Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

May 01, 2007 16:15 ET

Canada's New Government Bringing Increased Transparency and Predictability to Farm Programming

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - May 1, 2007) - The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board, responded today to the Auditor General's report on the Canadian Agricultural Income Stabilization (CAIS) Program.

"I'd like to thank the Auditor General for her report and her efforts to make government more effective and accountable. We fully agree with her recommendations," said Minister Strahl. "When this program was first developed we said it would not work, we said it was too complex and that it would not deliver the way it should for farmers."

The Auditor General suggested a number of improvements to simplify program delivery, make it more accessible and better meet the needs of producers. These include making producer statements more transparent, focusing on reducing payment errors, and avoiding conflict of interest situations.

"Canada's New Government made a commitment to replace CAIS with programs that are simpler, more predictable and responsive to the needs of producers," added Minister Strahl. "And, to this end, we've been working hard with provinces and territories on new and improved programs that will better address the needs of farmers."

A new farmer savings account with a cost of production component, combined with the disaster relief framework, improved production insurance, and an improved margin-based program represents this Government's proposal for the replacement of CAIS.

At their April 12 meeting, federal, provincial and territorial ministers of agriculture tasked officials to return with details to enable agreement on a new suite of programs for June.

More information on AAFC's response to the Auditor General's report is available on the CAIS web site (

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Ottawa, Ontario
    Media Relations
    Minister Strahl's Office
    Ted Yeomans
    Press Secretary