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2017–18 Departmental Performance Report – Horizontal Initiatives

General Information
Name of horizontal initiative Growing Forward 2 - Minor Use Pesticides Program, Stream C: Facilitating and Supporting a Modern Regulatory Environment and Agricompetitiveness Program
Lead department Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Federal partner department Health Canada
Non-federal and non-governmental partners Not applicable
Start date of the horizontal initiative April 1, 2013
End date of the horizontal initiative March 31, 2018
Description of the horizontal initiative

The Minor Use Pesticides Program at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and Health Canada was developed in accordance with the Growing Forward 2 agricultural policy framework. The program addresses the needs of Canadian growers for new minor uses of pesticides and will continue to mitigate regulatory challenges that impact the agriculture and agri-food sector's capacity to innovate, be environmentally sustainable and remain competitive in the market place.

This program targets specific regulatory issues that were identified by stakeholders. The Program addresses the development of regulatory frameworks based on sound science, as well as transparency, timeliness, responsiveness, public interest, and government collaboration to minimize regulatory burden for stakeholders.

This program aims to increase competitiveness of Canadian growers by improving access to new minor uses of pesticides and by harmonizing those uses with the United States through joint projects with the United States Inter-Regional Project 4 and the United States' Environmental Protection Agency.

Governance structures

The Memorandum of Understanding between Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and Health Canada sets out the roles and responsibilities for the management of this initiative. The Science and Technology Assistant Deputy Ministers of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the Executive Director of the Pest Management Regulatory Agency, Health Canada oversee the governance process that includes the following levels of management:

  • A Joint Management Committee composed of Directors General or equivalent level representatives, has been established to manage the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding and report annually to the Science and Technology Assistant Deputy Ministers of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the Executive Director (Pest Management Regulatory Agency); and
  • An Interdepartmental Working Group has been established to provide support to the Joint Management Committee.
Total federal funding allocated (start to end date) (dollars) $67,215,720
Total federal planned spending to date (dollars) $67,489,115
Total federal actual spending to date (dollars) $62,268,850
Date of last renewal of the horizontal initiative Not applicable
Total federal funding allocated at the last renewal, and source of funding (dollars) Not applicable
Additional federal funding received after the last renewal (dollars) Not applicable
Funding contributed by non-federal and non-governmental partners (dollars) Not applicable
Fiscal year of planned completion of next evaluation 2022–23 Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Shared outcome of federal partner departments

Addressing key regulatory obstacles to a competitive and innovative sector, while protecting and advancing the public interest.

This will be achieved by enabling stakeholders to implement strategies and use tools to manage changes associated with regulatory modernization and crop protection through increased availability of new minor uses of pesticides.

Performance indicator(s)
  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada - Number of submissions of packaged, research project information and data in support of regulated, minor use pesticides
  • Health Canada - Number of regulatory submissions evaluated
Target(s)
  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada - 40
  • Health Canada – 75 regulatory submissions evaluated
Data source and frequency of monitoring and reporting
  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada – Pest Management Centre database. Frequency of reporting is annually.
  • Health Canada – Pest Management Regulatory Agency database. Frequency of reporting is annually.
Results
  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada - 46
  • Health Canada – 51
Expected outcome of non-federal and non-governmental partners Not applicable
Name of theme Not applicable
Performance highlights

Through Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's partnership with Health Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency and work with growers, grower groups, provincial officials, pesticide companies, and counterparts in the United States, Canada's priority pest problems were identified along with potential pesticide control solutions. The Pest Management Centre's Minor Use Pesticides Program generated the required data to support the 46 submission packages for regulatory decision. With support from the provinces, this joint Program resulted in more than 400 new minor uses of pesticides being made available to Canadian growers during the reporting period. These new minor uses of pesticides will contribute to reducing yield losses due to pests. In addition joint work with United States Interregional Research Project Number 4 partners will help prevent trade barriers with countries where target pesticides are already registered; and improve grower competitive parity with their United States counterparts.

The Department continues to work with our global partners in the establishment of Minor Use programs for the development and review of residue data for the establishment of maximum-residue limits. During the March 2018 Biopesticide and Minor Use Pesticide Priority Setting Workshop, representatives from the United States, Australia, and Japan participated in the workshop. In addition, the Pest Management Centre successfully delivered the Third Global Minor Use Summit, which was hosted for the first time in Canada in October 2017. This Summit is an important venue where strategies to advance global collaboration and harmonization in the areas of minor uses of pesticides and maximum residue limits are discussed.

Contact information Dr. Marcos Alvarez, Executive Director
Pest Management Centre
Central Experimental Farm, 960 Carling Ave., Building 57
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0C6
marcos.alvarez@agr.gc.ca
Telephone 613-759-7135
Performance information
Federal departments Program Alignment Architecture Horizontal initiative activities Total federal allocation (from start to end date) (dollars) 2017–18 Planned spending (dollars) 2017–18 Actual spending (dollars) 2017–18 Expected results 2017–18 Performance indicators 2017–18 Targets Date to achieve target 2017–18 Actual results
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Market Access, Negotiations, Sector Competitiveness, and Assurance Systems Pest Management: Pesticide Minor Use Program 48,887,000 9,518,893 8,843,254 Regulatory submissions sent to Pest Management Regulatory Agency, Health Canada for new minor uses of pesticides Number of submissions of packaged, research project information and data in support of regulated, minor use pesticides 40 March 31, 2018 46
Health Canada Pesticides Minor Use Pesticide Program 18,328,720 3,665,744 3,605,812 Health Canada (Pest Management Regulatory Agency) review of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and provincial regulatory submissions of new minor uses of pesticides Number of regulatory submissions evaluated 75 regulatory submissions evaluated March 31, 2018 51
Total for all federal departments Not applicable Not applicable 67,215,720 13,184,637 12,449,066 Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable

Note:

Planned spending figures are consistent with the 2017–18 Departmental Report. They represent the amounts included in Main Estimates and do not include any additional amounts that may have been allocated to this initiative during 2017–18, due to the timing of the 2017–18 Departmental Report. Total federal funding allocation reflects all currently approved Treasury Board Submissions and reallocations. Total allocation, planned spending and actual spending amounts for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada exclude any indirect costs and exclude Public Services and Procurement Canada accommodation charges. Total allocation, planned spending and actual spending amounts for Health Canada include indirect costs and exclude Public Services and Procurement Canada accommodation charges.

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