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Tenth meeting of the Food Processing Industry Roundtable: Record of decision

October 3 to 4, 2018 – Ottawa, Ontario

Opening remarks

Recap since the last Food Processing Industry Roundtable meeting

Agri-Food Economic Strategy Table

Food Safety

Regulatory review of the Agri-Food and Aquaculture Sectors and Healthy Eating Strategy

Labour

Exporter Intentions Study

Innovation

Price of carbon impact on industry

USMCA update

Meeting wrap up and adjournment

Annex A – Action Items

Item Description
Agri-Food Economic Strategy Table (Agri-Food EST)
  • The Industry Co-chair will send a revised letter that incorporates feedback received from Roundtable participants, to Ministers Bains and MacAulay regarding support for the Agri-Food EST’s recommendations, including a proposal to have the FPIRT develop a path forward for implementing the recommendations.
  • AAFC to develop a 1-page concept piece on regulatory review synergies with Agri-Food EST recommendations.
Regulations
  • AAFC will circulate the list of regulatory issues and irritants identified with respect to the agri-food sector for the regulatory review.
  • The Industry Co-chair to prepare a letter to Health Canada, on behalf of the Roundtable, requesting 1) evidence that demonstrates the effectiveness on the front-of-package labelling in changing consumer behaviour, as well as evidence with respect to the effectiveness of the warning label scheme in helping consumers to select healthier food options and 2) whether a policy decision has been finalized.
  • Hold a follow-up FPIRT call on regulations (with guest senior officials from relevant federal departments) by end of November.
  • FPIRT’s Executive Steering Committee to explore the possibility of striking a Regulatory Working Group similar to the Grains Roundtable.
Labour
  • Monitor developments, and advise as appropriate.
  • Circulate additional information on the Provincial Nominee Program and the Atlantic Immigration Pilot.
  • The Industry Co-chair, with the assistance of Roundtable member input, to draft a letter to Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) regarding seasonal worker program and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) regarding approaches for pathway to permanency for foreign workers.
Innovation
  • AAFC to follow-up with Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISEDC) to obtain an assessment as to why agri-food enterprises were not successful in securing funding through the Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF), including the number of projects that were approved (of the 30 submissions).
Carbon Pricing
  • Environment and Climate Change Canada will provide the Roundtable with meeting material that will describe the pan-Canadian approach to pricing carbon, including the federal system as well as contact information.
  • Hold a follow-up FPIRT call on carbon pricing with ECCC by the end of November.

Annex B – Participants

Co-chairs

Industry

Associations

Provincial government

Federal government

Guests / Speakers

Federal Support

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