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Thursday, 22 July 2021

Government Announcements

COVID-19 Financial support for farmers and food processors.

July 15 – Federal-Provincial-Territorial Ministers of Agriculture:  Readout of Virtual Meeting. Canada’s Ministers of Agriculture met by video conference to discuss several key areas of interest for Canada’s agriculture sector, as a lead-up to their Annual Conference in September. The topics of discussion included the next Agricultural Policy Framework (successor to the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, which expires on March 31, 2023), prevention of and preparedness for the threat posed by African Swine Fever, potential long-term improvements to the suite of Business Risk Management programs (BRM), and setting the stage for a strong and sustainable future. For more information, click here.

Statement

July 19 – Government of Canada clarifies taxation for intergenerational transfers of small business shares. The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance affirmed that Bill C-208 has been passed by Parliament, received Royal Assent, and has become a part of Canada’s Income Tax Act. The changes contained in this legislation now apply in law. For more information, click here.

July 19 – Government of Canada gives boost to the local dairy industry in the Eastern Townships and Centre-du-Québec. The Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food announced investments totalling over $535,000 for three projects with Quebec dairy processors that will help boost production and capacity. Minister Bibeau made the announcement during visits to two of the dairy processors, emphasizing that the dairy industry is a vital part of the local rural economy, and the Government of Canada is investing so the dairy industry is well-positioned for sustainable future growth. For more information, click here.

July 19 – Government of Canada invests $2.6 million to improve alfalfa growth and develop a grassland carbon offset system. The Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food announced an investment of over $2.6 million to Canadian Forage and Grassland Association to support three projects that will assess and improve alfalfa growth using artificial intelligence and will develop a Canadian grassland carbon offset system. Alfalfa is a key forage crop producers rely on to capture and fix carbon, return nutrients to the soil and improve soil health. For more information, click here.

July 21 – Minister Bibeau and MP Schiefke highlight $5 million investment in new state-of-the-art hog processing facility near Vaudreuil. The Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and the Member of Parliament for Vaudreuil–Soulanges highlighted an investment of up to $5 million that helped CBCo Alliance increase capacity at its new hog processing facility in Les Cèdres, Quebec. This investment, made through the Emergency Processing Fund, supported infrastructure upgrades and the purchase and installation of advanced processing equipment to increase productivity and boost production capacity. For more information, click here.

House of Commons and Senate Proceedings

The House of Commons has adjourned for the summer and will be back in session on September 20.

The Senate has adjourned for the summer and will be back in session on September 20.

Committees

The House of Commons Committee on Finance had an emergency meeting to discuss the coming  into Force of Bill C-208, An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (transfer of small business or family farm or fishing corporation).

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Government Announcements

COVID-19 Financial support for farmers and food processors.

July 8 – Minister Bibeau announces significant boost to Lac-Saint-Jean’s dairy processors in Quebec. The Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food announced investments totalling over $4.5 million to three projects that will help boost production for Quebec dairy processors in the region of Lac-Saint-Jean. For more information, click here.

July 9 – Minister Bibeau re-opens the Local Food Infrastructure Fund with over double the funding this year for projects to improve food security in communities across Canada. The Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food announced a top-up of $10 million for the Local Food Infrastructure Fund, which will re-open for applications on Monday, July 12. With this additional funding to address pandemic-related food security pressures, the Fund is supporting $23 million in projects in 2021-22. For more information, click here.

July 12 – Minister Bibeau announces over $2.5 million to help improve food security in Montreal. The Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and the Member of Parliament for Hochelaga announced over $2.5 million for 30 projects with local not-for-profit organizations in the Montreal area. These investments, through the Local Food Infrastructure Fund, will support projects that facilitate access to safe and nutritious food for at-risk populations and strengthen the local food system. For more information, click here.

Backgrounder

July 13 – Support for major farmer biogas plant part of push for more clean technology in agriculture. The Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food was on site at Coop Agri-Énergie Warwick, the first agricultural cooperative dedicated to the production of renewable energy in Quebec, to highlight an investment of up to $758,243, which supported the development of a cooperative agricultural biomethanizer plant. The plant brings together a dozen farmers from the Arthabaska MRC who produce renewable natural gas from slurry and dairy cattle manure mixed with residual organic matter from surrounding farm businesses. For more information, click here.

July 13 – Minister Bibeau announces a reappointment to the Canada Agricultural Review Tribunal. The Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food announced the reappointment of Ms. Geneviève Parent as a member of the Canada Agricultural Review Tribunal for a three-year term, effective August 31, 2021. For more information, click here.

House of Commons and Senate Proceedings

The House of Commons has adjourned for the summer and will be back in session on September 20.

The Senate has adjourned for the summer and will be back in session on September 20.

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