Meetings of Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers of Agriculture
As agriculture is a shared federal-provincial-territorial responsibility in Canada, agriculture ministers from across the country typically meet face-to-face at least once each year to talk about issues facing the agriculture and agri-food sector, and to make decisions on how to address these issues. These meetings include a two-day annual conference, usually held in July, as well as one-day meetings as necessary.
Each year, the co-chair duties rotate between the provinces and territories. The provincial co-chair hosts the annual conference in their own province or territory, and co-chairs the other meetings that year with the federal minister of agriculture and agri-food. Ministers receive presentations from officials, discuss policy options, and make decisions that help build a stronger future for agriculture in Canada.
The annual conference usually concludes with a news conference or media availability. Ministers also issue a communiqué following each meeting that provides an overview of the topics they discussed and the key decisions they reached at the meeting.
2020 Virtual Conference
Due to the ongoing challenges of COVID-19, Ministers will meet virtually on November 20th and 27th to discuss current sector priorities.
- Canada’s Ministers of Agriculture focus on important support measures for farmers and processors at their annual conference [November 27, 2020]
- Canadian Ministers of Agriculture better position farmers and processors for recovery and growth [November 20, 2020]
- Canada’s Ministers of Agriculture advance improvements to business risk management programs and collaborate on other priorities [December 17, 2019]
- Canada's Ministers of Agriculture meet to drive a strong and innovative agriculture and agri-food sector [July 19, 2019]
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