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Ministerial Transition Books - Binder 1
Hot issues and early engagement opportunities

November 20, 2019

Hot issues

Harvest 2019 - Tab 1

Issue - Harvest 2019

Cold, wet conditions combined with severe weather events have led to a late harvest and significant production challenges for producers across the Prairies, British Columbia and the Atlantic.

Background

Despite poor weather during the harvest season in Western and Atlantic Canada, current estimates have the 2019 crop coming in at 95.58 million tonnes nationally, which would be the second largest on record, after 2013. The table below provides a summary for Western Canada, and at the national level, of estimated total production of principal field crops in 2019 compared with last year, the previous five year average and the 2013 record harvest.

Estimated total production, principal field crops
millions of tons
2013 2014 to 2018 2018 2019
Western Canada 77.08 68.74 71.37 74.95
All of Canada 97.95 89.61 93.15 95.58

Cold and wet conditions in the Prairies, including damage from frost, have resulted in a difficult harvest for potato and sugar beet producers, in particular. In Manitoba, it is estimated that up to 18% (12,000 acres) of seeded potato area will remain unharvested. Approximately 45% (12,600 of 28,000 contracted acres) of all sugar beets in Alberta will not be harvested due to severe weather in September in Alberta. If these figures are correct, this would be the lowest level of sugar beet production since 2009.

Livestock producers in certain parts of British Columbia have been unable to harvest forage due to excess moisture, flooding, and standing water. Producers in these areas are experiencing feed shortages and elevated costs for replacement feed.

In September, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and New Brunswick experienced exceptionally strong winds and high levels of rainfall due to Hurricane Dorian. The full impact of the hurricane is not yet known. However, there are preliminary reports of damage to silage corn and fruit trees that may result in extraordinary recovery costs.

Current status - Harvest 2019

With more snowfall and cooler weather since the beginning of November, harvest season has essentially ended in Western Canada. Based on provincial sources, as of November  12, harvest of principal field crops is 91% complete in Manitoba and 89% in Alberta. For Saskatchewan, harvest was 90% complete as of October  28, based on the province's last crop report for the 2019 to 20 20 season. The table below summarizes harvest completion by province and for selected major crops as of November  12, 2019.

Harvest completion, all crops and selected major crops, by province (%)
All crops Selected crops, 2019
Province 2019 2018 5-year average Spring wheat Barley Canola Soybeans
Manitoba[1] 91 97 94 98 99 94 82
Saskatchewan[2] 90 99 96 92 94 88 76
Alberta 89 78 n/a 90 93 83 n/a

[1] Three-year average for Manitoba.

[2] Figures are as of October  28, 2019.

Crops left out in poor weather are expected to be of lower quality, however quality data is not as comprehensive or reliable as data on yields and production. Preliminary quality data from the Canadian Grain Commission for selected major crops in Western Canada indicates that canola quality is comparable to last year, but that wheat quality is down from last year. The following table compares this year's crop quality with 2018 for canola, hard red spring wheat (CWRS), and durum wheat (CWAD) on the prairies. Note that this data is based on voluntary samples supplied by producers and grain companies, and may not reflect actual quality distributions across grades. Moreover, these results are mostly based on samples of crops that have been harvested prior to November  1, and may not be representative of later-harvested crops, which are expected to be poorer quality.

Crop quality for canola, hard red spring wheat (CWRS) and durum wheat (CWAD), 2019 and 2018 (%)
2019 2018
Canola No. 1 89 75
CWRS No. 1 35 56
CWRS No. 2 40 18
CWAD No. 1 27 67
CWAD No. 2 26 17

It is expected that producers will need to do more grain drying this year than they would normally do. Media reports indicate that demand for propane to support grain drying is up this year.

Final data on the harvest is not yet available from Statistics Canada. Post-harvest estimates of yield and harvested area for grains, sugar beets and potatoes will be released December 6, which will provide additional information on the impact of poor weather on the crop. Data on fruits and vegetables will not be available until February 2020.

Federal-provincial cost-shared risk management programs are expected to partially cover producers' income losses due to poor weather this harvest season.

Market access issues - Tab 2

Issue - Market access issues

There are a number of significant market access issues affecting the Canadian agriculture and agri-food sector, most notably access for Canadian canola to China, pulses to India, and Durum wheat to Italy.

Context - Market access issues

The Government of Canada set a target to achieve $75 billion in agriculture agri-food exports by 2025, and as exports continue to increase, industry is on track to meeting this target, reaching $66.3 billion in 2018. From 2014 to 2018, total Canadian agri-food exports increased by 17.3% and they have risen by 4% so far in 2019.

The focus, in recent years, has been on: expanding opportunities through trade agreements. While free trade agreements offer broader access, the agriculture and agri-food sector is particularly vulnerable to commodity-specific technical issues that can affect trade (particularly for single market exports).The World Trade Organization (WTO) has noted continued growth in Sanitary and Phytosanitary measures and Technical Barriers to Trade.

Background - Market access issues

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Canola to China

In March 2019, China suspended two Canadian companies from exporting canola seed to China due to the alleged detection of certain pests of quarantine concern. China subsequently announced that it would increase inspection on all Canadian canola seed shipments. Canada is China's main supplier of canola seed for oil crushing, with exports of $2.8 billion in 2018. Exports so far in 2019 are about one-third of their 2018 levels. With respect to exports of other canola products, canola oil exports are down by 21.6% and canola meal exports are up slightly so far in 2019.

In response to the decrease in canola seed exports to China, amendments were made to a federal program that provides cash advances to producers, the Advance Payments Program. Loan limits were increased from $400,000 to $1 million for all producers on a permanent basis, and increase the interest-free portion of loans on canola advances from $100,000 to $500,000 in the 2019 program year under the Advance Payments Program. Export Development Canada (EDC) also announced an additional $150 million in insurance support to Canadian canola exporters to assist in managing the risks in exploring non-traditional markets.

WTO consultations between Canada and China took place on October 28, 2019. Consultations provided an opportunity for important face-to-face discussions. Canada will need to fully consider the additional information provided by China before determining next steps.

Considerations - Market access issues

Stakeholders have called upon the Government of Canada to resolve canola market access issues and provide financial support in a timely manner. Financial support has already been provided (such as increased support for canola producers through the Advance Payment Program).

Resolving market access issues is often a lengthy, comprehensive and resource-intensive process that requires interdepartmental collaboration between AAFC, Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Global Affairs Canada. It requires sustained technical, and diplomatic efforts, as well as the ability to swiftly react to emerging issues and work collaboratively to achieve results.

Next steps - Market access issues

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Other access issues

Beef and pork to China

The CFIA identified an issue involving inauthentic export certificates specific to exports of meat products to China. This case is linked to inauthentic export certificates for products of unknown origin. As of June 25, 2019, at the request of the General Administration of Customs China (GACC), the CFIA stopped issuing export certificates for meat (beef and pork) and meat products to China, effectively ending imports of Canadian pork and beef into China.

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On November 5, 2019, China notified the Canadian Embassy in Beijing that the export of pork and beef products to China could resume effective November 5, 2019. Those establishments eligible to export to China on June 25, 2019, can resume the export of trade. Establishments that were ineligible to export to China on June 24, 2019, remain ineligible at this time.

In 2018, Canadian exports to China of beef and beef products totaled C$97.3 million and exports of pork and pork products totaled C$514.6 million.

Pulses to India

Since 2017, India has applied a number of restrictive measures impacting the trade of pulses (e.g. lentils and peas): holding shipments due to weed seed, mandatory fumigation requirements for imports, increases in import tariffs on all pulses and quantitative restrictions on dry peas imports. As a result of these measures, Canada's total agri-food exports to India has fluctuated significantly in recent years, decreasing approximately 82% from $940  million in 2017 to $169  million in 2018, and to $386  million in 2019 to date. Canada continues to raise these issues at every opportunity, including at World Trade Organization meetings. Canada is also working with the United States, which is similarly impacted, to advocate for science-based measures. ██████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████

Durum wheat to Italy

In 2018, exports of Canadian durum wheat to Italy declined 73% in value from the previous five year average (2013 to 2017). From January to September 2019, Canada exported $184.4 million (583,674 tonnes) of durum wheat to Italy. Widespread public campaigns in Italy, over the safety of Canada's use of glyphosate (a herbicide), have damaged the reputation of Canadian durum wheat in the Italian marketplace, and contributed to declines in exports. These declines were further compounded in February 2018, when Italy implemented a country-of-origin labelling (COOL) measure for pasta products. ███████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████

Stakeholder views

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Annex: Canola Exports to China

Issue - Canola Exports to China

China suspended Richardson and Viterra (and their affiliates) from exporting canola seed to China in March 2019 due to the alleged detection of certain pests of quarantine concern. China has also increased inspection on all remaining Canadian canola seed shipments.

Background - Canola Exports to China

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Canada is China's main supplier of canola seed for oil crushing, with exports reaching $2.8 billion in 2018, a 7.1% increase over 2017 ($2.6 billion) and a 45.5% increase over 2016 ($1.9 billion), representing Canada's largest agricultural export to China. Canadian canola seed exports to China are down 68% in 2019 compared to 2018 over the same period (January to August).

Current status - Canola Exports to China

Canada and China have held teleconference calls and exchanged technical information. A recent technical teleconference took place on September 26, 2019 between plant health experts and both parties agreed to hold another teleconference to further discuss specific issues. WTO Consultations between Canada and China took place on October 28, 2019. Consultations provided an opportunity for important face-to-face discussions. Canada will need to fully consider the additional information provided by China before determining next steps.

Due to lack of substantive progress at the technical level to resolve this issue scientifically, Canada requested formal consultations under the WTO Dispute Settlement Understanding on September 9, 2019. The WTO consultation request is the first step of formal dispute settlement process to discuss the matter without resorting to litigation. Unless otherwise agreed, both Canada and China must enter into consultations within 30 days after the receipt date of the request for consultations. Canada and China have agreed to meet for the consultations on October 28, 2019.

Stakeholder views - Canola Exports to China

Resolution of this issue is a high priority for the Canadian canola sector. Canada set up an Industry-Government Canola Working Group, which continues to meet, to find ways to help industry navigate through this uncertain time (such as market diversification, enhanced producer support).

The memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed between Canada and China in September 2016 allows for exports of canola seeds to China under the existing commercial terms (e.g., 2.5% dockageFootnote 1 level or lower) until March 31, 2020. █████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████

Considerations - Canola Exports to China

Government of Canada officials continue to encourage China to participate in a face-to-face, in-depth technical meeting with our plant health experts as soon as possible in order to identify a science-based solution.

Business Risk Management programming - Tab 3

Issue - Business Risk Management programming

FPT Ministers made a commitment to meet by the end of 2019 to consider proposed changes to the AgriStability program.

Background - Business Risk Management programming

Business Risk Management (BRM) programs help producers manage risks that are beyond their capacity to manage, and threaten the viability of their farms. The current suite of programs are Federal-Provincial-Territorial (FPT) cost-shared. While programs have evolved, governments have provided risk management support to the sector for decades.

Under the 2013-to-2018 FPT agricultural partnership, Growing Forward 2, BRM programs were amended to shift slightly more risk management to producers, to encourage producers to manage normal risks and governments to focus on severe market volatility and disasters. This evolution in programming for producers was paired with a shift to more broad sector-level (non-BRM) investments intended to support innovation and growth in the sector. This fundamental change was maintained under the current Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP).

The CAP framework (2018 to 2023) includes the following BRM programs, which provide approximately $1.5 billion in annual support to producers:

  • AgriInsurance: a production insurance program that protects against natural hazards (weather, pest and disease). Approximately $1 billion in annual FPT cost-shared support.
  • AgriStability: a program available for all commodity types, that helps producers when their farm income falls below 70% of the previous five year average. Approximately $300 million in annual FPT cost-shared support, but variable.
  • AgriInvest: a self-managed savings account for producers to set money aside to recover from small income shortfalls, or to make investments that reduce on-farm risks. Governments match a producer's contribution to the account to a maximum of 1% of annual sales or $10,000 per year. Approximately $275 million in annual FPT cost-shared support.
  • AgriRecovery: an FPT framework that facilitates a coordinated response to natural disasters and disease/pest outbreaks. Intended to assist producers with the extraordinary costs to recover. Approximately $7 million in annual FPT cost-shared support.
  • AgriRisk Initiatives: a federally delivered program that supports the development of industry-led, private sector risk management tools. Under CAP, $11 million is allocated to the program each year.

Under the CAP agreement, FPT Ministers agreed to undertake a review of BRM programs to assess their effectiveness and impact on growth and innovation. ██████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████

An external expert panel consisting of producers, academics and other experts was established to provide feedback and guidance on the review. Key areas outlined in the expert panel's 2018 report to FPT Ministers included: addressing long-standing timeliness, complexity and predictability criticisms with AgriStability; and improving ‘equity' for all agricultural producers, regardless of commodity or region. ███████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████

The panel also suggested that governments encourage the development of more risk management tools paid for by producers, such as private sector insurance, so they can supplement their coverage available through AgriStability and other BRM programs.

Considerations - Business Risk Management programming

Recent market access issues coupled with price declines for certain commodities have heightened industry stakeholder calls for governments to increase AgriStability funding.

At their July 2019 annual conference, FPT Ministers directed officials to return with proposals for immediate changes to AgriStability to enhance program efficiencies, ease administration, and incent the use of private insurance products.

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Industry stakeholders, including the AgGrowth Coalition, which comprises the largest and most influential sector groups, continue to request that the AgriStability program revert to the higher level of support offered under the Growing Forward FPT framework (2008 to 2013), where producers received a payment when their net revenues from farming fell below 85% of the previous five year average. █████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████

The department regularly engages the sector, including through the National Program Advisory Committee (NPAC), which was formed to provide advice to FPT governments on the delivery of BRM programs. NPAC will be meeting in late November 2019, in advance of the FPT Ministers meeting, and is expected to provide feedback on the proposed changes. Any increases in support will require agreement from PT partners, who contribute 40% of BRM spending.

Your recent platform commitment includes a new review of BRM programs focused on AgriStability with the potential for increased support. Officials are developing approaches to improve AgriStability and the BRM suite, informed by the findings of the previous 2018 Review. ████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████

Next steps - Business Risk Management programming

It is recommended that you engage with your provincial and territorial colleagues in December to provide direction on next steps. The meeting could take the form of a conference call or a face to face meeting and would provide an opportunity to engage with your provincial and territorial colleagues, both on near-term changes to the programs and a longer-term agenda for BRM reform.

Supply management programming - Tab 4

Issue

Market access commitments made under the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA), and Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), and the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) will impact dairy, poultry and egg producers and processors. On October 29, 2018, the Government of Canada committed to provide full and fair support for supply managed producers and processors for impacts of CUSMA and CPTPP.

Background

Supply management is the production and marketing system under which dairy, eggs, broiler hatching eggs, chicken and turkey are produced in Canada. Through the three pillars of the supply management system: production, price and import control, Canadian producers are ensured a reasonable return for their labour and investments, while consumers receive a continuous and adequate supply of products. The supply-managed sectors generate over $11 billion in farm cash receipts, accounting for approximately 19% of total farm cash receipts.

Under supply management, domestic production is restricted to meet domestic demand. By conceding market access in recent trade agreements, imported dairy, poultry and egg products under these agreements will offset what otherwise would have been supplied by Canadian supply managed producers.

Following the completion of CUSMA negotiations, three working groups were announced in October 2018, two with the dairy sector, and one with the poultry and egg sector to determine the impacts of these trade agreements, consider options to address these impacts, and develop a future vision for the sectors. By spring 2019, the work of the Poultry and Egg Working Group, and Dairy Mitigation Working Group had concluded, and their recommendations were shared with the Minister. The work of the Strategic Dairy Working Group remains ongoing.

Budget 2019 committed up to $3.9 billion to support eligible dairy, poultry and egg producers in response to CETA and CPTPP, including the $250 million already provided to dairy farmers for CETA. Under the Budget 2019 commitment, an additional $2.15 billion will be made available to producers to compensate for income losses, and $1.5 billion was set aside to protect against any reductions in quota value when quota is sold.

Current status

On August 16, 2019 further details of the in Budget 2019 commitments were announced, covering $1.75 billion over eight years for Canada's dairy farmers, in addition to the previously announced $250 million Dairy Farm Investment Program for a total of $2 billion in federal support to dairy producers.

Of this amount, $345 million will be paid in the first year, in the form of direct payments and will benefit all dairy producers in proportion to their quota held. The program will be administered by the Canadian Dairy Commission and AAFC. Payments will help dairy producers adapt to the CPTPP and CETA market conditions by replacing foregone income, increase producer confidence in the future of the supply management system, and provide producers with the opportunity to make investments in their operations. Details of the remaining $1.405 billion will be determined in consultation with stakeholders.

Stakeholder views

Reaction by the supply-managed sectors to measures announced in Budget 2019 to support supply-managed sectors has been largely positive. Several stakeholder organizations, including national and provincial dairy boards, released statements following the budget announcement which were generally positive, with some stakeholders citing concern over a lack of details or support in light of the CUSMA.

Dairy Farmers of Canada, in a news release on August 16, welcomed the Government of Canada's announcement of up to $1.75 billion in compensation for dairy farmers. Dairy Farmers of Canada indicated that the announcement is consistent with the recommendations of the working group.

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The Dairy Processors Association of Canada, the Conseil des Industriels Laitiers du Québec, the Ontario Dairy Council and the Western Dairy Council, in a media release, expressed disappointment with the lack of any commitments regarding compensation to the dairy processing sector prior to the dissolution of Parliament.

Considerations

Industry, through the above mentioned working groups, and through additional conversations, have worked extensively on determining impacts of CETA, CPTPP and CUSMA and have already provided their recommendations to the Government.

The level of imports under CPTPP is low and Tariff Rate Quota (TRQ) remains unfilled. This means that signatory countries have been importing below the new volume level established through CPTPP. This reduces the current impact on producers and processors. While it is expected that TRQ utilization will increase as parties like Chile move forward with ratification of CPTPP, there remains uncertainty regarding the extent to which all TRQ's under the agreement for supply managed commodities will become fully utilized.

On May 10, 2019, Global Affairs Canada launched a comprehensive review of Canada's TRQs. The TRQ review will include all of Canada's import TRQs for dairy, poultry and egg products established under the WTO, CETA, CPTPP and CUSMA. Phase 1 of the review concluded on August 31, 2019, and Phase 2 of the review is expected to commence in early 2020.

Next steps

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African swine fever - Tab 5

Issue - African swine fever

African Swine Fever (ASF) is a contagious and fatal disease for pigs that has now spread through Asia, Africa and parts of Europe. Should ASF enter Canada, it would have a significant impact on the Canadian hog sector. Joint government‒industry efforts are underway to both enhance prevention and prepare for an incursion of the disease in Canada.

Background - African swine fever

ASF is a highly contagious viral disease with no treatment or vaccine and a high mortality rate. ASF is not a food safety concern nor can it be transmitted to humans.

It can survive for prolonged periods of time in animal products and the environment. It is estimated that ASF has reduced pig production in China, the world's largest producer and consumer of pork, by as much as 50% in 2019.

To date, ASF has not been reported in North America, but the disease continues to spread in Africa, Asia (such as Vietnam, South Korea and the Philippines), as well as parts of Europe (such as Belgium, Poland, Bulgaria, Serbia and Slovakia). The outbreak has resulted in pork shortages and high prices in a number of impacted countries, the magnitude of the outbreak is such that it is expected to have a disruptive impact on global agricultural markets for several years.

As the disease spreads globally, the risks of introduction into North America increases. Although Canada has an advanced biosecurity system compared to some countries where outbreaks have occurred, there are nonetheless several potential paths of introduction of ASF into Canada (such as international travelers or postal shipments with undeclared pork products entering Canada, contaminated animal feed).

As part of the Government of Canada's prevention efforts, CFIA has implemented the following measures, in addition to existing controls:

  • import controls for select plant-based feed ingredients;
  • media campaigns to increase traveler awareness and emphasize the importance of declaring meat products at the Canadian border; and
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Canada has a robust hog sector, which exports 70% of its production valued at $4 billion representing live hogs and pork products. The sector creates 20,600 direct hog farm jobs and approximately 25,000 processing jobs. At any given time, there are approximately 14 million hogs in the production system. The cycle of production of a pig lasts 25 weeks.

Should ASF be detected in Canada, CFIA would begin epidemiological activities to determine the source and spread of disease. Infected premises would be locked down immediately and a zone or zones to contain the disease would be put around these premises. Once a zone(s) is in place, CFIA would control movement of animals, people, meat products, and equipment into, out of and within these zones (on infected premises, linked premises, and premises within a certain radius) to control the spread of the disease. Destruction, disposal, cleaning and disinfection would begin on infected premises and be carried out by industry and CFIA. Premises within the control zone(s) would be monitored with the goal of eventually confirming disease freedom outside the control zones.

Given the export focus of the sector, the status of access to export markets after a positive case will be critical for determining the economic health of the sector in the short and medium term. Under international guidelines and CFIA's requirements under the Health of Animals Regulations, a positive case of ASF in Canada would immediately stop Canadian hog and pork exports. This would result in a significant surplus of live hogs and pork products in the Canadian marketplace until international markets are re-opened.

Canada has been working on zoning agreements with other countries to reduce the period of market closures. Zoning is an internationally-recognized tool used to help manage diseases and facilitate international trade, areas outside of control zones are disease free zones where trade may resume more quickly. A zoning agreement has been secured with the United States. ███████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████ These ███ countries account for almost 60% of the value of Canadian pork exports. Canada has also secured a zoning agreement with the European Union, however, the EU only accounts for 0.2% of the value of Canadian pork exports.

However, even with a zoning agreement, it is expected that it could be a number of months until major markets re-open. As such, animal welfare concerns could quickly arise should a humane slaughter plan not be actioned to deal with the surplus of hogs. Market closure would hold financial implications for producers and processors (reduction in value of hogs, animal maintenance costs, slaughter costs, etc.).

Current status - African swine fever

AAFC and CFIA continue to engage with industry and provincial/territorial governments to prevent and prepare for a potential outbreak in Canada, including the development of a Pan-Canadian Action Plan for ASF to coordinate work being undertaken at the federal, provincial/territorial, and industry levels. As part of this work, CFIA has been leading the ASF Executive Management Board, a government-industry collaborative body put in place to increase information sharing and to provide direction on joint areas of work. CFIA and AAFC have also requested that provinces take on a leadership role in improving biosecurity on backyard farms, management of wild pigs, and planning for depopulation and disposal of surplus animals. Additionally, AAFC has been leading the Government-Industry Hog Supply Working Group, which is focused on gathering information from industry on the impacts on the hog sector supply chain of an ASF outbreak in Canada.

AAFC has asked industry to carry out its own planning for the management of the hog supply during an outbreak as this will be a critical part of the recovery efforts for the sector. For example, AAFC participated in a Canadian Pork Council board meeting in October 2019; where discussions focused on identifying effective strategies to manage excess hog supplies as a result of a prolonged border closure with considerations on how to stimulate hog production after borders reopen. Enhancing ASF crisis communication, in collaboration with CFIA and AAFC, was also discussed. The Canadian Pork Council is also leading the Biosecurity pillar of the Pan-Canadian Action Plan for ASF, with work focused on ways to improve biosecurity at the farm level including through information sharing directly with producers on what on-farm actions can be taken to improve biosecurity and prevent the introduction and spread of ASF in Canada.

In addition, the Canadian Meat Council is leading the business continuity pillar of the action plan, with work focused on recognition of compartmentalization to allow integrated supply chains to be recognized as disease free, similar to zoning, and allow for faster resumption of trade for products within a compartment.

Stakeholder views - African swine fever

Representatives from the whole supply chain (producers, processors and transporters) have been working closely with the federal government and provinces on planning and preparedness activities since the beginning of 2019.

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Considerations - African swine fever

Producers have access to an existing suite of federal-provincial-territorial BRM programs that would provide some support in the event of an outbreak of ASF. AgriStability provides enrolled producers with some protection against severe margin declines, such as those caused by decreasing market prices and increased feed costs for retained hog inventories and has high participation among hog producers. █████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████

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Next steps - African swine fever

Continue to implement prevention measures, such as border enforcement of regulations on the importation of pork products and feed ingredients.

Continue to work with provinces and industry on preparation, should ASF eventually make its way to Canada.

Options are being developed for additional preparedness and prevention measures for consideration.

Engagement

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Sector associations - Tab 7

Canadian Federation of Agriculture

A farmer-funded, national umbrella organization comprised of provincial general farm organizations and national and interprovincial commodity groups. CFA represents producers of some commodities, who operate farms of all sizes. This includes (through their membership) approximately 200,000 Canadian farm families from coast to coast.

National Farmers Union

The National Farmers Union of Canada is an organization set up by Canadian farmers to promote the betterment of farmers in the attainment of their economic and social goals.

Livestock

  • Top national associations (producers)
    • Canadian Pork Council
    • Canada Pork International
    • Canadian Cattlemen's Association
    • Dairy Farmers of Canada
    • SM4: Chicken Farmers of Canada, Turkey Farmers of Canada, Canadian Hatching Egg Producers, Egg Farmers of Canada
    • Canadian Sheep Federation/National Sheep Network
  • Top national associations (processors)
    • Canada Meat Council
    • Dairy Processors Association of Canada
    • Canadian Poultry and Egg Processors Council
    • Canada Beef Inc.

Horticulture and special crops

  • Top national associations
    • Canadian Horticulture Council
    • Canadian Special Crops Association
    • Canadian Produce Marketing Association
    • Canadian Ornamental Horticulture Alliance
    • Canadian Honey Council
    • Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance
    • Canadian Organic Trade Association—crosscuts all sectors

Food processing

  • Top national associations
    • Food Processors of Canada
    • Food and Beverage Canada
    • Food & Consumer Products of Canada
    • Canadian Beverage Association
    • Baking Association of Canada
    • Canadian Vintners Association
    • Canadian Sugar Institute
    • Pet Food Association of Canada
    • Retail Council of Canada

Grains and oilseeds

  • Top national associations
    • Canada Grains Council
    • Cereals Canada
    • Grain Growers of Canada
    • Canola Council of Canada
    • Pulse Canada
    • CropLife Canada
    • Soy Canada
    • Canadian Seed Trade Association
    • Canadian Seed Growers Association
    • Canadian Oilseed Processors Association
    • Canadian National Millers Association
    • Western Grain Elevator Association
    • Canadian International Grains Institute

Fish and seafood

  • Top national associations
    • Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance
    • Fisheries Council of Canada
    • Lobster Council of Canada

Investment/trade

  • Top national associations—investment
    • Consider Canada City Alliance
    • Invest in Canada Agency
    • Agricultural Manufacturers of Canada
  • Top national associations—trade (trade show-focussed)
    • Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance
    • Canadian Food Exporters Association
    • Agri-Food Export Group Québec-Canada

Overview of key industry stakeholders - Tab 8

National farm organizations

Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA)

CFA is the country's largest farm organization. Its members include the general farm organizations from each province as well as Dairy Farmers of Canada and the national poultry producer organizations. Members are composed of some commodity organizations and individual producers within the province. The Federation annually hosts a tri-partite roundtable the day before the Annual Conference of Federal-Provincial-Territorial Agriculture Ministers, during which Canadian Federation of Agriculture organizations, the federal Minister and Provincial and Territorial Ministers discuss critical sector issues.

President: Mary Robinson — Since 2019

National Farmers Union (NFU)

The NFU (with thousands of members) is made up of Canadian farm families who share common goals. Every member of the farm family — including children ages 14 to 21 — are full-voting members of the Union. Member families of the Union believe in promoting the family farm as the most appropriate and efficient means of agricultural production. In addition the Union also has Associate Members who are non-farmers concerned with food issues.

President: Katie Ward — Since 2018

I. Livestock (producers and processors)

Canadian Pork Council (CPC)

CPC represents hog producers in Canada; a federation of nine provincial pork industry associations (Newfoundland does not have a provincial association). Market access is among the industry top priorities given its significant export dependence and is calling on the Canadian government to maintain competitive access to markets and further develop trade with Asian regions. Other priorities include African Swine Fever (prevent, prepare, respond and recover), the establishment of a pork promotion and research agency, and ensuring effective Business Risk Management programs.

President: Rick Bergmann — Since 2015

Canada Pork International (CPI)

CPI is the export promotion agency of the Canadian pork industry. It unites Canadian pork exporters, provincial institutions and service organizations to promote Canadian pork in a variety of international markets.

President: Vacant

Canadian Cattlemen's Association (CCA)

CCA represents cow-calf producers in all provinces (except Newfoundland), and it is not a member of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture. The Association's areas of interest include market access, research, regulatory reform, Business Risk Management, sustainability, and traceability.

President: David Haywood-Farmer — Since 2018

National producer organizations operating under supply management

The national organizations representing producers that operate under supply management are the

  • Dairy Farmers of Canada
  • Chicken Farmers of Canada
  • Turkey Farmers of Canada
  • Egg Farmers of Canada
  • the Canadian Hatching Egg Producers

These five organizations, referred to as the SM5 (the SM4 only refers to the chicken, turkey, eggs and broiler hatching eggs sectors), have the responsibility to promote a strong, efficient and competitive production and marketing industry for their respective regulated products. They play leadership roles in areas such as innovation, animal welfare, traceability, environmental sustainability, food safety and quality, regulatory reform and domestic branding. Much of the interaction with the Government of Canada is on regulatory issues, trade issues, including bi-lateral and multi-lateral trade negotiations such as the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, and the newly concluded Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement, as well as concerns about effectiveness of border measures to support supply management.

Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC)
President: Pierre Lampron – Since 2017
Executive Director: Jacques Lefebvre – Since 2018

Chicken Farmers of Canada (CFC)
Chair: Benoît Fontaine – Since 2016
Executive Director: Michael Laliberté – Since 2017

Turkey Farmers of Canada (TFC)
Chair: Darren Ference – Since 2018
Executive Director: Phil Boyd – Since 1997

Canadian Hatching Egg Producers (CHEP)
Chair: Brian Bilkes – Since March 2019
Executive Director: Drew Black – Since 2018

Egg Farmers of Canada
Chair: Roger Pelissero – Since 2017
Executive Director: Tim Lambert – Since 2003

Canadian Sheep Federation (CSF)

CSF, established in 1990, is one of the two organizations that represent Canada's sheep producers. Three major provincial associations (Les Éleveurs Ovins du Québec, Ontario Sheep Farmers and Alberta Lamb Producers) withdrew from the Canadian Sheep Federation. These three provincial organizations formed the National Sheep Network in September 2016. Since then, both the CSF and the National Sheep Network represent the interests of the Canadian sheep industry. CFS' main priorities include access to veterinary drugs, traceability, lamb marketing with support of its Canadian Verified Sheep Program, health of the national flock including Scrapie eradication, food policy, sustainability and climate change.

Chair: Allan Ribbink — Since 2018

Canadian Meat Council (CMC)

CMC represents federally-inspected red meat packers and processors. CMC works closely with the Canadian Cattlemen's Association and Canadian Pork Council, but has its own interests from a processor's perspective. Market access, labour availability and regulatory reform are among its top priorities. Maple Leaf Foods, Olymel, JBS Canada Inc. and Cargill are among its largest members.

President and CEO: Chris White — Since 2017

Dairy Processors Association of Canada (DPAC)

DPAC is the national voice of the dairy processing sector, representing the public policy and regulatory interests of Canada's dairy processors. DPAC counts Canada's largest dairy processors among its members as well as smaller processors. DPAC plays a leadership role in areas such as competitiveness, public trust, innovation, sustainability and food safety and quality. Much of the interaction with the Government of Canada is on regulatory issues, trade issues, including bi-lateral and multi-lateral trade negotiations such as the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), and the newly concluded Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA).

Chief Executive Officer: Mathieu Frigon — Since June 2018

Canadian Poultry and Egg Processors Council (CPEPC)

CPEPC represents the interests of more than 170 Canadian poultry processing, egg grading and processing, and hatchery establishments. CPEPC also includes the Further Poultry Processors Association of Canada and the Canadian Hatchery Federation. CPEPC member companies process and market over 90% of Canada's chicken, turkey, eggs and hatching eggs. CPEPC plays a leadership role in areas such as competitiveness, public trust, innovation, sustainability, food safety, animal health and animal welfare. Much of the interaction with the Government of Canada is on regulatory issues, trade issues, including bi-lateral and multi-lateral trade negotiations such as the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, and the newly concluded Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement, as well as effectiveness of border measures.

President: Jean-Michel Laurin — Since July 2019

Canada Beef

Canada Beef is an independent national organization representing the research, marketing and promotion of the Canadian cattle and beef industry worldwide. Its efforts to maximize demand for Canadian beef and optimize the value of Canadian beef products is funded by cattle producers and the National Beef Check-Off, which in turn makes it possible to access beef industry market development funds provided by the Government of Canada and the Government of Alberta.

President: Michael Young — Since 2019

II. Grains and oilseeds

Canada Grains Council (CGC)

CGC seeks to coordinate and improve dialogue within industry and between industry and governments on cross-cutting issues of priority for the broader grains sector. Council members include most of the national commodity and grains trade organizations, as well as the largest grain traders and CropLife Canada. CGC establishes positions by member consensus. CGC recently shared its three-year vision, which prioritizes work around plant breeding innovations (i.e., precision biotechnology), low level presence and pesticide maximum residue limits.

President: Tyler Bjornson — Since 2014

Cereals Canada

Cereals Canada was established in late 2013 to undertake leadership on issues facing the wheat sector, activities previously addressed by the Canadian Wheat Board. It is a multi-stakeholder, multi-commodity organization (wheat, oats and barley). Its members include provincial commodity producer organizations, grain handling, processing and export firms; and crop development and seed companies.

President: Cam Dahl — Since 2014

Grain Growers of Canada (GGC)

GGC is a coalition of organizations representing grain, oilseed, and pulse producer associations from Western and Atlantic Canada. Priority topics for GGC include market access, rail transport, the transition to a post-single desk system for western grain marketing, and public investment in research.

Executive Director: Erin Gowriluk
President: Jeff Nielsen — since December 2016

Canola Council of Canada (CCC)

CCC is an association of canola growers, crushers and shippers, which is funded through provincial producer check-offs and a voluntary levy paid by exporters and crushers. CCC invests significant funds in research, extension, and international market access and promotion. Canola has replaced wheat as the highest value crop in Western Canada.

President: Jim Everson — Since 2017

Pulse Canada

Pulse Canada is a national association of provincial grower associations and shippers of pulses, including beans, peas, lentils and chickpeas. Its mandate is focused on market development, market access and research on the benefits of consumption for both human and animal nutrition. Pulse Canada has also taken an industry-wide leadership position on major issues including transportation and logistics, sustainability, market access issues and marketing of environmental attributes.

Chief Executive Officer: Gordon Bacon — Since 1997

CropLife Canada 

CropLife Canada is part of the CropLife International consortium, a global federation with members across 91 countries, whose focus is on agricultural innovations in crop protection and plant biotechnology. CropLife Canada's members are chemical and plant breeding companies. Key issues for CropLife include the modernization of regulations, such as variety registration, pesticides and biotechnology and low level presence policies. They are members or associate members of most grains and oilseeds associations.

President: Pierre Petelle — Since 2017

Soy Canada

Soy Canada is a national association representing the entire value chain including growers, crushers, processors, life science companies and shippers, from both segments of the sector (commodity and specialty types including non-genetically modified and fully traceable using identity preservation systems). Strategic areas of focus include government relations and market access; building the sector's profile; coordinating research and innovation; and supporting market development.

Executive Director: Ron Davidson — Since 2017

Canadian Seed Trade Association (CSTA)

CSTA represents 130 Canadian companies engaged in all aspects of seed research, production, marketing and trade, both domestically and abroad. Strategic areas of focus include: government relations, market access, breeding, seed-applied technologies, and supporting international market development. CSTA supported the 2014 amendments to the Plant Breeders' Rights Act to encourage increased investment in plant breeding in Canada and foster greater accessibility to foreign seed varieties for farmers. CSTA is also working on issues related to biotechnology, including breeding innovations.

Chief Executive Officer: Dave Carey — Since 2017
President: Georges Chaussé — Since 2019

Canadian Seed Growers Association (CSGA)

CSGA represents the interests of Canadian seed growers, by monitoring and certifying pedigreed seed for all agricultural crops in Canada except potatoes. Strategic areas of focus include increasing the awareness and use of certified seed in Canada; seed production research; supporting the transition from government to industry-led seed inspection; and domestic value chain development.

Executive Director: Glyn Chancey — Since 2015

Canadian Oilseed Processors Association (COPA)

COPA works in partnership with the Canola Council of Canada (CCC) to represent the interests of oilseed processors in Canada. COPA's members own and operate oilseed crushing, refining and packaging plants in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec. The members of COPA are ADM, Bunge Canada, Cargill Limited, Louis Dreyfus Commodities Yorkton Corp., Richardson Oilseed Limited and Viterra Inc. Current issues include: grain transportation; CFIA inspections; carbon pollution pricing, and various market access issues.

Executive Director: Chris Vervaet — Since 2015

Canadian National Millers Association (CNMA)

CNMA represents the Canadian cereal grain milling industry. Association member companies are processors of wheat and oats and producers of milled grain products. CNMA is active in the areas of food regulation; nutrition and health; food safety; transportation; international trade; occupational safety and health; and, environmental protection.

President: Gordon Harrison — Since 1992

Western Grain Elevator Association (WGEA)

WGEA consists of the large grain handling and trading companies in Canada, including Cargill, Louis Dreyfus Canada, Parrish & Heimbecker, Paterson Global Foods, Richardson International and Viterra. Combined, they collectively handle in excess of 90% of Western Canada's bulk grain exports. These companies account for approximately 20% of railway revenues and pay annual total rail freight of over $1 billion dollars. Activities are primarily focused on issues affecting competitiveness, including transportation and regulatory concerns related labour and safety, seed regulations, user fees and service standards for export certification.

Executive Director: Wade Sobkowich — Since 2005

Canadian International Grains Institute (Cigi)

Canadian International Grains Institute is a not-for profit institute providing pre-market and in-market technical support for the Canadian grain sector. Established in 1972, Cigi has more than 45 years of experience working with the grain industry value chain in Canada and internationally. Cigi's mission is to be the trusted independent source for milling, quality and end-use functionality expertise for millers and end users of Canadian grain to increase market opportunities and end-user success.

Interim Chief Executive Officer: Dean Dias

III. Horticulture and special crops

Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC)

CHC is a national organization of commodity and regional associations of edible horticulture (fruits and vegetables) producers. Issues of priority include the creation of a deemed trust to provide financial protection to produce sellers operating in Canada; policy and administrative changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Programs; changes to the re-evaluation process used by Health Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency; and changes to proposed carbon pricing policies.

President: Brian Gilroy — Since 2018

Canadian Special Crops Association

The CSCA is a non-profit alliance of over 100 processors, exporters and service providers working together to advance Canada's pulse and special crops industry. Members of the CSCA are engaged in the growing, export, merchandising or brokerage of pulses and special crops. They include AGT Food and Ingredients, Viterra, Bonduelle, Cargill and Richardson International.

President: Quinton Stewart — Since 2018

Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA)

CPMA represents Canadian and international (mainly US) members who are responsible for 90% of the fresh fruit and vegetable sales in Canada. Members include major growers/shippers/packers/marketers, importers/exporters, transporters, brokers, distributors/ wholesalers, retailers, foodservice distributors/operators and processors. CPMA focuses its efforts on activities including food safety, industry efficient technology, health and nutrition, and education and training.

President: Ron Lemaire — Since 2011

Canadian Ornamental Horticulture Alliance (COHA)

COHA is the national voice for the ornamental horticulture industry including nursery producers, potted plant and cut flower greenhouses, turf sod producers and other related producers and input/service providers. It is alliance of three broad-based organizations: the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association, the Fédération interdisciplinaire de l'horticulture ornementale du Québec and Flowers Canada. Issues include promotion of the industry and their products, and of the economic, environmental and social benefits delivered though living green infrastructure; phytosanitary and biosecurity issues; trade development and border issues; labour access; and industry professionalization and development.

President: Christian Brunet — Since 2017

Canadian Honey Council (CHC)

CHC is the national organization representing all beekeepers in Canada. It has governing board representation from all provinces, with weighted membership according to how many honey bee colonies are kept in each province. Beyond the key goal of promoting and protecting Canadian honey and growing their sales, CHC works on the livestock aspects of beekeeping, including bee health, pest and disease control and treatments, access to queen and ‘package' bee stock and improving genetics. CHC has been active in supporting cross-sectoral efforts to improve bee habitat, and ensure cooperative coexistence between beekeepers and other farmers.

Chair : Scott Plante — Since 2019

Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance (CHTA)

CHTA is a national organization that promotes Canadian hemp and hemp products globally. Established in 2003, CHTA represents those involved in Canada's hemp industry. Members include farmers, processors, manufacturers, researchers, entrepreneurs and marketers. The key functions are to disseminate information, promote the use of nutritional and industrial hemp and coordinate research.

Recently the board of directors has approved cannabis industry membership, in a non-voting capacity. CHTA has submitted an application for a Promotion and Research Agency (PRA), which is currently under review, the purpose of which is to generate a mandatory levy to fund research and promotion activities.

Executive Director: Ted Haney — since 2018

Canadian Organic Trade Association (COTA)

COTA members include growers, shippers, retailers, processors, certifiers, farmer associations, brokers, consultants, importers, exporters, restaurants, distributors and others involved in producing or selling organic products or providing services. Its mission is to promote and protect the growth of organic trade to benefit of the environment, farmers, the public and the economy. COTA's current priorities include: development of a national organic data strategy; expanding market access for organic products; expanding organic recognition and development through national promotional campaigns in Canada and abroad; and increasing investment in the Canadian organics sector.

Executive Director: Tia Loftsgard — Since 2016

IV. Fish and seafood

Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance (CAIA)

CAIA is the national industry association representing the interests of over 95% of Canada's aquaculture industry, including finfish, shellfish and aquatic plant farmers, feed companies and suppliers, as well as regional aquaculture associations. While CAIA has estimated that aquaculture production in Canada could more than double within ten years; the industry faces many barriers to growth. CAIA has advocated for the development of a new Aquaculture Act, government support for the growth and development of the aquaculture industry, including access to Business Risk Management Programs.

Executive Director: Timothy Kennedy — Since 2017

Fisheries Council of Canada

Fisheries Council of Canada represents companies engaged in the harvesting, processing, importing and marketing of fish and seafood. Fisheries Council of Canada represents member companies on all three coasts and inland freshwater fisheries. These member companies process the majority of Canada's fish and seafood production. Member companies also harvest a significant portion of the fisheries resources of Canada. Fisheries Council of Canada is seeking a federal department to take a leadership role to support the growth and competiveness of the fish and seafood processing industry.

President: Paul Lansbergen — Since 2017

Lobster Council of Canada (LCC)

LCC was established in 2009 to bring together all Canadian lobster industry stakeholders including harvesters, live shippers, processors, First Nations and governments to work on projects of mutual benefit. The mandate of LCC is to enhance the value of the Canadian lobster sector in a sustainable fashion by addressing the issues of importance to the industry.

Executive Director: Geoff Irvine — Since 2009

V. Food processing

Food Processors of Canada (FPC)

FPC represents mainly medium-sized Canadian companies. FPC advocates for a level playing field for the Canadian processing industry through enhancement of industry support in federal government programs and policies, a regulatory environment that supports businesses, improved access to competitively priced ingredients, and predictable market access. Priority issues also include: Health Canada's proposed front-of-package labelling regulations; as well as continued access to competitively-priced supply-managed ingredients for its members.

President and Chief Executive Officer: Denise Allen — Since 2017

Food and Beverage Canada

Food and Beverage Canada, which was formerly known as Canadian Council of Food Processors, is an association comprised of seven regional food and beverage manufacturing associations across the country plus 1,500 leading industry and stakeholder members. Food and Beverage Canada advocates on behalf of its members on issues affecting industry growth and competitiveness, including regulation, labour and skills, innovation, as well as export market development.

Chief Executive Officer: Kathleen Sullivan — Since 2018

Food and Consumer Products of Canada (FCPC)

FCPC represents major food and beverage multinational enterprises such as Campbell Soup, PepsiCo, and Nestlé, as well as various Canadian companies such as McCain Foods. Priorities for FCPC include Health Canada's Healthy Eating Strategy; proposed Front-of-Pack Labelling; and follow up actions to the Agri-Food Economic Strategy Table.

Chief Executive Officer: Michael Graydon — Since 2016

Canadian Beverage Association (CBA)

CBA represents a broad spectrum of brands and companies that manufacture and distribute the majority of non-alcoholic liquid refreshment beverages consumed in Canada. Issues include Health Canada's Healthy Eating Strategy front-of-package labelling; possible taxation of sugar-sweetened beverages; natural health regulations and health policy regarding functional beverages and caffeine; further regulations regarding caffeinated alcoholic beverages; and regulations regarding edible cannabis.

President: Jim Goetz — Since 2012

Baking Association of Canada (BAC)

BAC represents Canada's over $8 billion baking industry. Key issues for BAC includes regulatory modernization activities, including Health Canada's Healthy Eating Strategy; CFIA's Safe Food for Canadians Regulations; Health Canada's sodium reduction initiatives; proposed mandatory front-of-package labelling and proposed marketing to children's restrictions.

President and Chief Executive Officer: Paul Hetherington — Since 1997

Canadian Vintners Associations (CVA)

CVA is Canada's national association of vintners, an organization dedicated to the promotion and well-being of Canada's wine sector. Priority issues include interprovincial barriers to trade and the high level of excise tax, including its annual increase. Other issues for CVA include technical barriers to trade/non-tariff trade barriers; enhanced market access; export subsidies of competitors; the proliferation of falsely labelled icewines in some Asian countries; and Australia's recent objection to Canada's practice of excluding excise tax for 100% Canadian wines.

President and Chief Executive Officer: Dan Paszkowski — Since 2006

Canadian Sugar Institute (CSI)

CSI is the national association representing Canadian manufacturers of refined cane and beet sugar, including Lantic Sugar/Rogers Sugar and Redpath Sugar. CSI provides a science-based Nutrition Information Service for health professionals, educators, the media and consumers; and seeks fair treatment on international trade policies and disputes with sugar manufacturing.

Priority issues include defending the domestic market from dumping of subsidized sugar (from the United States and European Union, for example); Health Canada's Healthy Eating Strategy's; proposed front-of-packaging labeling and sugar warning labels.

President: Sandra Marsden — Since prior to 2005

Pet Food Association of Canada (PFAC)

PFAC is comprised of over 20 pet food manufacturers and companies that supply materials or services to the pet food manufacturing industry.

Executive Director: Marty Wilder — Since 1997

Retail Council of Canada (RCC) (Grocery Division)

RCC represents retailing interests of major grocers in Canada. Members represent about 70% of the grocery business in Canada, (Sobey's, Loblaws, Wal-Mart and Metro). Current interactions with the Department are limited.

Vice President, Grocery Division and Regulatory Affairs: Jason McLinton — Since 2017

VI. Investment/trade

Consider Canada City Alliance (CCA)

Consider Canada City Alliance (CCCA) unites 13 of Canada's largest municipal regions to build a sustainable and globally competitive national economy through the attraction and retention of international businesses. The CCCA helps international companies determine the best strategies for business expansion and continually improve Canada's ability to attract new investment and trade opportunities. The 13 members of Consider Canada City Alliance (CCCA) include the city regions of Halifax, Quebec City, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Waterloo, Hamilton, London, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. These economic zones of the members of the CCCA represent 59.6% of Canada's population and produce 65.1% of its GDP.

Interim Chair: Hubert Buldoc — Since 2018

Invest in Canada Agency

Invest in Canada is an arms-length Government of Canada organization that promotes and attracts foreign direct investment into Canada. It was created through the Investment Canada Act and launched on March 12, 2018 as a departmental corporation. Invest in Canada offers tailored services to help global companies enter the Canadian market, providing investment support, introductions to key industry stakeholders, and help prospective businesses navigate the regulatory environment in Canada.

CEO: Ian McKay — Since 2018

Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance (CAFTA)

CAFTA is an association of fourteen export-oriented associations, advocating for enhanced/secure access to key markets through bi-lateral and multi-lateral trade agreements. Its members include the Canadian Cattlemen's Association, Canadian Pork Council, Canadian Meat Council, Canola Council and Grain Growers.

Executive Director: Claire Citeau — Since 2014

Canadian Food Exporters Association

CFEA is a non-profit industry association, focused on the enhancement of export efforts in the Canadian food and beverage industry. Its members include a number of Canadian food and beverage companies, such as AGT Food and Ingredients, Clearwater, Fruit d'Or, Saputo Dairy Products and Weston Foods. CFEA also works to increase exports from small to medium-sized food, beverage and ingredient processors and manufacturers.

President and CEO: Susan Powell — Since 1996

Groupe Export Alimentaire Quebec

Groupe Export Alimentaire Quebec is the largest association of agri-food exporters in Canada. Its membership includes more than 400 producers and service providers. The Groupe connects exporters to markets outside of Quebec and abroad, and serves as a bridge between the industry and governments. Through its activities on behalf of members, the Groupe helps raise the visibility of Quebec products around the world.

CEO: Martin Lavoie — Since 2019

Agricultural Manufacturers of Canada (AMC)

AMC represents approximately 200 companies of farm machinery, in areas such as combines, soil aeration, seeding equipment and fertilizer applicators. The sector sees itself as a provider of high quality equipment, and would like to see an increase in exports as innovation directly affects the technological capacities of farm machinery.

Executive Director: Steve McCabe — Since 2018

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