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2018-2019 Departmental Results Report - Up-front multi-year funding

General information

Name of recipient The Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute
Start date December 14, 2006
End date March 31, 2022
Link to the Program Inventory Not applicable
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.
Audit findings by the recipient during the reporting year, and future plan Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute's financial activities in 2018–19 are set out in the "Financial Statements of Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute March 31, 2019". This report confirms that in the fiscal year April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019, "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."
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

In 2018–19 fiscal year, Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute continued to build on four key areas of importance to the Canadian agri-food sector:

  • (1) Enhancing natural capital
    • Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute partnered with the Clean Economy Fund on agriculture's unique contributions to combatting climate change. The Clean Economy Fund Board received several presentations in February 2018, and the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute prepared and published a white paper entitled: "Clean Growth in Agriculture" on its website.
    • Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute organized two dialogues on "Optimizing Land Use for Sustainable Growth" in 2019. By means of such dialogues, seven papers were commissioned, and most were published on the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute website.
    • Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute commissioned a research project to estimate the positive and negative externalities associated with Canadian agriculture. A first draft was delivered in October 2018 and the final report will be published on the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute website by end of 2019.
    • Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute brought together a multi-disciplinary team of four graduate students to begin a research project to explore intersectional problems of water management and use in agriculture. Each student will complete an individual project and the entire team will complete a joint research report on agriculture and water in fiscal year  2019–20.
  • (2) Optimizing growth
    • Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute finalized its work on "Barton Forward," with a "national conversation," held in May 2018. Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute published a summary called "What We Heard: Barton Forward: Optimizing Growth in the Canadian Agri-food Sector" in June 2018. Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute also presented recommendations based on this work to the Chair of the Agri-Food Economic Strategy Table.
    • Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute brought its expertise from the Barton stakeholders consultations to a project proposal by the Government of the Northwest Territories. The Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute developed a scoping paper in which it focused on whole food system approach with a policy and regulatory framework and emphasized the regional and sectoral analysis to accentuate the agricultural potential of the Northwest Territories. The results of this paper were presented to Government of the Northwest Territories officials in March 2019.
  • (3) Facilitating trade
    • Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute brought together a group of agri-food industry leaders for a conversation with international marketing expert Andrew Wu in October 2018 to learn more about the Chinese market and how Canadian agri-food exporters could expand trade. The learnings from this event were published on Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute's website.
    • Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute undertook a joint analysis with the United States Farm Foundation on Canada-United States trade in agricultural products. As part of this effort, the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute Chief Executive Officer gave a presentation on: "The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership and Canadian Agriculture" at the Foundation's Forum on Canada–United States Trade in March 2018. Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute also commissioned the research paper, "The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership and Benefits to Canadian Agriculture." Future work is expected on "Trade and Sustainability" in fall 2019.
  •  (4) Securing public trust
    • Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute remained engaged in the activities of the ad hoc National Working Group on Food Policy, by sharing evidence and ideas to enable further discussion of future food policy issues and the potential for a National Food Policy Council.
    • Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute's summer intern studied the regulatory framework for approving in vitro meat, an emerging new food technology. The resulting research paper was published in October 2018.
Financial information (dollars)
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2018–19
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authorities available for use
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0 0 0 0 0 0
Explanation of 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.
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