Federal Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau and Manitoba Agriculture Minister Derek Johnson announced $221 million for strategic agricultural initiatives in Manitoba under the new the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (Sustainable CAP).
The Sustainable CAP is a five-year, $3.5-billion investment by Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial governments that supports Canada’s agri-food and agri-products sectors. This includes $1 billion in federal programs and activities and a $2.5 billion commitment that is cost-shared 60 per cent federally and 40 per cent provincially/territorially for programs that are designed and delivered by provinces and territories.
The Manitoba government has launched a suite of programs under the Sustainable CAP framework that will help the sector reach its full potential by expanding business opportunities, investing in sustainable practices throughout the sector, and strengthening resiliency of the entire food chain. These programs were developed through significant consultation with industry partners, who highlighted a number of priority areas, including research, innovation and market development, emergency preparedness and technology advancement.
For example, the new Resilient Agricultural Landscape Program has been developed based on feedback from the industry, and supports ecological goods and services by funding on-farm projects that remove carbon (or carbon dioxide) from the atmosphere to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Eligible applicants include community pastures, agricultural Crown land forage lease-holders, First Nations and Métis communities and farmers outside of watershed district boundaries.
Canadian producers also have access to an enhanced suite of business risk management programs to help them manage significant risks that threaten the viability of their farms and are beyond their capacity to manage. The Sustainable CAP comes into effect April 1, and replaces the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.
“The Sustainable CAP is a commitment by the governments of Canada and Manitoba to continue investing in the agriculture sector’s growth and innovation, ensuring producers, ranchers and processors reach their full potential and have access to new markets for their products. Building a resilient and productive sector in Manitoba will help Canada remain a world leader in sustainable agriculture.” — The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
“Manitoba producers and agri-processors are key contributors not only to Manitoba’s economy, but to the entire international agri-food value chain. Our government is committed to supporting this industry through targeted programming while they work to sustainably feed the world, right here at home. I want to thank our industry stakeholders for their input in consultations over the last two years so we could create programs that fit exactly what Manitoba producers need. I look forward to future investments that will support Manitoba agricultural operations.” — Manitoba Agriculture Minister Derek Johnson
- The Sustainable CAP initiative will deliver programs that support a number of priority areas, including:
- building sector capacity, growth and competitiveness;
- climate change and environment;
- science, research and innovation;
- market development and trade; and
- resiliency and public trust.
- On March 6, the Government of Canada announced that applications are now being accepted for federal programs under the Sustainable CAP that will go into effect on April 1.
- The Sustainable CAP replaces the previous framework, the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, which resulted in significant investments and growth in Manitoba’s agriculture and agri-food sector.
- The new Sustainable CAP agreement has a 25 per cent funding increase over the previous agreement.
(Government of Manitoba News Release)