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Evaluation of the Canadian Agricultural Loans Act Program - Summary

About the Evaluation

The Canadian Agricultural Loans Act Program

What We Found

Relevance

Design and Delivery

Performance

Figure 1: Total and Average Dollar Value for CALA Loans for Beginning and Existing Farmers

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Year Total dollar value for existing farmers Average loan value for existing farmers Total dollar value for beginning famers Average loan value for beginning farmers
2009-2010 $86,700,000 $49,571 $10,300,000 $73,571
2010-2011 $114,300,000 $53,411 $23,000,000 $95,041
2011-2012 $112,000,000 $53,872 $19,600,000 $84,483
2012-2013 $82,900,000 $52,568 $24,000,000 $97,959
2013-2014 $89,300,000 $58,404 $23,800,000 $109,677
2014-2015 $74,500,000 $56,827 $26,300,000 $101,938
2015-2016 $66,100,000 $57,881 $26,500,000 $98,148
2016-2017 $65,300,000 $61,372 $29,000,000 $115,079
2017-2018 $58,000,000 $65,537 $33,000,000 $126,923

Source: CALA Program Administrative Data

Recommendations

Recommendation 1: The Assistant Deputy Minister, Programs Branch, should explore and revise, as appropriate, the CALA Program parameters to ensure that the availability of private sector loans support farm productivity, competitiveness and sustainability.

Recommendation 2: The Assistant Deputy Minister, Programs Branch, should revise the CALA Program’s logic model and performance measurements to better reflect the delivery model.

Management Response: Management has agreed to explore options to adjust Program parameters to increase the availability of CALA loans, and update the logic model to better reflect the delivery model by March 31, 2020. These actions will be conducted in conjunction with the 2019 legislative review.

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