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Horizontal Initiatives




Name of Horizontal Initiative: Agricultural Regulatory Action Plan of Growing Forward

Name of Lead Department: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)

Lead Department Program Activity: Regulatory Efficiency Facilitation

Start Date: April 1, 2008

End Date: March 31, 2013

Total Federal Funding Allocation (from start date to end date): $94.9 million over five years

Description of the Horizontal Initiative (including funding agreement):

This initiative targets four specific regulatory issues that were identified by agri-food stakeholders, namely: 1) minor use pesticides and pesticide risk reduction; 2) veterinary drugs; 3) health claims, novel foods, and ingredients; and 4) food fortification. The Agricultural Regulatory Action Plan supports the general principles of the Government of Canada's Cabinet Directive on Streamlining Regulation. The Plan specifically addresses the development of regulatory frameworks based on the accumulation of sound science, as well as advancing the transparency, timeliness, responsiveness, efficiency, public interest, and government collaboration to minimize regulatory burden for stakeholders.

Shared Outcomes:

Addressing key regulatory obstacles to promoting a competitive and innovative sector, while protecting and advancing the public interest

Governance Structure:

Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) between AAFC and Health Canada set out the roles and responsibilities for the management of this initiative. The Deputy Ministers of the two departments oversee the governance process that includes the following levels of management in accordance with the MOUs:

  • An Assistant Deputy Ministers' (ADM) Committee oversees the management of the MOUs and reports back to the Deputy Ministers.
  • Joint Management Committees (JMC), composed of directors general or equivalent level representatives, have been established to manage the implementation of the MOUs and report semi-annually to the ADM Committee.

Performance Highlights:

The plan continued to foster government collaboration while supporting the development, implementation and enhancement of regulatory frameworks to address issues identified by stakeholders. In the area of minor use pesticides and pesticide risk reduction, project prioritization and expedited regulatory reviews increased the number of approved minor use pesticides. Enhanced guidance to stakeholders and the improved uptake of joint review opportunities increased the number of veterinary drugs available for food-producing animals in Canada. In the area of health claims, novel foods, and ingredients, key matters of food regulatory modernization were identified to accompany food industry innovation efforts and scientific substantiation of health claims. Finally, policy options continued to be explored, informed by nutrition-related data in the area of food fortification.

Federal Partners Federal Partner Program Activity Names of Programs for Federal Partners Total Allocation (from Start to End Date) ($ millions) 2010-11 ($ millions)
Planned Spending Actual Spending Expected Results Results Achieved
Due to rounding, figures may not add up to the totals shown.
AAFC Regulatory Efficiency Facilitation Minor Use Pesticides and Pesticide Risk Reduction 36.2 9.1 8.5 Increased minor-use pesticides and reduced risk pest management tools permissible or available for use Data and information were generated for 80 minor-use pesticides submissions and 20 new reduced risk tools, resulting in increased pesticide risk reduction tools, practices and technologies available to growers.
Health Claims, Novel Foods, and Ingredients 16.1 3.6 3.4 Enhanced sector ability to navigate the food regulatory system, which should lead to improved sector understanding of regulatory processes/requirements Sector analysis-based input led to several regulatory policy updates and advice including scientific, provided to industry and sector groups resulted in two health claims and two novel food submissions meeting regulatory requirements.
Health Canada Pesticide Regulation Minor Use Pesticides and Pesticide Risk Reduction 16.0 4.0 4.0 New minor uses of pesticides available to growers through a dedicated minor use review process Developed a new approach to streamline the regulatory submission process, and registered 135 new pesticide minor uses. Six transition strategies were developed.
Health Products Veterinary Drugs 5.0 1.2 1.2 Reduction in review times for veterinary drug submissions and increased availability of drugs for food-producing animals Completed the first Minor Use Minor Species submission. Eliminated the backlog of submissions and reduced the review time of new drugs.
Food and Nutrition Health Claims, Novel Foods, and Ingredients 17.4 3.5 3.5 Modernized and efficient policy and regulatory approaches and pre-market processes leading to new, innovative and safe food products and claims, focusing on health benefits Drafted amendments to modernize the Food and Drugs Act. Completed 14 regulatory amendments and 12 Interim Marketing Authorizations, published summaries of assessment for two new health claims, and classified 600 products at the food/natural health product interface.
Food Fortification 4.3 1.2 1.2 Increased staff capacity to deliver Temporary Market Authorisation Letters, while continuing to explore policy options for the voluntary addition of vitamins and mineral nutrients to foods.
Total 94.9 22.5 21.8    

Comments on Variances: Not applicable

Results Achieved by Non-Federal Partners: Not applicable

Contact information:

Lynn Stewart, Director
Food Regulatory Issues Division
Sector Development and Analysis Directorate
Market and Industry Services Branch
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Room 242, Floor 2, Tower 5
1341 Baseline Road
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0C5
613-773-0153
lynn.stewart@agr.gc.ca

Note:

AAFC's Growing Forward is the five-year policy framework that replaced the Agricultural Policy Framework as of the 2008–09 fiscal year. Planned spending figures are consistent with the 2010–11 RPP. They represent the amounts included in Main Estimates. They do not include any additional amounts that may have been brought into the Department's reference levels during 2010–11, due to the timing of the 2010–11 RPP. Total Federal Funding Allocation reflects all currently approved TB Submissions and reallocations. Total allocation, planned spending and actual spending are net of indirect costs.



Name of Horizontal Initiative: Agricultural Flexibility Fund

Name of Lead Department: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)

Lead Department Program Activity:

The Agricultural Flexibility Fund contributes to several program activities within AAFC: Environmental Knowledge, Technology, Information and Measurement; On-Farm Action; Food Safety and Biosecurity Risk Management Systems; Trade and Market Development; Science, Innovation and Adoption; and Agri-Business Development.

Start Date: July 21, 2009

End Date: March 31, 2014

Total Federal Funding Allocation (from start date to end date):

$412.2 million (of which $140.6 million is funding through Canada’s Economic Action Plan)

Description of the Horizontal Initiative (including funding agreement):

The Agricultural Flexibility Fund (AgriFlexibility) is a five-year fund (2009–2014) that helps implement new initiatives, both federally and in partnership with provinces, territories and industry. AgriFlexibility’s goal is to improve the sector's competitiveness and help the sector adapt to pressures through non-business risk-management measures that will reduce costs of production, improve environmental sustainability, promote innovation, and respond to market challenges. AgriFlexibility initiatives can be implemented federally (Federal Initiatives), in partnership with provinces and territories (Cost-Shared Federal-Provincial/Territorial Initiatives) or by the industry (Industry-led initiatives).

Funding for industry-led initiatives is provided through a contribution agreement while funding for federal-provincial cost-shared initiative is provided through a bilateral agreement. This Horizontal Initiative is part of the Canada's Economic Action Plan.

Three federal initiatives under AgriFlexibility have been announced and implemented. They are: Livestock Auction Traceability Initiative (LATI); AgriProcessing Initiative (API); and Canada Brand Advocacy Initiative (CBAI).

Shared Outcomes:

  • Producers/partners/industry to improve their environmental practices
  • Producers/partners/industry to reduce their costs of production
  • Improved food safety, biosecurity, traceability, and risk management measures
  • Increase in value-chain efforts focussed on innovation and adaptation
  • Agri-industry implement actions to respond to market threats and take advantage of emerging market opportunities

Governance Structure:

The following is a description of the internal governance for approval/rejection of AgriFlexibility proposals:

  • AgriFlexibility is administered within the Agriculture Transformation Programs Directorate. Once AgriFlexibility proposals have been assessed, they are presented to the Directors General Innovation (DGI) Committee which is comprised of Directors General from across the Department and is co-chaired by: the Director General of Agriculture Transformation Programs Directorate, Farm Financial Programs Branch, and the Director General, Innovation Directorate, Research Branch. This Committee reviews proposals, verifies program eligibility, provides expert advice; makes a recommendation to one of the Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM) boards: the Policy, Programs and Results Board (PPRB) or Horizontal Management Board (HMB). The DGI Committee also reviews the financial status and status reports of AgriFlexibility on a regular basis.
  • PPRB and HMB are comprised of ADMs from across the Department. Since these two boards have very similar membership and meet on alternate weeks, either one or the other is used to review AgriFlexibility proposals and make funding recommendations, in order to make decisions on proposals in a timely manner.
  • Final approval of proposals is granted by the Minister, with a recommendation from the Deputy Minister.

Performance Highlights:

A lesson learned from AgriFlexibility is that providing industry, provinces and territories the ability to develop proposals to address specific needs enables industry to take action and a leading role in addressing specific issues of relevance to them. As of March 31, 2011 a total of 36 projects/initiatives from provinces, territories and industry have been approved for a total value of about $149.4 million in funding under the AgriFlexibility.

As most AgriFlexibility projects/initiatives are taking place over several years, and results are known at the end of activities, it is a challenge to report on an annual basis on the achievement of targets. Provinces and territories are to provide an annual report in the fall on the progress of their initiatives.

It should also be noted that provinces and territories are allowed to change their targets annually under their bilateral agreements.

Federal Partners Federal
Partner
Program
Activity
Names of
Programs
for Federal
Partners
Total
Allocation
(from start
to end date)
($ millions)
2010-11 ($ millions)
Planned Spending Actual Spending Expected Results Results Achieved
*As most AgriFlexibility projects are taking place over several years, it is not possible to report annually on the achievement of specific targets. It should also be noted that targets may change, as provinces and territories are allowed to change their targets annually under their contribution agreements. A total of 36 projects from provinces, territories and industry have been approved for a total value of about $149.4 million in funding under AgriFlexibility.
AAFC Various program activities Agricultural Flexibility Fund 412.2 121.4 28.9 Producers and industry improve their environmental practices N/A*
Producers and industry reduce their costs of production N/A*
Improved food safety, biosecurity, traceability and risk management measures N/A*
Total 412.2 121.4 28.9    

For more information on AgriFlexibility visit: http://www.agr.gc.ca/agriflexibility.

Comments on Variances:

As announced in Budget 2010, a total of $42M of 2010-11 planned spending was transferred to the Slaughter Improvement Program (SIP), the Over Thirty Months Payment program (OTMPP) and the Slaughter Waste Improvement Program (SWIP), and is not reflected in the AgriFlexibility actual spending. A portion of the unspend funding is expected to be carried forward into future years.

Results Achieved by Non-Federal Partners:

Overall the same results are to be achieved by provincial and territorial partners.

Contact information:

Linda Parsons, Director General
Agriculture Transformation Programs Directorate
Farm Financial Programs Branch
Room 220, Floor 8, Tower 7
1341 Baseline Road
Ottawa Ontario K1A 0C5
613-773-1900
linda.parsons@agr.gc.ca

Note:

Planned spending figures are consistent with the 2010–11 RPP. They represent the amounts included in Main Estimates. They do not include any additional amounts that may have been allocated to this initiative during 2010–11, due to the timing of the 2010–11 RPP. Total Federal Funding Allocation reflects all currently approved Treasury Board Submissions and reallocations. Total allocation, planned spending and actual spending are net of indirect costs.



Name of Horizontal Initiative: AgriInsurance

Name of Lead Department: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)

Lead Department Program Activity: Business Risk Management (BRM)

Start Date: April 1, 2008

End Date:

AgriInsurance contributions are statutory and ongoing.

Total Federal Funding Allocation (from start date to end date):

As the program is statutory and demand-driven, actual spending may vary. Total federal funding allocation is $1,629.4 million over four years (2008–09 to 2011–12).

Description of the Horizontal Initiative (including funding agreement):

AgriInsurance (formerly known as Production and Crop Insurance) aims to reduce the financial impact on producers of production losses caused by uncontrollable natural perils.

Authorities for the program include Section 4 of the Farm Income Protection Act, as well as Growing Forward: A Federal-Provincial-Territorial Framework Agreement on Agriculture, Agri-Food and Agri-Based Products Policy and the Federal/Provincial AgriInsurance Agreement.

The program links to the departmental strategic outcome of a competitive agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products sector that proactively manages risk and the Government of Canada's outcome of Strong Economic Growth.

For more information, visit the following websites:

Federal AgriInsurance
British Columbia
Alberta
Saskatchewan
Manitoba
Ontario
Quebec
New Brunswick
Nova Scotia
Prince Edward Island
Newfoundland

Shared Outcome:

To mitigate the financial impacts of production losses by providing effective insurance protection

Governance Structure:

AgriInsurance is part of the comprehensive Growing Forward agricultural policy framework developed by federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) Ministers of Agriculture, and falls under the BRM priority.

AgriInsurance is a provincial-territorial program to which the federal government contributes financially under the FPT AgriInsurance Agreement. The program is administered provincially in all provinces. The federal and provincial governments cost-share a portion of the premium costs together with program participants. Governments also fully cost-share the administrative costs of the program (60:40 federal-provincial).

Governance structure includes various national standards outlined in Canada Production Insurance Regulations. Like the other BRM programs, the governance structure for the program consists of working groups and committees, including the FPT AgriInsurance Working Group (AIWG), the FPT BRM Policy Working Group and the FPT Administrators Working Group, as well as the National Program Advisory Committee (NPAC) which includes FPT government officials and industry representatives. These groups examine BRM policy and program issues and, as requested, develop options to be brought forward to senior management, including FPT Assistant Deputy Ministers (ADMs), FPT Deputy Ministers and FPT Ministers.

Performance Highlights:

The value of insured to eligible production for insurance for 2009-10 exceeded the target of 60% with 62.68%. Production losses were mitigated with indemnity payments of $1.116 billion (including $257.3 million for unseeded benefits). The value of insured production amounted to $12.3 billion as 65.6 million of acres were covered.

The value of agricultural products eligible for insurance for 2009–10 compared to the total value of all agricultural products exceeded the target of 85% at 86.95%. This ratio has remained fairly consistent over the last two years.

Federal Partners Federal
Partner
Program
Activity
Names of
Programs
for Federal
Partners
Total
Allocation
(from start
to end date)
($ millions)
2010-11 ($ millions)
Planned Spending Actual Spending Expected Results Results Achieved
AAFC Business Risk Management AgriInsurance 1,629.4
over four years
(2008-09 – 2011-12)
413.6 517.2

The financial impacts of production losses are mitigated by providing effective insurance protection.

 

Indicators:

Value of insured production compared to the total value of all agricultural products eligible for insurance - Target 60 %.

The ratio of insured to eligible production for insurance for 2009-10 exceeds the target of 60% with 62.68%.
Value of agricultural products eligible for insurance compared to the value of all agricultural products - Target 85 %. The ratio exceeded the target of 85% at 86.95% in 2009-10.
Total 1,629.4 413.6 517.2    

Comments on Variances:

Actual spending was higher than planned spending for 2010–11 due to a substantial increase in premiums caused by higher grain prices that are reflected in the insurable values.

Results Achieved by Non-Federal Partners:

Planning and development activities are done jointly with the provinces. Therefore, the expected results are the same, but the achieved results will vary by province.

Contact information:

Danny Foster, Director General
Business Risk Management Program Development
Room 241, Floor 3, Tower 7
1341 Baseline Road
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0C5
613-773-2100
danny.foster@agr.gc.ca

Note:

Planned spending figures are consistent with the 2010–11 RPP. They represent the amounts included in Main Estimates. They do not include any additional amounts that may have been allocated to this initiative during 2010–11, due to the timing of the 2010–11 RPP. Total Federal Funding Allocation reflects all currently approved Treasury Board Submissions and reallocations. Total allocation, planned spending and actual spending are net of indirect costs.

This program is statutory and demand-driven; therefore, actual spending could vary. See also the related horizontal initiatives on AgriStability, AgriInvest and AgriRecovery.



Name of Horizontal Initiative: AgriInvest

Name of Lead Department: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)

Lead Department Program Activity: Business Risk Management (BRM)

Start Date:

Agreements were signed with the provinces December 19, 2007, to implement the program for the 2007 program year.

End Date:

AgriInvest grants and contributions are statutory and ongoing.

Total Federal Funding Allocation (from start date to end date):

As the program is statutory and demand-driven, actual spending may vary. Total federal funding allocation is $843.0 million over five years (2007-08 to 2011-12).

Description of the Horizontal Initiative (including funding agreement):

AgriInvest allows producers to self-manage, through producer-government savings accounts, the first 15% of their margin losses for a production year and/or make investments to reduce on-farm risks or increase farm revenues. Under the program, annual producer deposits of up to 1.5% of their allowable net sales are matched by government deposits. Government deposits are cost-shared 60:40 by federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) governments. In combination with the AgriStability program, AgriInvest is the successor to the Canadian Agricultural Income Stabilization program. AgriInvest replaces coverage for smaller income declines while AgriStability assists producers in managing larger losses.

AgriInvest provides producers with a secure, accessible, predictable, and bankable source of income assistance to address small drops in farm income and manage on-farm risks.

Authorities for the program include Section 4 of the Farm Income Protection Act, as well as Growing Forward: A Federal-Provincial-Territorial Framework Agreement on Agriculture, Agri-Food and Agri-Based Products Policy and the Federal/Provincial/Territorial Agreement with Respect to AgriStability and AgriInvest.

The program links to the departmental strategic outcome of a competitive agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products sector that proactively manages risk and the Government of Canada's outcome of Strong Economic Growth.

For more information, visit the following websites:

Federal AgriInvest
AgriInvest in Quebec (La Financire agricole du Qubec)

Shared Outcome:

To provide producers with flexibility in how they choose to manage and/or mitigate small income losses through the availability of timely and predictable funds

Governance Structure:

The AgriInvest program is part of the comprehensive Growing Forward agricultural policy framework developed by FPT Ministers of Agriculture, and falls under the BRM priority. Program costs, including program payments and administrative costs, are cost shared by the federal government and the provinces and the Yukon Territory on a 60:40 basis, respectively.

As a transitional measure, the deposit requirement was waived for the 2007 program year. Producers were required to make a deposit for the 2008 program year in order to receive matching government funding. The federal government held the AgriInvest accounts for both of these years except in Quebec.

For the 2009 program year, the AgriInvest program continued to be delivered by the federal government in all provinces except Quebec. However, governments worked with financial institutions to set up the infrastructure necessary to establish and hold AgriInvest accounts. Producers were able to make deposits under the AgriInvest program with financial institutions in the summer of 2010 for the 2009 program year. In Quebec, the AgriInvest program is, and will continue to be, delivered provincially by La Financire agricole du Qubec.

Like the other BRM programs, the governance structure for the program consists of working groups and committees, including the FPT BRM Policy Working Group and FPT Administrators Working Group, as well as the National Program Advisory Committee (NPAC) which includes FPT government officials and industry representatives. These groups examine BRM policy and program issues and, as requested, develop options to be brought forward to senior management, including FPT Assistant Deputy Ministers (ADMs), FPT Deputy Ministers and FPT Ministers.

Performance Highlights:

About 60% of participants who suffered an income decline and triggered AgriStability payments in the 2008 program year also made withdrawals from their AgriInvest accounts, suggesting that the majority of producers are using the program to manage income declines. The 60% target was met.

The 2010 BRM performance indicator survey indicated that 90% of those who withdrew money from the accounts used it to address income declines, which is far better than the target of 75%.

AAFC has also established the target of 65% for the percentage of producers participating in AgriInvest. Participation in AgriInvest reached over 70% of all Canadian producers in the 2008 program year, which was similar to the first year of the program.

Federal Partners Federal
Partner
Program
Activity
Names of
Programs
for Federal
Partners
Total
Allocation
(from start
to end date)
($ millions)
2010-11 ($ millions)
Planned Spending Actual Spending Expected Results Results Achieved
*As most AgriFlexibility projects are taking place over several years, it is not possible to report annually on the achievement of specific targets. It should also be noted that targets may change, as provinces and territories are allowed to change their targets annually under their contribution agreements. A total of 36 projects from provinces, territories and industry have been approved for a total value of about $149.4 million in funding under AgriFlexibility.
AAFC Business Risk Management AgriInvest 843.0 168.2 208.8

Producers have the flexibility in managing small financial risks.

Producers use program account balances to address income declines or to make investments to reduce on-farm risks or increase farm revenues.

The following results are based on the 2008 program year, the latest year for which processing is complete and data is available.

Indicators:

Percentage of AgriInvest producers receiving AgriStability payments and making withdrawals from their AgriInvest saving accounts – Target: at least 60% of AgriInvest producers

About 60% of participants who triggered AgriStability payments in 2008 also made withdrawals from their AgriInvest accounts.

Percentage of producers indicating that they use their funds to address income declines or make investments to reduce on-farm risks or increase to farm revenues – Target: at least 75% 90% of those who withdrew money from the accounts used it to address income declines.
Total 843.0 168.2 208.8    

Comments on Variances:

AgriInvest is demand-driven, rather than being funded from a set allocation for each fiscal year. Although the administrative costs of the program remain relatively constant, the variance of the year-to-year grant and contribution payments is directly related to both participation and commodity prices, as producer deposits and government contributions are based on a percentage of their income generated from the sale of commodities for a production year.

Results Achieved by Non-Federal Partners:

Coordination of program oversight and delivery with the federal government will ensure that the program is delivered consistently and that program objectives and reporting requirements are met.

Contact information:

Danny Foster, Director General
Business Risk Management Program Development
Room 241, Floor 3, Tower 7
1341 Baseline Road
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0C5
613-773-2100
danny.foster@agr.gc.ca

Note:

Planned spending figures are consistent with the 2010-11 RPP. They represent the amounts included in Main Estimates. They do not include any additional amounts that may have been allocated to this initiative during 2010-11, due to the timing of the 2010-11 RPP. Total Federal Funding Allocation reflects all currently approved TB Submissions and reallocations. Total allocation, planned spending and actual spending are net of indirect costs.

This program is statutory and demand-driven; therefore, actual spending could vary. See also the related horizontal initiatives on AgriStability, AgriInsurance and AgriRecovery. Total allocation does not include funding for the one-time federal-only 2007 AgriInvest Kickstart program.



Name of Horizontal Initiative: AgriRecovery – Agricultural Disaster Relief Program (ADRP)

Name of Lead Department: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)

Lead Department Program Activity: Business Risk Management (BRM)

Start Date: December 6, 2007

End Date: March 31, 2012

During the 2010-11 fiscal year, the program authorities were extended until March 31, 2012.

Total Federal Funding Allocation (from start date to end date):

Total federal funding allocation is $814.1 million over five years (2007–08 to 2011–12 fiscal years).

Description of the Horizontal Initiative (including funding agreement):

AgriRecovery enables federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) governments to provide timely assistance to help producers quickly re-establish their income stream and contain the long-term impacts after small- to mid-size disasters (e.g. disease, pest and weather). Programs under AgriRecovery are developed on a case-by-case basis after an assessment is completed and it is determined that there is need for assistance beyond existing programs, such as AgriInvest, AgriStability and AgriInsurance.

Under AgriRecovery, the ADRP helps focus the coordination effort, providing a process to fast-track authorities for programs to quickly fund initiatives under AgriRecovery.

Participating provinces and territories cost-share initiatives on a 60:40 FPT basis. For AgriRecovery programming outside the ADRP, funding options are negotiated with the provinces and territories on a case-by-case basis.

Authorities for the program include sub-section 12(5) of the Farm Income Protection Act, as well as various agreements for individual programming developed under AgriRecovery.

The program links to the departmental strategic outcome of a competitive agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products sector that proactively manages risk and the Government of Canada's outcome of Strong Economic Growth.

For more information, visit: http://www.agr.gc.ca/agrirecovery.

Shared Outcome:

To reduce the economic impact of catastrophic natural disasters on producers through timely assistance not otherwise provided by other programs

Governance Structure:

The AgriRecovery framework, including the ADRP, is part of the comprehensive Growing Forward policy framework developed by FPT Ministers of Agriculture, and falls under the Business Risk Management (BRM) priority. Under the ADRP, program costs, including program payments and administrative costs, are expected to be cost-shared by the federal government and the provinces and territories on a 60:40 basis, respectively. For AgriRecovery programming outside the ADRP, funding options are negotiated with the provinces and the territories on a case-by-case basis, however the 60:40 cost share requirement remains in effect.

Like the other BRM programs, the governance structure for the program consists of working groups and committees, including the FPT BRM Policy Working Group and FPT Administrators Working Group, as well as the National Program Advisory Committee (NPAC) which includes FPT government officials and industry representatives. These groups examine BRM policy and program issues and, as requested, develop options to be brought forward to senior management, including FPT Assistant Deputy Ministers (ADMs), FPT Deputy Ministers and FPT Ministers.

Specific to AgriRecovery and the ADRP are FPT Task Teams, which are initiated on a case-by-case basis when requested to assess and analyze a disaster and its impacts and, if needed, develop options for an individual disaster assistance initiative to be brought forward to participating FPT Ministers.

Performance Highlights:

Producers affected by a disaster situation benefit from financial assistance from federal, provincial and territorial governments. Since the inception of AgriRecovery, about 58,000 producers have received payments under various initiatives.

Federal Partners Federal
Partner
Program
Activity
Names of
Programs
for Federal
Partners
Total
Allocation
(from start
to end date)
($ millions)
2010-11 ($ millions)
Planned Spending Actual Spending Expected Results Results Achieved
AAFC Business Risk Management AgriRecovery (including ADRP) 814.1 121.7 256.9 Farm business operations resume operations following a natural disaster Thirteen initiatives were put in place in 2010–11 under the ADRP to help producers deal with disaster events.
Producers affected by a disaster situation benefit from financial assistance The results of the initiatives put in place will be available in the 2011–12 program year.

Indicators:

Percentage of producers who believe that the financial assistance provided under the program played a role in the recovery. Target is 75%

For 2009–10, provinces reported that almost all of the producers who received AgriRecovery assistance indicated it has helped in the recovery of their operations, surpassing the target of 75%.
Percentage of producers still farming one year after the disaster. Target is 70% of producers still farming one year later In the majority of cases, the producers were still in business one year after the disaster payments.
Total 814.1 121.7 256.9    

Comments on Variances:

The increase is as a result of four initiatives that were implemented to respond to wide spread excessive moisture and flooding in the western provinces.

Results Achieved by Non-Federal Partners:

Joint planning and execution (federally and provincially) will be undertaken so that results are consistent.

Contact information:

Danny Foster, Director General
Business Risk Management Program Development
Room 241, Floor 3, Tower 7
1341 Baseline Road
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0C5
613-773-2100
danny.foster@agr.gc.ca

Note:

Planned spending figures are consistent with the 2010–11 RPP. They represent the amounts included in Main Estimates. They do not include any additional amounts that may have been allocated to this initiative during 2010–11, due to the timing of the 2010–11 RPP. Total Federal Funding Allocation reflects all currently approved Treasury Board Submissions and reallocations. Total allocation, planned spending and actual spending are net of indirect costs.

This program is statutory and demand-driven; therefore, actual spending could vary. See also the related horizontal initiatives on AgriStability, AgriInvest and AgriInsurance.



Name of Horizontal Initiative: AgriStability

Name of Lead Department: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)

Lead Department Program Activity: Business Risk Management (BRM)

Start Date:

Agreements were signed with the provinces December 19, 2007, to implement the program for the 2007 program year.

End Date:

AgriStability grants and contributions are statutory and ongoing.

Total Federal Funding Allocation (from start date to end date):

As the program is statutory and demand-driven, actual spending may vary. Total federal funding allocation is $3,141.1 million over five fiscal years (2007–08 to 2011–12).

For the period of 2007–08, funding in the amount of $561.1 million pertains to the Canadian Agriculture Income Stabilization (CAIS) program, which preceded AgriStability.

Included in the total allocation is $14.8 million ($3.0 million for 2009-10 and $11.8 million for 2010–11) for the transfer of delivery from the federal administration of the program to British Columbia and Saskatchewan, which is a Canada Economic Action Plan Initiative.

Description of the Horizontal Initiative:

AgriStability is a margin-based program that provides support when producers experience large farm-income losses that result in drops in their margins (eligible farm income, less eligible farm expenses) for a program year of more than 15% relative to their average margins from previous years (i.e., their reference margins). Thus a payment is triggered under the program when producers' program-year margins drop below 85% of their reference margin. AgriStability also includes coverage for negative margins, as well as mechanisms to advance to participants a portion of their expected payments during the year when significant declines in incomes are expected (interim payments and Targeted Advance Payments). In combination with the AgriInvest program, AgriStability is the successor to the CAIS program. AgriInvest replaces coverage for smaller income declines while AgriStability assists producers in managing larger losses.

Authorities for the program include Section 4 of the Farm Income Protection Act, as well as Growing Forward: A Federal-Provincial-Territorial Framework Agreement on Agriculture, Agri-Food and Agri-Based Products Policy and Federal/Provincial/ Territorial Agreement with Respect to AgriStability and AgriInvest.

The program links to the strategic outcome of a competitive agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products sector that proactively manages risk and the Government of Canada's outcome of Strong Economic Growth.

For more information, visit the following websites:

Federal AgriStability
AgriStability in British Columbia
AgriStability in Alberta (Agriculture Financial Services Corporation (AFSC))
AgriStability in Saskatchewan
AgriStability in Ontario (Agricorp)
AgriStability in Quebec (La Financire agricole du Qubec)
AgriStability on Prince Edward Island (PEI Agricultural Insurance Corporation)

Shared Outcome:

To mitigate the short-term impacts of large income losses

Governance Structures:

The AgriStability program is part of the comprehensive Growing Forward agricultural policy framework developed by Federal, Provincial and Territorial (FPT) Ministers of Agriculture, and falls under the BRM priority. Program costs, including program payments and administrative costs, are cost-shared by the federal government and the provinces/territory on a 60:40 basis, respectively.

In British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec, and Prince Edward Island, the AgriStability program is delivered provincially. The AgriStability program is administered by the federal government in Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Yukon Territory.

Like the other BRM programs, the governance structure for the program consists of working groups and committees, including the FPT BRM Policy Working Group and FPT Administrators Working Group, as well as the National Program Advisory Committee (NPAC) which includes FPT government officials and industry representatives. These groups examine BRM policy and program issues and, as requested, develop options to be brought forward to senior management, including FPT Assistant Deputy Ministers (ADMs), Deputy Ministers and Ministers. NPAC provides advice through FPT ADMs.

Performance Highlights:

Participation in the 2008 program year declined largely due to improved farm incomes, particularly in the grains and oilseeds sector. Although participation was below the 75% target, the program continues to play a significant role in the management of risk on Canadian farms with the percentage of market revenues covered by the program being 68%.

For producers receiving AgriStability payments, their current year margins improved from about 24% of their historical average margin to 63% in the 2008 program year, slightly below the target of 65%.

AAFC has established a target of 97% for accuracy of payments for the federal delivery of AgriStability. In 2010-11, the accuracy rate for federal payments for the 2008 program year was 98.3%.

In addition, for timeliness of payments, a target has been set to process 75% of all final applications in a program year within 75 days of receipt. The percentage of applications processed within 75 days by all administrators of the program, although still below the 75% target, improved significantly from 52% in 2007 to 68% in the 2008 program year.

Federal Partners Federal
Partner
Program
Activity
Names of
Programs
for Federal
Partners
Total
Allocation
(from start
to end date)
($ millions)
2010-11 ($ millions)
Planned Spending Actual Spending Expected Results Results Achieved
Note: The performance measures reported in the RPP supplementary table have been revised to better target the objectives and outcomes of the AgriStability program.
AAFC Business Risk Management AgriStability 3,141.1
for 2007–08
to 2011–12
657.8 395.9 Short-term impacts of large income losses are reduced The following results are based on the 2008 program year, the latest year, for which processing is complete and data is available.

Indicators:

Participants' farm market revenues compared to total farm market revenues for the industry. Target is 75% of total farm market revenues are covered by the program (see note below).
The percentage of market revenues covered by the program in the 2008 program year was 68%.
Participant's production margin with payments compared to reference margin. Target is that program payments bring producer's margin up to 65% of reference margin (see note below). Program payments, brought producer’s current year margin to 63% of the reference margin in the 2008 program year.
Total 3,141.1 657.8 395.9    

Comments on Variances: Fiscal requirements for the AgriStability program decreased in 2010–11 primarily due to stronger commodity prices and payments from AgriInsurance and AgriRecovery which reduced the funding requirements of the program.

Results Achieved by Non-Federal Partners:

Coordination of program oversight and delivery with the federal government will ensure that the program is delivered consistently and that program objectives and reporting requirements are met.

Contact information:

Danny Foster, Director General
Business Risk Management Program Development
Room 241, Floor 3, Tower 7
1341 Baseline Road
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0C5
613-773-2100
danny.foster@agr.gc.ca

Note:

Planned spending figures are consistent with the 2010–11 RPP. They represent the amounts included in Main Estimates. They do not include any additional amounts that may have been allocated to this initiative during 2010–11, due to the timing of the 2010–11 RPP. Total Federal Funding Allocation reflects all currently approved Treasury Board Submissions and reallocations. Total allocation, planned spending and actual spending are net of indirect costs.

This program is statutory and demand-driven; therefore, actual spending could vary. See also the related horizontal initiatives on AgriInvest, AgriInsurance and AgriRecovery. Total allocation does not include funding for the one-time, federal-only 2007 AgriInvest Kickstart program.



Name of Horizontal Initiative: Canada's Rural Partnership

Name of Lead Department: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)

Lead Department Program Activity: Rural and Co-operatives Development

Start Date:

Start date under the Growing Forward Framework: April 1, 2008 (Original start date under Agricultural Policy Framework: April 1, 2003)

End Date: March 31, 2013

Total Federal Funding Allocation (from start date to end date):

$52.9 million over five years (including in-year transfers)

Description of the Horizontal Initiative (including funding agreement):

The Canada's Rural Partnership (CRP) leads an integrated, government-wide approach through which the government aims to co-ordinate its economic, social, environmental, and cultural policies towards the goal of economic and social development and renewal of rural Canada.

Shared Outcomes:

  • Collaboration between rural communities and stakeholders to address barriers and challenges to local development
  • Information and tools are used by rural communities and regions to develop local amenities and other assets
  • New economic activities are being implemented in rural Canada

Governance Structures:

The CRP is managed by the Rural and Co-operatives Secretariat. It has instituted mechanisms that contribute to raising awareness and inclusion of rural Canada in federal policies and programs, as well as engaging government and non-government partners to stimulate economic development in rural Canada. This includes:

  • the Rural Development Network, a policy-maker forum involving 28 federal departments and agencies;
  • the National Rural Research Network that brings together research partners from both academia and government to focus on enhancing knowledge about rural issues to better inform policy making;
  • the Community Information Database, a free web-based resource that provides comprehensive and reliable information on economic, social and demographic factors at the community level, to support decision-making and action; and
  • the Community Development Program that offers funding to assist rural and northern regions to obtain information and to access or develop the expertise, tools and processes needed to respond to challenges and opportunities in order to become more competitive and to generate economic activities.

Performance Highlights:

As lead of CRP, AAFC funded 19 rural community initiatives with partners in 2010-11 (bringing the total to 38) that enhance capacity for innovative rural development and develop and transfer knowledge (information, expertise, tools and processes) to rural communities and regions to assist them in responding to barriers to development.

AAFC was involved in 39 partnership initiatives in 2010-11 with government organizations and rural stakeholders to help address barriers to development and capture new economic development opportunities. More specifically, barriers to access to services were identified in over 160 communities in 18 regions. AAFC is engaging with rural stakeholders to address those that would have the most impact on economic development.

Federal Partners Federal Partner Program Activity Names of Programs for Federal Partners Total Allocation (from start to end date) ($ millions) 2010-11 ($ millions)
Planned Spending Actual Spending Expected Results Results Achieved
AAFC Rural and Co-operatives Development Canada's Rural Partnership 52.9 10.3 11.1 40 Rural communities and regions are using information, tools and processes to develop local natural and cultural amenities and other assets 32 rural communities used new and updated/adapted information and tools to innovate and diversify their economies
Total 52.9 10.3 11.1    

Comments on Variances:

Building on the partnership experience over the last two years, AAFC staff has fostered partnerships and/or participated in networks with the purpose of connecting rural communities to useful and quality information and tools to innovate and diversify their economies. The results, although lower than anticipated, will increase in future years; this is due to the fact that building partnership is a complex process that takes time.

Moreover, fewer projects than planned were funded; actual project funding spent ($1.5 million) was also lower than planned ($3.2 million). Project proponents' difficulty in securing matching contributions and the time necessary to build a project with communities and stakeholders involvement have been significant factors in lower than expected program participation.

Results Achieved by Non-Federal Partners: Not applicable

Contact information:

Michaela Huard
Executive Director
Rural and Co-operatives Secretariat
Room 125, Floor 2, Tower 7
1341 Baseline Road
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0C5
613-773-2916
michaela.huard@agr.gc.ca

AAFC's Growing Forward is the five-year policy framework that replaced the Agricultural Policy Framework as of 2008-09. Planned spending figures are consistent with the 2010-11 RPP. They represent the amounts included in Main Estimates. They do not include any additional amounts that may have been allocated to this initiative during 2010-11, due to the timing of the 2010-11 RPP. Total Federal Funding Allocation reflects all currently approved Treasury Board Submissions and reallocations. Total allocation, planned spending and actual spending are net of indirect costs.



Name of Horizontal Initiative: Co-operative Development Initiative

Name of Lead Department: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)

Lead Department Program Activity: Rural and Co-operatives Development

Start Date:

Start date under the Growing Forward Framework: April 1, 2008 (Original start date under Agricultural Policy Framework: April 1, 2003)

End Date: March 31, 2013

Total Federal Funding Allocation (from start date to end date):

$23.6 million over five years (including in-year transfers)

Description of the Horizontal Initiative (including funding agreement):

Through the Co-operative Development Initiative, the Rural and Co-operatives Secretariat provides advice on policies and programs affecting co-operatives, and builds partnerships within the federal government and with industry, provinces and other key stakeholders in the implementation of initiatives to support the development of co-operatives. The Secretariat manages a grants and contributions program, which includes:

  • providing advisory services and funding innovative co-op projects, delivered by the co-operative sector; and
  • funding research to build knowledge contributing to co-op development.

Shared Outcomes:

  • Access to services across the country creates an enabling environment for co-operative development and growth
  • More and stronger co-operatives respond to public policy challenges
  • Canadians are better able to utilize the co-operative model to meet their economic and social needs

Governance Structure:

The Co-operatives Secretariat (now integrated into a single Rural and Co-operatives Secretariat) was created as a focal point between Canadian co-operatives and federal departments and agencies. It has instituted mechanisms to raise awareness and inclusion of co-operatives in federal policies and programs. These include dialogue and collaboration with key federal departments as well as with provincial counterparts and the sector.

Performance Highlights:

AAFC continued its partnership with the two national co-op sector organizations in program delivery to provide advisory services and fund innovative co-operative projects across Canada.

As a result of this partnership, an integrated co-op development information and support referral system (utilizing the Internet and a toll-free line) is in place across the country. AAFC has also invested in a partnership with the co-op sector and the academic community towards the elaboration of a knowledge sharing platform that will serve to better link researchers and stakeholders and improve knowledge for co-operatives development.

In 2010–11, the Secretariat began discussions with the Business Development Bank of Canada to develop a financing product to help meet co-operatives’ capitalization and expansion needs. The Secretariat also embarked on a joint research initiative with Industry Canada to study the applicability of various co-op models for business succession in communities that fall under the definition of official language minority communities included in the Federal Roadmap for Canada's Linguistic Duality 2008–2013.

Federal Partners Federal Partner Program Activity Names of Programs for Federal Partners Total Allocation (from start to end date) ($ millions) 2010-11 ($ millions)
Planned Spending Actual Spending Expected Results Results Achieved
AAFC Rural and Co-operatives Development Co-operatives Development Initiative 23.6 4.7 5.1 25 Innovative co-operative development projects are implemented

82 co-operative innovation projects were approved and implemented

Another 45 projects were approved to be implemented in 2011–12.

Total 23.6 4.7 5.1    

Comments on Variances:

Demand for both advisory services and project funding remains strong. Three calls for proposals were administered in 2010–11. The number of projects approved and implemented is significantly higher than the target. This is explained by the strong demand seen from all parts of the country. Program administrators are also processing proposals that are more focussed and smaller in scope. The median recommended contribution is correspondingly smaller than would normally have been expected were the projects multi-phased and faceted.

Results Achieved by Non-Federal Partners:

Program delivery is through third party and the above-noted expected results and measures are to be achieved by the partners.

Contact information:

Michaela Huard
Executive Director
Rural and Co-operatives Secretariat
Room 125, Floor 2, Tower 7
1341 Baseline Road
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0C5
613-773-2916
michaela.huard@agr.gc.ca

Note:

AAFC's Growing Forward is the five-year policy framework that replaced the Agricultural Policy Framework as of 2008-09. Planned spending figures are consistent with the 2010-11 RPP. They represent the amounts included in Main Estimates. They do not include any additional amounts that may have been allocated to this initiative during 2010-11, due to the timing of the 2010-11 RPP. Total Federal Funding Allocation reflects all currently approved Treasury Board Submissions and reallocations. Total allocation, planned spending and actual spending are net of indirect costs.



Name of Horizontal Initiative: Growing Forward non-BRM Cost-Shared Programs (formerly known as the Growing Forward Program Initiatives Development)

Name of Lead Department: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)

Lead Department Program Activity: Food Safety and Biosecurity Risk Management Systems

Start Date: April 1, 2009

End Date: March 31, 2013

Total Federal Funding Allocation (from start date to end date): $20.8 million over four years

Description of the Horizontal Initiative (including funding agreement):

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between AAFC and Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) sets out the general terms, roles and responsibilities for the management and funding of the various components of the Canadian Integrated Food Safety Initiative (CIFSI), funded under AAFC's Growing Forward Framework Agreement. The following initiatives are delivered by CFIA, in collaboration with AAFC:

  1. CFIA System Recognition and Scientific and Technical Support element under the National Food Safety Systems component of the CIFSI:
    The CFIA-led System Recognition will provide government recognition of on-farm and post-farm food safety systems developed by national (or equivalent) industry organizations. CFIA will continue to develop and deliver food safety system recognition programs. Under the Scientific and Technical Support element, CFIA will continue to provide scientific and technical advice to support food safety system development based on Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP).

  2. National Biosecurity Standards Development:
    The National Biosecurity Standards Development will allow CFIA to focus on developing nationally consistent plant and animal biosecurity standards. These standards will be developed with industry, commodity organizations and provinces. Once the biosecurity standards are approved by CFIA, they will become the national biosecurity standard for that particular commodity.

  3. Traceability Information Sharing Solution element under the Developing National Traceability Systems component of the CIFSI:
    The Traceability Information Sharing Solution will explore potential solutions for accessing and querying traceability information between industry and government partners in a planned, measured and constructive way. The allocation of funding will be used to develop materials necessary to define and document the high level requirements and initial project planning for the national Traceability Information Sharing Solution, which may lead to preliminary project approval. This initiative will be managed through joint leadership between CFIA and AAFC and coordinated through the Traceability Management Office.

  4. Traceability Management Office Legislative and Regulatory Infrastructure element under the Developing National Traceability Systems component of the CIFSI:
    The Traceability Management Office will be established to collaboratively undertake the work relating to the overall government legislative and regulatory infrastructure necessary to put traceability authorities, agreements and protocols in place. The allocation of funding to CFIA will be used to develop the legislative and regulatory infrastructure for the initiative.

Shared Outcomes:

This initiative contributes to the following strategic outcomes of AAFC:

  • An environmentally sustainable agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products sector
  • A competitive agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products sector that proactively manages risk

Governance Structures:

The overall administration of the MOU for:

  1. AAFC is delegated to:
    Director General - Agriculture Transformation Programs Directorate
    Director General - Sector Policy Directorate
    Director General - Food Value Chain Bureau
    and
  2. CFIA is delegated to:
    Executive Director - Food Safety and Consumer Protection Directorate
    Executive Director - Animal Health Directorate, Programs
    Executive Director - Plant Health and Biosecurity
    Chief Information Officer - CFIA
    Executive Director - Domestic Policy Directorate

Performance Highlights:

To better reflect the CFIA progress towards obtaining final acceptance by Federal-Provincial-Territorial (FPT) governments of the On-Farm and Post-Farm Food Safety Recognition Programs, this memorandum was amended by changing the target dates for acceptance to May 2012 and December 2012 respectively.

The National Farm Level Biosecurity Standard for the Beef Sector has been drafted and is in the final phase of consultation.

The Traceability Information Sharing Solution is proceeding as planned. This is subject to a separate MOU with CFIA, with a complementary, but different governance structure.

The CFIA is in the process of seeking authority to develop a legislative and regulatory framework for traceability.

Federal Partners Federal Partner Program Activity Names of Programs for Federal Partners Total Allocation (from start to end date) 2010-11 ($ millions)
Planned Spending Actual Spending Expected Results Results Achieved
Due to rounding, figures may not add up to the totals shown.
AAFC Food Safety and Biosecurity Risk Management Systems CFIA System Recognition and Scientific and Technical Support N/A - funds
transferred to CFIA
N/A - funds
transferred to CFIA
  Work performed
by CFIA
Results reported
by CFIA
National Biosecurity Standards Development N/A - funds
transferred to CFIA
N/A - funds
transferred to CFIA
  Work performed
by CFIA
Results reported
by CFIA
Traceability Information Sharing Solution N/A – funds
transferred to CFIA
N/A – funds
transferred to CFIA
  Planned to be completed by March 31, 2010 Completed March 31, 2010
Traceability Management Office Legislative and Regulatory Infrastructure N/A – funds
transferred to CFIA
N/A – funds
transferred to CFIA
  Work performed
by CFIA
Results reported
by CFIA;
CFIA Food Safety and Nutrition Risks CFIA System Recognition and Scientific and Technical Support 7.3 2.1 1.8 Continuous improvement of the On-Farm Food Safety Recognition Program and the Post-Farm Food Safety Recognition Program

Completed the draft of the on-farm recognition procedures manual for Phase II, implementation and third party audit and Phase III implementation assessment.

The post-farm recognition procedures manual for Phase I – Technical Review nearly completed and Phase II development has started.

Ongoing technical review and assessment of on-farm and post-farm food safety programs for recognition

Technical review of one national producer organization (NPO) was completed. Three reviews currently in process.

Two 18-month reviews conducted. Other reviews suspended until 2011-12.

Scientific and technical support provided as needed to AAFC and AAFC stakeholders Six application reviews conducted as submitted by NPOs under the Growing Forward Food safety development component of AAFC.
Animal Health Risks and Production Systems National Biosecurity Standards Development 9.5 2.0 1.7 Review and approval process adopted The Canadian Swine Health Board has developed a National Farm Level Biosecurity Standard for the swine sector and review of the standard is in process.
Plant Health Risks and Production Systems Environmental scan of current state of biosecurity within a commodity sector

Two new expert groups established for Sheep and Grains and Oilseeds increasing the total to seven.

Benchmark tools and national sampling plans developed for dairy, bees (alfalfa leaf cutting) and in the process of being developed for potato and bees (bubble bee and honey) and sheep.

National biosecurity standard approved None of the agri-commodity specific biosecurity standards have been completed this year. Beef, Dairy and Bees standards are scheduled to be completed by the end of 2011-12.
Production and dissemination of standard Multi-species plant and animal biosecurity planning templates have been finalized to assist the provinces in their design and development of biosecurity implementation programming.
Production and dissemination of educational and training material Communication products have been developed and disseminated for these agri-commodities: Beef, Potato, Bees and Dairy.
Quarterly progress report and annual presentation to FPT Committee of Officials and/or Food Safety Biosecurity and Traceability (FSBT) Programs Working Group Several presentations were made to the FPT FSBT Programs Working Group
Animal Health Risk and Production Systems Traceability Information Sharing Solution 1.1 0.0 N/A Planned to be completed by March 31, 2010 Completed March 31, 2010
Traceability Management Office Legislative and Regulatory Infrastructure 3.0 0.9 0.9 Establish a National Legislative Framework for Traceability

A recommended option for traceability was presented to FPT ministers in July 2010 and CFIA is proceeding forward pursuant to FPT Ministers’ direction.

CFIA is in process of seeking authority to develop a legislative and regulatory framework for traceability.

Ongoing amendment and continuous improvement for a regulatory framework for traceability Health of Animals regulations were amended so all non-electronic cattle tags initially approved were revoked to support movement reporting.
Develop information sharing agreements with Canadian provinces Traceability information sharing negotiations started with British Columbia and still ongoing with Quebec, Manitoba and Ontario.
Develop a policy framework for traceability

CFIA has advanced the policy framework document through internal governance for approval.

Working with AAFC to develop implementation plans for the four priority species (cattle, sheep, hog and poultry) identified in the FPT ministers’ commitment.

Initiate Privacy Impact Assessments (PIA) The results of the PIA for the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency is now in the process of being published on the CFIA web site. Additional PIA with NPOs are being planned.
Total 20.8 5.0 4.4    

Comments on Variances:

Actual spending is $600,000 less then expected because 1) the delay in re-establishing the FPT Food Safety Recognition sub-committee, 2) the delay in a NPO starting the post-farm food safety recognition program, 3) delays in hiring two CFIA staff to conduct 18-month reviews and 4) the extensive time needed for consultation in the development of biosecurity national standards.

Results Achieved by Non-Federal Partners: Not applicable

Contact information:

Linda Parsons, Director General
Agriculture Transformation Programs Directorate
Farm Financial Programs Branch
Room 220, Floor 8, Tower 7
1341 Baseline Road
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0C5
613-773-1900
linda.parsons@agr.gc.ca

Note:

AAFC’s Growing Forward is the five-year policy framework that replaced the Agricultural Policy Framework as of 2008–09. Planned spending figures are consistent with the 2010–11 RPP. They represent the amounts included in Main Estimates. They do not include any additional amounts that may have been allocated to this initiative during 2010–11, due to the timing of the 2010–11 RPP. Total Federal Funding Allocation reflects all currently approved Treasury Board Submissions and reallocations. Total allocation, planned spending and actual spending are net of indirect costs.