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2018-2019 Departmental Results Report - Response to parliamentary committees and external audits

Response to Parliamentary Committees

There were four 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 May 30, 2018, the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food presented its eleventh report, Toward a resilient Canadian agriculture and agri-food system: Adapting to climate change. The Report highlighted how the Government could support Canadian farmers to be world leaders in sustainable agriculture, and help the agriculture and agri-food sector build resilience to climate change. The Committee requested a Government Response to its 19 recommendations. The Government Response was tabled on September 27, 2018, highlighting the work being undertaken to address the Committee’s recommendations.

On January 28, 2019, the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food presented its fifteenth report, Advancements of Technology and Research in the Agriculture Industry that can support Canadian Exports. The Report focused on the main international trade issues facing the Canadian agriculture and agri-food sector and reviewed new technologies that could improve the sector's competitiveness. The Committee requested a Government Response to its 23 recommendations. The Government Response was tabled on July 17, 2019, and demonstrates the collaborative effort among implicated federal departments, commissions, and agencies including: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada; Health Canada; the Canadian Food Inspection Agency; Environment and Climate Change Canada; Global Affairs Canada; Finance Canada; Employment and Social Development Canada; Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada; the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission; Canada Revenue Agency; the Pest Management Regulatory Agency; Transport Canada; the Canadian Dairy Commission; Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada; and Infrastructure Canada.

The Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry

On March 9, 2018, the Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry presented its tenth report, A Growing Concern: How to Keep Farmland in the Hands of Canadian Farmers. The Report presented five recommendations aimed at helping farmers acquire the land they need to make a living, including tax reform proposals and land-use planning changes. The Committee requested a Government Response to its five recommendations. The Government Response was tabled on July 18, 2018, outlining the actions taken by the Government to support farmers.

On December 11, 2018, the Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry presented its fourteenth report, Feast or Famine: Impacts of climate change and carbon pricing on agriculture, agri-food and forestry. The Report outlined the effects of climate change on Canada’s agriculture, agri-food and forestry sectors, and examined the potential effect of pollution pricing on producers and consumers. The Committee requested a Government Response to its 16 recommendations. The Government Response was tabled on July 17, 2019, outlining the actions taken by the Government to support climate-resilient agriculture, agri-food and forest sectors.

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)

Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development – Conserving Biodiversity

On April 24, 2018 the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development presented to Parliament its report on Conserving Biodiversity. The report focused on Environment and Climate Change Canada’s national leadership and coordination and whether responsible federal departments and agencies were working to meet selected targets, to conserve Canada’s biodiversity for present and future generations. The report issued four recommendations, of which two involved Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, to identify the improvements and adjustments needed to achieve the 2020 biodiversity Target 7 (biodiversity and wildlife habitat on agricultural land) for which they are responsible. The Department responded, and implemented the recommendations.

Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development – Departmental Progress in Implementing Sustainable Development Strategies

On October 2, 2018 the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development presented to Parliament its report on Departmental Progress in  Implementing Sustainable Development Strategies. The report focused on whether departments and agencies, including Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, have

The report noted significant improvements over past audits and did not issue any recommendations. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada was noted as being compliant.

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 2018-19 requiring a response.

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