Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

April 07, 2006 22:13 ET

AAFC: Minister's Statement-Minister Strahl Confirms His Desire To Work With Provinces

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - April 7, 2006) - "This government recognizes that the Canadian Agricultural Income Stabilization (CAIS) program, a joint federal-provincial-territorial program, is flawed. We have heard this from producers loudly and clearly. Farmers are not getting the help they need under the current program.

"On March 20, I met with provincial and territorial Ministers and we all agreed that CAIS needs to change.

"...to move forward on transforming the Canadian Agricultural Income Stabilization (CAIS) program to ensure programming is simpler and more responsive to the needs of Canada's producers. They tasked officials to review options, to carry out consultations, including on the possibility of replacing the current integrated CAIS program with one that separates disaster relief from income stabilization, and to bring recommendations back to them at their next meeting in June."

"We are making changes to the current program, trying to fix some of its problems so that farmers can actually benefit from the program, now. I look forward to working with the provinces to accomplish positive changes to the program, in the short-term.

"However, the federal position has not changed since we met in March. At the next federal-provincial-territorial meeting of Ministers in June, I will have concrete proposals on replacing CAIS with separate programs for income stabilization and disaster relief that are simpler, more responsive and bankable.

"This government will create an environment that will allow our agricultural producers to make a decent living from the market and enjoy future prosperity."

Contact Information

  • Minister Strahl's Office
    Jeff Howard
    Press Secretary
    (613) 759-1059
    or
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Media Relations
    (613) 759-7972
    1-866-345-7972