Canada's Economic Action Plan

Canada's Economic Action Plan
Government of British Columbia

Government of British Columbia

January 29, 2010 14:33 ET

British Columbia Takes Over Local Delivery of Agriculture Programs

WINFIELD, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Jan. 29, 2010) - The Governments of Canada and British Columbia announced the AgriStability program will now be delivered provincially by local experts. The transfer will better tailor service to the needs of B.C. farmers and will bring 25 jobs to the province. Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Steve Thomson, B.C. Minister of Agriculture and Lands, made the announcement today in Winfield as part of Canada's Economic Action Plan.

"Farmers in different parts of the country have different needs so we're proud to partner with the Government of B.C. to give farmers the local service they deserve," said Minister Ritz. "This move will bring 25 jobs to B.C. and will boost the local economy as we continue to move forward with our Economic Action Plan."

"The Province's goal is to ensure our producers get the services they need. By bringing administration of this program to B.C. we are able to draw on our staff's understanding of specific challenges and conditions that are unique to our agriculture sector," said Thomson. "The difference between commodity sectors combined with diverse landscapes and economic conditions across the country, make this shift to local business risk management a positive change."

The British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture and Lands (BCMAL) will deliver AgriStability for BC farmers on behalf of the federal and provincial governments starting with the 2009 program year. The federal administration will complete the processing of B.C. files for the 2008 and prior program years.

BCMAL program experts will be located in four regional offices across the province to serve producers in-person or by telephone. Federal and provincial governments are working together to ensure a smooth transfer with no disruption to producers.

AgriStability helps farmers protect their farm income from large income declines, and is one of four programs in the suite of business risk management (BRM) programs under Growing Forward, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative. The transfer of AgriStability administration to British Columbia is another commitment met under Canada's Economic Action Plan.



Contact information:

For the 2009 Program Year
BC Ministry of Agriculture and Lands
Toll free: 1.877.343.2767
Web site: www.agf.gov.bc.ca/AgriStability


For 2008 and Earlier Program Years
AAFC Farm Income Programs
Toll free: 1.866.367.8506
Web site: www.agr.gc.ca/agristability

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Media Relations
    613-773-7972
    1-866-345-7972
    or
    Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz
    Meagan Murdoch
    Press Secretary
    613-773-1059
    or
    BC Ministry of Agriculture and Lands
    Patrick Vert
    Media Relations
    250-387-9147
    250-213-2020 (Cell)