I’m looking for your feedback to determine Alberta’s priorities for the Next Policy Framework (NPF) that will replace the joint federal-provincial Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP). In addition, we are looking for feedback on long-term business risk management (BRM) reform.
CAP, which expires in in 2023, is a $3 billion 5-year investment by federal, provincial and territorial governments to strengthen and grow Canada's agriculture and agri-food sector. The NPF will continue our investment in Alberta’s agriculture industry through to 2028.
Alberta’s agri-food sector is doing well despite the challenges in recent years, but we know that challenges will likely continue to persist. Through CAP and the NPF, we will support Alberta’s Recovery Plan through increased investment attraction and improved market access.
We are pushing forward with an aggressive strategy to bring investment to our processing and primary agriculture sectors, while also setting ambitious growth targets.
Increasing export targets will ensure Alberta’s agriculture products are meeting the appetite of the growing world population.
The prairie provinces are also working together to make the next suite of national CAP programs more simple and timely across all sectors with equitable, predictable business risk management programs for producers.
BRM programs aim to provide producers with tools to protect the viability of their farming operations and to manage financial risk. Reliable programming is essential for the continued growth of the agriculture sector and we’re looking to gather solutions to the current problems that we know exist within these programs.
Have your say
I will be bringing your feedback forward when we negotiate the next policy statement at the 2021 Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers of Agriculture conference this fall. Albertans can have their say by filling out the online survey by July 2, 2021. Your input will support future phases of this project as we move closer towards a new agreement that works for Alberta’s world-class agriculture sector.
Devin Dreeshen served as Minister of Agriculture and Forestry from April 30, 2019 to November 5, 2021.