored exclusively to the needs and opportunities of the agriculture and agri-food industry, it is essential that Farm Credit Canada work to ensure that producers and processors have access to needed capital through all economic cycles.
- Continue to provide access to capital to allow farm families, producers, and businesses along the entire agriculture value chain to continue to grow their businesses, adopt innovative practices and business models, pursue new markets, and adopt new technology. Continued attention should be given to products and services that facilitate intergenerational transfers, assist young and new farmers entering the industry, promote sustainability, and enhance Canada’s food-processing sector to add value here at home before export.
- Continue to strengthen Farm Credit Canada’s relationship with other financial institutions, including Canadian banks and credit unions, to explore opportunities for collaboration and syndicated financing opportunities in order to strengthen Canadian agriculture and rural Canada.
- Support Canadian agricultural interests arising from trade negotiations by continuing to work with Business Development Canada and Export Development Canada, along with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and private sector organizations, to ensure that Canadian agriculture and agri-food companies have adequate access to capital to succeed in international markets.
- Continue to invest in venture capital funds dedicated to agriculture to ensure that higher-risk venture capital and expertise is available to a growing number of innovative firms.
- Continue to help make the industry more competitive in the global marketplace by sharing the latest business management practices and economic insights through workshops, publications, and learning forums.
- Continue to promote and support industry-driven initiatives that foster a deeper public understanding of agricultural practices, help ensure that producers are aware of the latest consumer trends, promote better public understanding of food production, and encourage the industry to maintain its social license to operate.
- Support the Governor in Council appointment process by developing position profiles for Farm Credit Canada board positions and providing other relevant information to help inform the appointment process.
I expect Farm Credit Canada’s work and conduct to reflect the Government’s commitment to an open, honest government that is accountable to Canadians, lives up to the highest ethical standards, and applies the utmost care and prudence in the handling of public funds.
The Government of Canada has placed a strong emphasis on achieving results, and I know that I can count on Farm Credit Canada to fulfill these commitments and priorities over the course of the Government’s four-year mandate. I encourage Farm Credit Canada to work with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada to develop performance measures that can be used to effectively track and report on progress of the priorities identified above. I recognize that other issues will arise and trust that you will engage constructively and add priorities to this agenda as appropriate.
I look forward to working together to make Canada’s agriculture sector safer, stronger, and more innovative.
Original signed by
Lawrence MacAulay, PC, MP
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