Thirty-third meeting of the Pork Value Chain Roundtable: Record of decision
October 11 to 12, 2018 – Toronto, Ontario
Key decision points
- The Pork Value Chain Roundtable (PVCRT) will write a letter to the Ministers of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) underscoring the importance of the Agri-Food Economic Strategy Table report and recommendations. The letter will urge the need for continued engagement, monitoring and progress and will highlight PVCRT priorities.
- The PVCRT supports the continued work of the Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) and requested that RCC representation attend the next PVCRT to present their future workplan post United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) negotiations.
- In anticipation of being invited to participate in US-led, African Swine Fever (ASF) table top exercise, Industry will organize a dedicated meeting in early 2019 to discuss the options/approaches.
- Sustainability Working Group of the PVCRT will explore next steps on how to make progress against the “hotspots” identified in the lifecycle analysis work and communications of the results.
Refer to Annex A for a complete list of decisions.
- The agenda and last meeting action items were reviewed.
Agri-Food economic strategy table recommendations
- AAFC presented the recommendations from the Agri-Food Economic Strategy Table report, which was released on September 24, 2018. The recommendations were well-received with access to capital being identified as a concern for the industry that was not raised in the Report.
- The recommendations of the report focused on regulations, infrastructure, market diversification, innovation and labour and skills.
- Industry members of the PVCRT agreed to write a letter to the Ministers of ISED and AAFC underscoring the importance of the recommendations from Agri-Food Economic Strategy Table report and a need for continued engagement, monitoring and progress going forward. The letter will highlight priority areas for the industry.
- AAFC provided an update on various trade negotiations including the USMCA, Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), Mercusor, the Canada–European Union: Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and the Pacific Alliance. Other negotiations briefly discussed included the United Kingdom, India and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
- Table members questioned whether Canada can negotiate a trade agreement with China as a result of the USMCA.
- It was noted that the United States-Canada Consultative Committee on Agriculture (CCA) and the Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) were on hold throughout the negotiations. It is expected that the CCA will meet in early 2019.The PVCRT will communicate its support for continued work of the RCC and request that the RCC attend the next PVCRT to present their workplan.
- Members briefly discussed transportation issues for the sector (for example, maintain transportation of chilled pork to export markets in times of labour disruptions).
- The PVCRT reiterated its support for exploring if chilled pork could receive the same service status at ports as grain vessels, as defined in Canada’s Labour Code. Canada Pork International (CPI) and the Canadian Meat Council (CMC) will take a first step and meet with the Canadian Industrial Review Board and Employment and Social Development Canada to gather information on the legislation and to raise awareness of the importance of the issue. An update on the issue will be on the agenda at the next PVCRT meeting.
Medium term outlook
- AAFC’s Research and Analysis Directorate provided an update to the Roundtable on the Medium-Term Outlook (MTO), which was recently released. The MTO provides a perspective on agricultural markets over the period 2017 to 2027 based on current policies, market environment and macroeconomic trends.
- The discussion focused on the assumptions made in the analysis and the expectations for the sector’s future potential. The trend analysis prepared seems to be negative (for example, little expected production growth and a decline of consumption over the next 10 years) but there are areas of positivity (for example, export growth).
African swine fever
- A panel of representatives from the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), the Canadian Pork Council (CPC), the Animal Nutrition Association of Canada (ANAC) and Maple Leaf Foods Inc., presented on the African Swine Fever (ASF) and possible implications for Canada.
- There was an agreement on the need to be proactive in managing this issue. Banning the importation of feed ingredients from countries confirmed to have ASF was discussed as one possible action.
- Members agreed on the need for:
- leadership on this file (for example, a permanent Canadian Chief Veterinary Officer and animal health champion)
- need for a “go-to” website to share information (government and/or industry led), additional resources requirements (funding and human),
- development of a stop movement policy
- on-going scientific risk assessments that are communicated to industry in a timely fashion.
- Industry will write to the President of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency asking for a more coordinated industry-government response to ASF.
- The US is expected to lead a table-top exercise on ASF in April or May 2019. In anticipation of participating, the industry will organize a conference call to discuss the options/approaches.
Made in Canada hog pricing
- The Canadian Pork Council (CPC) are in the process of contracting a study to examine pork pricing in Canada. CPC has applied for government support for this project through AAFC’s AgriRisk Initiatives program. There was support for this study from Roundtable members with some offering data or additional information. Data collection (i.e. source of information) was identified as a challenge for this project.
- Maple Leaf Foods, made a presentation to the Roundtable on animal health. An industry leaders meeting was held on September 19th, 2018 which discussed Canada’s current state of animal health activities (that is, fragmentation of current activities and resources) and explored industry interests and options to establish a path forward.
- A letter signed by industry participants will be sent in October 2018 to federal, provincial and territorial Ministers of Agriculture to seek support for the Animal Health Canada concept. Additional activities related to this topic will also be taken (for example, establishing a CEO level “Champions Steering Committee” to make progress on the issue).
A Food policy for Canada
- AAFC provided an overview of the consultations with stakeholders and Canadians on a Food Policy for Canada. The creation of the Food Policy for Canada is mentioned in the Minister’s mandate letter.
Pork sustainability – life cycle sssessment
- In follow-up to the discussion at the May 2018 PVCRT meeting, AAFC contracted Groupe AGÉCO to undertake a streamlined life-cycle analysis (LCA) for the hog/pork sector.
- Groupe AGECO presented the draft results of this LCA for the hog/pork industry.
It was decided that the Sustainability Working Group of the PVCRT will explore next steps on how to make progress against the “hotspots” identified in the LCA work and communications of the results.
- The next PVCRT meeting will be held in April 2019 in Ottawa, Ontario.
- Refer to Annex A for action items and Annex B for the list of participants.
Annex A: Action items
|Meeting / Item #||Description||Responsibility||Timeline|
|33-1||The industry members of the Pork Value Chain Roundtable will write a letter to Ministers Bains and MacAulay underscoring the importance of the Agri-Food Economic Strategy Table report and recommendations and to urge continued engagement and progress going forward. PVCRT to highlight in the letter priority areas for the industry.||Co-Chairs||Winter 2019|
|33-2||The PVCRT to formally communicate its support for continued work of the Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) and to request that RCC attend the next PVCRT to present their workplan.||AAFC||Action item for the April 2019 meeting agenda|
|33-3||The PVCRT reiterated its support for exploring if chilled pork could receive the same service status at ports as grain vessels as defined in Canada’s Labour Code. CPI and the CMC will take the first step and meet with Canadian Industrial Review Board Employment and Social Development Canada to gather information on the legislation and raise awareness of the importance of the issue.||Industry||Action item for the April 2019 meeting agenda|
|33-4||Industry will organize a dedicated meeting on ASF in early 2019 to discuss the options/approaches on what can be done to contain and inform the population/producers of the disease in Canada. In addition, industry will write to the President of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency asking for a more coordinated industry-government response to ASF.||Industry||Action item for the April 2019 meeting agenda|
|33-5||Sustainability Working Group of the PVCRT will explore next steps on how to make progress against the “hotspots” identified in the LCA work and communications of the results.||Sustainability Working Group||January 2019|
Annex B: Participants
- John Ross, Industry Co-Chair, Canadian Pork Council
- Doug Forsyth, Co-Chair, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)
- Arnold Drung, Conestoga Meat Packers
- Neil Ketilson, Saskatchewan Pork Development Board
- Frank Novak, Alberta Pork
- Martin Waldner, Alberta Pork
- Rory McAlpine, Maple Leaf Foods Inc.
- John Webb, Swine Innovation Porc (by teleconference)
- Brian Sullivan, Canadian Centre for Swine Improvement
- Jorge Correa, Canadian Meat Council
- Chris White, Canadian Meat Council
- Kevin Mosser, Canada Pork
- Martin Lavoie, Canada Pork International
- Vincent Cloutier, Les éleveurs de porcs du Québec
- René Roy, Les éleveurs de porcs du Québec
- John de Bruyn, Ontario Pork
- Ben Woolley, Sunterra Farms
- Rick Bergmann, Canadian Pork Council
- Abida Ouyed, Swine Innovation Porc
- Stewart Cressman, Swine Innovation Porc
Provincial government members
- Christoph Wand, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
- Robyn Harte, Manitoba Agriculture (by teleconference)
- Sarah-Claude Vanlandeghem, Québec -ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation
- Rejeanne Asselin, Québec -ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation (by teleconference)
- Ron Gietz, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development (by teleconference)
- Brad Marceniuk, Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture (by teleconference)
Federal government members
- Patti Negrave, AAFC
- Cesar Urias, GAC
- Marco Valicenti, AAFC
- Marie-Noëlle Desrochers, AAFC
- Juanita Rafajlovic, AAFC
- Kathryn Forrester, AAFC
- Jason Baillargeon, AAFC
- Everett Harper, CBSA
- Debbie Barr, CFIA
- Egan Brockhoff, CPC
- Mélissa Dumont, ANAC
- Dr. Greg Douglas, Maple Leaf Foods Inc.
- François Charron-Doucet, AGÉCO
- Julie-Anne Chayer, AGÉCO
- Shane Campbell, AAFC
- Claudine Routhier, AAFC
- Marie-Pierre Trudel, AAFC
- Céline Bourbonnais, Canadian Pork Council (by teleconference)
- Gary Stordy, Canadian Pork Council, (by teleconference)
- Claudia Gagné-Fortin, MAPAQ (by teleconference)
- William Gould, The Progressive Group of Companies (by teleconference)
Federal government observers
- Marty Seymour, Farm Credit Canada
- Francois Bédard, AAFC
- Simon Dessureault, AAFC
- Alain Giguère, AAFC
- Catherine Ridout, AAFC (by teleconference)
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