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2017-18 Departmental Results Report - Response to parliamentary committees and external audits

Response to Parliamentary Committees

There were six reports tabled in Parliament requesting a Government Response from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, as described below.

The Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food

On December 11, 2017, the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food presented its tenth Report entitled A Food Policy for Canada. The Report focused on four broad themes: 1) increasing access to affordable food; 2) improving health and food safety; 3) conserving our soil, water, and air; and 4) growing more high-quality food. In addition to these themes, the Committee noted that the food policy should also take into account the following issues: the next generation of farmers, access to farmland, and farm labour. The Committee requested a Government Response to its 21 recommendations. The Government Response was tabled on March 29, 2018, and it demonstrated the work of 21 implicated federal departments and agencies to address the Committee’s recommendations.

On November 6, 2017, the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food presented its eighth Report, Non-Tariff Trade Barriers to the Sale of Agricultural Products in Relation to Free Trade Agreements. The Report focused on the variety and growing number of non-tariff barriers restricting the free movement of goods. The Committee requested a Government Response to its 12 recommendations. The Government Response was tabled on February 15, 2018, and it reflected the collaborative effort among implicated federal departments and agencies including: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Global Affairs Canada, Health Canada, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, and the Pest Management Regulatory Agency, to support the competitiveness of Canada’s agriculture and agri-food sector.

On June 19, 2017, the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food presented its seventh Report, Debt in the Agriculture Sector and its Effects. The Report focused on the Committee’s growing concerns regarding farm debt levels. The Committee requested a Government Response to its two recommendations. The Government Response was tabled on October 17, 2017, and it outlined the actions taken by the Government of Canada to support young farmers, who are critical to the renewal and future of Canada’s agriculture sector.

On March 8, 2017, the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food presented its fifth Report, Next Agricultural Policy Framework. The Committee embarked on this study to consult the agriculture and agri-food sector on the next policy framework. The Committee requested a Government Response to its 18 recommendations for the development of the next framework. The Government Response was tabled on June 16, 2017, and it noted that the Committee’s recommendations aligned very closely with the policy directions in the new Canadian Agricultural Partnership, which was endorsed by federal, provincial and territorial Ministers of Agriculture in July 2017.

On December 12, 2016, the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food presented its fourth Report, Genetically Modified Animals for Human Consumption. At the request of the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, the Committee examined the legal and regulatory framework around genetically modified animals and their increasing availability for human consumption. The Committee requested a Government Response to its four recommendations. The Government Response was tabled on April 11, 2017. It described how the Government of Canada is working with experts and stakeholders to adequately address the full range of issues, challenges, and potential opportunities surrounding genetically modified products approved for human consumption.

The Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry

On June 19, 2017, the Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry presented its seventh Report, Market Access: Giving Canadian Farmers and Processors the World. The Report outlined ways to ensure Canadian products reach shelves around the world. The Committee requested a Government Response to its 18 recommendations. The Government Response was tabled on October 6, 2017, and it included actions taken by the Government to support the Committee's recommendations.

Response to audits conducted by the Office of the Auditor General of Canada (including audits conducted by the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development)

Office of the Auditor General – Performance Audit of the Management of Federal Scientific Facilities

On June 5, 2017, the Office of the Auditor General Performance Audit of the Management of Federal Scientific Facilities, concluded in a Management Letter (not published), that scoped-in federal science-based departments, including Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, should ensure they assess certain aspects of their scientific facilities on a regular and systematic basis. The Department responded to the Office of the Auditor General and took actions to address the findings. The Office of the Auditor General did not submit a report on this audit to Parliament.

Commissioner of the Environmental and Sustainable Development – Adapting to the Impacts of Climate Change

On October 3, 2017, the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development presented to Parliament its report on Adapting to the Impacts of Climate Change. The report focused on the extent to which 19 key departments and agencies, including Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, had made progress in adapting to climate change. The report issued five recommendations, of which only one involved Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, to take additional measures to assess climate change risks. The Departmental response demonstrates the work being undertaken to address this recommendation.

Response to audits conducted by the Public Service Commission of Canada or the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages

There were no audits in 2017-18 requiring a response.

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