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Thirty-first meeting of the Pork Value Chain Roundtable: Record of decision

October 18 to 19, 2017 – Toronto, Ontario

Key Decision Points

  • The Pork Value Chain Roundtable (PVCRT) to connect with the Agri-Food Table of the Economic Strategy Tables to explore engagement opportunities with the roundtable. Pork roundtable to coordinate with beef roundtable to establish key red meat priority areas for presentation/consideration by the Agri-Food Table.
  • PVCRT industry members to write the Government of Canada to stress the importance of Trans-Pacific Partnership 11 (TPP-11) given the importance of the Asia Pacific Region the pork industry.
  • The Sustainability Working Group of the PVCRT to develop a proposal, which will outline the desired approach and level of engagement needed on sustainability for the pork industry.
  • PVCRT industry members to initiate steps, in collaboration with beef and pork sector organizations and roundtables, to draft a letter to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) expressing support for the forward regulatory plan being undertaken by the agency while putting forward a proposal to solidify greater collaboration and cooperation.
  • Industry members recommended that John Ross from the Canadian Pork Council (CPC) be appointed as the new industry co-chair of the PVCRT replacing Ben Woolley.

Full listings of decisions are in Annex A.

Introduction

  • Co-Chairs welcomed 33 participants across the pork value chain.
  • The agenda and last meeting action items were reviewed.
  • The government co-chair updated PVCRT members on the development of Canada's Food Policy. A What We Heard report is expected to be available November of 2017.

Economic Strategy Tables

  • Industry is supportive of the approach undertaken through the strategy tables.
  • PVCRT emphasized the need to explore engagement opportunities between the beef and pork roundtables and the Agri-Food Table in order to communicate key red meat industry priority areas.  It was noted that many ongoing initiatives (that is, implementation of Safe Foods for Canadian's Act, Food Policy, Healthy Eating Initiative, North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)) will need to be taken into consideration by the Agri-Food Economic Strategy Table.

Trade issues

  • Trade updates on NAFTA, China, Canada–European Union: Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) and TPP-11 were provided by AAFC.
  • PVCRT members identified the need for greater industry-led engagement/advocacy work to promote the benefits of NAFTA.
  • The PVCRT is seeking greater clarity on the potential consequences of NAFTA being eliminated (for example, border access, TRQs). Industry also expressed concerns on the impact on current cross-border initiatives (that is, food safety regulation harmonization). 
  • PVCRT strongly expressed the importance of obtaining quick ratification of the TPP-11 given the importance of the Asia Pacific region to the pork industry.

Public Trust update

  • Myrna Grahn, the new manager of the Public Trust Steering Committee (PTSC) provided an update on the work conducted by the PTSC, including the development of a strategic plan and funding model.
  • No objections from the PVCRT on the PTSC's work and direction for the next year. The need for a landscape map (including roles and responsibilities) in the public trust space was suggested. This would help align the numerous initiatives being undertaken by the various organizations (for example, Canadian Centre for Food Integrity). Industry supports a model that creates greater coordination, consolidation and elevates current initiatives.

Sustainability vision for the pork industry

  • PVCRT discussed the level of interest and potential options to undertake efforts to develop a national sustainability strategy for the pork industry. The need for an entire value chain approach to develop a national strategy was supported by roundtable members. Further work to define the vision, scope and extent is needed.
  • Further work to define a potential structure and approach to guide the PVCRT in coordinating the national sustainability plan is needed. To advance on the discussion, a full day session of the Pork VCRT Sustainability Working Group was planned for November 21, 2017.

Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)

  • Health Canada (HC) provided an update on the regulatory and policy changes to veterinary antimicrobials.
  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) provided an update on the development of the Pan-Canadian Framework and Action Plan on AMR. The need to continue engagement by government and industry on AMR was supported by the PVCRT.

Engaging with federal regulators

  • The PVCRT discussed strengthening engagement and dialogue with regulators (that is, CFIA and HC). The PVCRT, in collaboration with the beef sector, will work on a red meat approach to engage both CFIA and HC on common and forward looking priorities in order to enhance collaboration and cooperation between the parties.

Animal Health

  • Information on the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea situation in Manitoba was shared with the PVCRT members followed by a discussion on animal health. Industry noted that trade disruptions as a result of a foreign animal disease outbreak would have significant impact on the pork industry. PVCRT members recognized the need for greater involvement and leadership from all areas of disease prevention and response.
  • Identification of the needs to take advantage of opportunities to influence the animal health file through the National Farmed Animal Health and Welfare Council was stressed to avoid fragmentation. 
  • PVCRT supported the advancement of the National Plant and Animal Health Strategy recognizing that an appropriate governance model must be put in place.

Other issues

  • Tax policies: Finance Canada provided information on new tax policies. Industry was also informed that the new rules proposed on generation transfer, post death tax planning, capital gains are on hold until more information on the potential impact is available.
  • Electronic Service Delivery (ESD): Update on the status and rollout of the ESD was provided. Strong support for an effective and efficient ESD model was demonstrated by PVCRT members.
  • Financing: It was noted that Canada's swine production infrastructure is aging and hitting a critical level in terms of operational expectancy. Industry to explore engagement opportunities with the Canadian Bankers Association to provide greater clarity on the realities of the sector, and to explore potential avenues of support.
  • Others: Brief updates were provided on the following topics: labour, Pork Promotion Research Agency, pork grading, and service fees.

Conclusion

  • The next PVCRT will be scheduled for March 13 to 14, 2018.
  • Refer to Annex A for action items generated; and Annex B for list of participants.

Annex A: Action items and recommendations

Meeting / Item # Description Responsibility Timeline
31-1

Engagement with Strategy Tables: PVCRT to connect with the Agri-Food  Table to explore engagement opportunities with the roundtable.

Pork roundtable to coordinate with beef roundtable to establish key red meat priority areas for presentation/consideration by the Strategy Tables.

PVCRT industry members

Mid-November

Mid November

31-2 Resetting relationship with CFIA: PVCRT to initiate steps, in collaboration with beef and pork sector organizations, to draft a letter to CFIA expressing support for direction and initiatives being undertaken by Agency while putting forward a proposal to solidify greater collaboration and cooperation. CMC/CPC End of calendar year
31-3 The PVCRT to write the Government of Canada to stress the importance of TPP-11 in the context of pork trade between Canada and the Asia Pacific Region. PVCRT industry chair End of November 2017
31-4 Sustainability Working Group to develop a proposal, which would highlight the vision for an active approach on sustainability for the pork industry, including immediate next steps. Sustainability WG of the PVCRT By April 2018
31-5 Invite the Canadian Bankers Association to the next PVCRT to provide information on industry’s production dynamics and discuss long term financing opportunities. PVCRT/ AAFC/ CPC For next PVCRT meeting

Annex B: Participants

Co-chairs

  • Ben Woolley – Industry Co-Chair, Sunterra Farms
  • Kris Panday – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)

Industry

  • Arnold Drung – Conestoga Meat Packers
  • Claude Vielfaure – Manitoba Pork Council/HyLife Foods
  • Rick Bergmann – Canadian Pork Council
  • Jurgen Preugschas,  International Meat Secretariat
  • Neil Ketilson – Saskatchewan Pork Development Board
  • Frank Novak – Alberta Pork
  • Eric Schwindt – Ontario Pork
  • Rory McAlpine – Maple Leaf Foods Inc.
  • Iain Stewart – Maple Leaf Foods Inc.
  • Tim Faveri – Maple Leaf Foods Inc.
  • Steve Morin – Olymel
  • Melissa Dumont – Animal Nutrition Association of Canada (ANAC)
  • Randy Doctoroff – Costco
  • John Webb – Swine Innovation Pork
  • Brian Sullivan – Canadian Centre for Swine Improvement
  • Jorge Correa – Canadian Meat Council
  • Kevin Mosser – Canada Pork International
  • Martin Lavoie – Canada Pork International
  • Vincent Cloutier – Les Éleveurs de porcs du Québec
  • John Ross – Canadian Pork Council

Provincial governments

  • Christoph Wand – Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)
  • Robyn Harte – Manitoba Agriculture
  • Sarah-Claude Vanlandeghem – Québec – MAPAQ (by phone)
  • Réjeanne Asselin – Québec – MAPAQ (by phone)

Federal government

  • Patti Negrave – AAFC
  • Alain Giguère – AAFC (by phone)

Guest/speakers

By teleconference

  • Michael Silverman – Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
  • Jaspinder Komal – CFIA
  • Denis Landreville – AAFC
  • Manisha Mehrotra – Health Canada
  • Ted Cook – Canada Revenue Agency
  • Melissa Dumont – Animal Nutrition Association of Canada (ANAC)

In person

  • Sarah George – CFIA
  • Myrna Grahn – Public Trust Steering Committee

Federal support

  • Ron Gerold – AAFC
  • Stephen Desroches – AAFC
  • Violette Jacques – AAFC
  • Robert Dion – AAFC

Provincial observers

  • Jaydee Smith – OMAFRA
  • Laura Eastwood – OMAFRA

Industry observers

  • Brian Sullivan – Canadian Centre for Swine Improvement

Federal observers

  • Cathy Hao – AAFC
  • Francois Bédard – AAFC
  • Robert Fraser – AAFC (by phone)
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