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2017–18 Departmental Performance Report – Up-front multi-year funding

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Name of recipient The Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute
Start date December 14, 2006
End date March 31, 2022
Strategic Outcome A competitive and market-oriented agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products sector that proactively manages risk
Link to the department's Program Alignment Architecture Program 1.1 Business Risk Management
Description The conditional grant for the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute encourages independent policy research benefitting the Canadian agricultural sector. The grant will help ensure continued success in building an inclusive and forward looking dialogue on the future of Canadian agriculture, and provide a stable and sustained forum to discuss issues of importance to the industry.
Comments on variances The Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute agreement was signed on March 31, 2007 and the full amount of $15 million was paid to the recipient in the 2006-07 fiscal year in the form of an endowment to be drawn down at the rate of $1 million per year for 15 years ending March 31, 2022.
Significant audit findings by the recipient during the reporting year, and future plan Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute's financial activities in 2017-18 are set out in the "Financial Statements of Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute March 31, 2018". This report confirms that in the fiscal year April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018, "the results of its operations and its cash flows for the year then ended in accordance with Canadian accounting standards for not-for-profit organizations".
Significant evaluation findings by the recipient during the reporting year, and future plan Not applicable. Next evaluation is to take place in 2020.
Summary of results achieved by the recipient

Building on its ongoing work, the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute identified in the 2017-18 fiscal year, four key areas of activities of importance to Canadian agri-food sector:

  • (1) enhancing natural capital;
  • (2) optimizing growth;
  • (3) facilitating trade; and
  • (4) securing public trust.

For the 2017-18 fiscal year, the activities of each of the four key areas are as follows:

  • "Enhancing Natural Capital" projects undertaken in 2017-18:

    Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute had the opportunity to collaborate and work with the Clean Economy Fund on agriculture's unique contributions to combatting climate change.  A presentation was made at the Clean Economy Fund Board meeting and a white paper with the formal results of further research on this topic will be published by Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute in 2018-2019.

  • "Optimizing Growth" projects undertaken in 2017-18:

    Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute partnered with the Public Policy Forum and jointly held cross-Canada roundtable discussions on the export targets as recommended by the Barton Report (released by the Federal Government’s Advisory Council on Economic Growth). We published the findings in "Canada as an Agri-Food Power House" in April 2017.  Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute followed up on this issue by further questioning the implications of export-led growth on Canada's natural capital, and its consistency with other policy objectives such as food policy and sustainable production. Initial analysis was presented at the Farm Management Conference National Symposium in Ottawa in November 2017, which was followed by two regional dialogues in Saskatoon on December 2017 in partnership with Ag-West Bio, and in Guelph in March 2018 in partnership with the Arrell Food Institute. Presentations on this issue were made at various meetings, such as the Genome Canada Annual General Meeting, the Federal/Provincial/Territorial Ministers of Agriculture Conference in July 2017, and the Maple Leaf Food Security Symposium in March 2018.

  • "Facilitating Trade" projects undertaken in 2017–18:

    Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute completed its Global Subsidies project and then presented its key findings to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada on April 24, 2017 and to the Canadian Federation of Agriculture on May 25, 2017. The executive summary of the report was published in the summer of 2017. As well, Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute, in cooperation with the Canada Institute of the Wilson Center in Washington, District of Columbia published a short paper on the North American Free Trade Agreement and regulatory alignment issues titled Risk and Reward: Food Safety and the North American Free Trade Agreement 2.0, written by Rory McAlpine and Mike Robach in September 2017. The publication was followed up with a workshop in Washington District of Columbia, in partnership with the Canada Institute of the Wilson Center, on ‘Canada United States Trade Relations Regulatory Alignment' on October 23, 2017. Finally, Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute's CEO participated in Soy Canada's trade mission to Taiwan and Japan and presented a policy and regulatory overview of the Canadian agri-food sector and Canada's trade with these countries in February-March 2018.

  • "Securing Public Trust" projects undertaken in 2017–18:

    Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute remained engaged in the activities of the ad hoc group on Food Policy. The group includes Food Secure Canada, Canadian Federation of Agriculture, Maple Leaf, academics and concerned individuals, as well as representation from various stakeholders. Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute used this opportunity to share evidence and ideas it has collected to enable further discussion of future policy questions.

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