Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

December 13, 2006 16:03 ET

AAFC: Next Generation of Agriculture and Agri-Food Policy Discussion Documents Available

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 13, 2006) - New documents intended to guide discussions during consultations for the next generation of agriculture and agri-food policy are now available on the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada website.

Federal, provincial and territorial ministers met last month in Calgary to discuss the future of Canada's agriculture and agri-food sector. Consultations have been launched on developing new policies ensuring the sector remains prosperous and sustainable in an ever-changing global economy. A Discussion Paper and Guiding Principles were released on November 14 following the meeting.

Most elements of the existing Agricultural Policy Framework expire in March 2008. The consultations on the next generation of agriculture policy will help to transform the Framework to make it more responsive and provide a solid foundation for continued profitability throughout the value chain.

The released documents include a series of thematic papers that present possible policy options in the following areas:

- Environment;

- Food Quality and Safety;

- Science and Innovation;

- Renewal;

- Markets and Trade.

In addition, a number of economic background papers have been developed. Together, the materials will serve to stimulate dialogue and discussion about how federal, provincial and territorial governments can work together to ensure a competitive and profitable agriculture and agri-food sector that provides Canadians with safe, innovative and high quality products and services. Consultation documents on business risk management will be available on the site soon.

A cross-Canada consultation will provide opportunities for all Canadians to participate and provide input and advice on how to help establish a sound policy foundation for the sector for years to come. Consultative discussions will be held in communities across the country starting in mid January, 2007. An e-consultation will provide an opportunity to provide input online for those unable to attend a meeting in-person. Responses can also be submitted by regular mail.

The new documents and additional details about the consultation process can be obtained by visiting or by calling 1 800 O-Canada. Public notices providing details about locations and dates of consultative discussions will appear in community newspapers early in 2007.

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Ottawa
    Media Relations