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Key Regulations for important Agriculture Programs

Agricultural Marketing Programs Regulations

The purpose of Agricultural Marketing Programs Regulations under the Agricultural Marketing Programs Act (AMPA) is to provide additional details and guidance for the implementation of the Act.

The Agricultural Marketing Program Regulations came into force on June 23, 1999, and was last amended on November 27, 2006.

Key elements of the Agricultural Marketing Programs Regulations

This regulation prescribes key elements and definitions underlying the Advance Payments Program (APP) such as state of the product, ownership and responsibilities for marketing an eligible agricultural product. It also includes provisions for the calculation of the administrator's liability, conditions for guarantee payments, limitation for payments without proof of sale, definition of an overpayment and security requirements.

How the Agricultural Marketing Programs Regulations affect Canadian businesses

The regulation pertaining to AMPA complements the legislation in providing a framework for the delivery of the APP. The APP is a federal loan guarantee program that facilitates access to credit for producers. With the protection of a loan guarantee in place - through an agreement between the Administrator, the Lender and AAFC - administrators are able to make cash advances (maximum $400,000) to producers. The intended benefit of the APP is to facilitate access to cash advances to producers for their agricultural products, allowing them to meet their short-term financial obligations. This gives producers the flexibility to spread the marketing of their agricultural products throughout the production period when market conditions are better, thus helping the producers base their marketing decisions on market conditions rather than on their short-term cash flow needs.

Visit the Advance Payments Program for more information regarding regulations under the Agricultural Marketing Programs Regulations.

Livestock Pedigree Associations Winding-up Regulations

The purpose of Livestock Pedigree Associations Winding-up Regulations is to describe the process for the voluntary winding–up of the affairs of a livestock pedigree association incorporated under the Animal Pedigree Act.

The Livestock Pedigree Association Winding-up Regulations came into force on March 19, 1980.

Key elements of the Livestock Pedigree Association Winding-up Regulations

The regulation includes a description of the conditions under which and how the affairs of an association can be wound up, as well as the process for the disposition of assets.

How the Livestock Pedigree Association Winding-up Regulations affect Canadian businesses

This regulation does not affect Canadian businesses.

Visit Animal Genetics for questions regarding regulations under the Animal Pedigree Act.

Canadian Agricultural Loans Regulations

The purpose of Canadian Agricultural Loans Regulations under the Canadian Agricultural Loans Act (CALA) is to outline the procedures to be followed and conditions to be met in granting and administering loans under the CALA as well as submission and substantiation of claims for loss.

The Canadian Agricultural Loans Regulations came into force on May 30, 1999, and was last amended on February 28, 2014.

Key elements of the Canadian Agricultural Loans Regulations

Key elements of this regulation include: purposes for the loan; conditions that must be met to obtain a guaranteed loan; interest rates; security requirements; process for loan registration; fees and charges; and procedure on default and for claims.

How the Canadian Agricultural Loans Regulations affect Canadian businesses

The regulation pertaining to CALA complements the legislation in providing a framework for the delivery of the Act. CALA is a federal loan guarantee program designed to increase the availability of loans for the purpose of the establishment, improvement and development of farms and the processing, distribution or marketing the products of farming by agricultural co-operatives. Under the Act, the Minister is liable to pay to the lender 95% of a loss sustained on a CALA registered loan provided that the requirements of the Act and the regulations have been met.

Visit the Canadian Agricultural Loans Act program for questions regarding regulations under the Canadian Agricultural Loans Act. For additional information, visit Canadian Agricultural Loans Act program Frequently Asked Questions.

Farm Debt Mediation Regulations

The purpose of Farm Debt Mediation Regulations under the Farm Debt Mediation Act is to enable the Farm Debt Mediation Service.

The Farm Debt Mediation Regulations came into force on April 1, 1998.

Key elements of the Farm Debt Mediation Regulations

Key elements of this regulation include the requirements for the appointment of mediators, an overview of the composition of appeal boards, board member entitlements and chairperson responsibilities, and an overview of appeal procedures.

How the Farm Debt Mediation Regulations affect Canadian businesses

The Farm Debt Mediation Service offers financial counselling and mediation services to farmers who are having difficulties meeting their financial obligations. It is a free and voluntary service for both producers and for creditor(s). The service helps bring producers and their creditor(s) together with a mediator in a neutral forum to reach a mutually acceptable solution.

Visit the Farm Debt Mediation Service for questions regarding regulations under the Farm Debt Mediation Regulations.

Canada Production Insurance Regulations

The purpose of the Canada Production Insurance Regulations under the Farm Income Protection Act is to outline the parameters for production insurance agreements between the Government of Canada and the provinces to provide insurance protection and compensation for production and asset losses under the AgriInsurance Program.

The Canada Production Insurance Regulations came into force on March 22, 2005.

Key elements of the Canada Production Insurance Regulations

Key elements of this regulation include the general provisions for the AgriInsurance program, coverage levels, the determination of loss and conditions for payment by the Government of Canada.

How the Canada Production Insurance Regulations affect Canadian businesses

Programming enabled by this regulation helps farmers protect their income and provides insurance and compensation against production losses for specified perils (weather, pests, disease, wildlife).

Visit the AgriInsurance Program for questions regarding regulations under the Canada Production Insurance Regulations.

Pari-Mutuel Betting Supervision Regulations

Through the Pari-Mutuel Betting Supervision Regulations, the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food—pursuant to section 204 of the Criminal Code—makes regulations respecting the supervision and operation of pari-mutuel betting in Canada on horse racing and the prohibition, restriction and regulation of the possession of drugs and equipment used in the administering of drugs at race courses in Canada.

The Pari-Mutuel Betting Supervision Regulations came into force on May 31, 1991 and were last amended on June 1, 2018.

Key elements of the Pari-Mutuel Betting Supervision Regulations

The Pari-Mutuel Betting Supervision Regulations are in place to protect the Canadian betting public. Key elements of the Regulations include:

How the Pari-Mutuel Betting Supervision Regulations affect Canadian businesses

Only Canadian businesses that are incorporated and conduct horse racing in the normal course of their business may seek approval to operate a pari-mutuel system of betting on horse racing. Failure to comply with the provisions of the Pari-Mutuel Betting Supervision Regulations is an indictable offense or an offense punishable upon summary conviction.

Visit the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency or send an email to aafc.cpmawebacpm.aac@canada.ca for inquiries pertaining to the Pari-Mutuel Betting Supervision Regulations.

Consult Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Acts and Regulations web page for:

Consult the following for links to the Cabinet Directive on Regulation and supporting policies and guidance, and for information on government-wide regulatory initiatives implemented by departments and agencies across the Government of Canada:

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