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AIC’s Parliamentary Updates brings you weekly summaries and analysis of what’s happening on Parliament Hill that is relevant to the agriculture and agricultural research community.

Thursday, 11 April 2024

Government Announcements

April 5 – Government of Canada announces support for innovative solutions to address labour challenges in the agriculture and agri-food sector. The Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, announced the 5 projects that will receive up to $1 million in funding each under Phase 2 of the Innovative Solutions Canada (ISC) program – Challenge Stream.

Under the Canadian Meat Processing Technology Development Challenge, projects include:

  • Exonetik Inc. – Developing a low-cost, collaborative robot to help automate tasks
  • E.O.I Technologies Inc. – Developing sensors to collect data on fast moving conveyor systems

Under the Enhancing Automation in Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) Farming Challenge, projects include:

  • Exonetik Inc. – Developing a robotic arm to work alongside humans to harvest fruits and vegetables
  • Mycionics Inc. – Developing a robotic mushroom harvester, packer and harvester lift
  • Kinova Inc. – Developing a robotic arm to pick, harvest and de-leaf cucumbers and strawberries

For more information, click here.

April 8 – Top up on the way for eligible livestock producers through 2023 Canada-Saskatchewan Feed Program. Canada’s Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food announced additional payments will be provided to eligible livestock producers already enrolled in the 2023 Canada-Saskatchewan Feed Program. The Program, introduced on October 20, 2023, was put in place to help maintain the breeding herd in drought-impacted regions of the province. For more information, click here.

April 10 – Deep Space Food Challenge winner: Growing ideas on Earth to feed astronauts on the Moon. Following a three-year competition, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) announced Vancouver-based Ecoation Innovative Solutions Inc. (Ecoation) as the winner of the Deep Space Food Challenge. As the Canadian grand prize winner, Ecoation will receive $380,000 for their CANGrow Modular Indoor Food Production System, designed to operate in remote environments like outer space and northern regions. For more information, click here.

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Government Announcements

March 22 – New program to benefit agricultural lands. New Brunswick farmers have access to new resources to help them conserve and enhance the resiliency of their land. The Resilient Agricultural Landscape Program encourages farmers to accelerate the adoption of land use and management practices. The program provides financial support to agricultural producers for the maintenance and provision of healthy soils and water resources, wildlife habitat and biodiversity, and for adapting to the effects of climate change – all of which promotes healthy, functioning ecosystems. For more information, click here.

March 22 – Supporting research and innovation in agriculture, with funding for 101 new projects. The governments of Canada and Manitoba are providing $16.3 million in grant funding to support 101 projects under the Research and Innovation program over the next three years. The funding will go towards research and capacity building to accelerate innovation in agriculture in Manitoba, supporting companies that are leading innovative research and putting Manitoba at the forefront of sustainable agriculture research. For more information, click here.

March 25 – Minister MacAulay raises interest-free limit of the Advance Payments Program to $250,000 for 2024. The Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food announced that the interest-free limit of the Advance Payments Program has been set at $250,000 for the 2024 program year. This is the portion of advances on which the Government of Canada pays the interest on behalf of producers. For more information, click here.

March 27 – Governments of Canada and Manitoba celebrate agriculture by supporting Royal Manitoba Winter Fair. The governments of Canada and Manitoba are providing financial support to the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair in Brandon, one of Manitoba’s key cultural events. The sponsorship supports agriculture as the backbone of the provincial economy as a leader in innovation, research, and job creation. For more information, click here.

House of Commons and Senate Proceedings

Mr. Mark Gerretsen (Kingston and the Islands, Lib.) continues to ask for prioritization for funding for a national school food program through budget 2024 for implementation of schools by the fall of 2024.

Hon. Donald Neil Plett (Leader of the Opposition) and Hon. Ya’ara Saks, P.C., M.P., Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, discuss mental health support for farmers.

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