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Thursday, 15 April 2021

Government Announcements

COVID-19 Financial support for farmers and food processors.

April 9 – Government of Canada investing over $6 million to help improve safety of agri-food workers in southwestern Ontario. On behalf of the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Parliamentary Secretary Neil Ellis and the Member of Parliament for Windsor–Tecumseh, Irek Kusmierczyk, highlighted support of up to $6.1 million through the Emergency Processing Fund (EPF) for 34 food processing companies in southwestern Ontario. EPF support is helping these businesses, including a large number of greenhouse growers, keep employees safe and the food supply chain running strong. For more information, click here.

April 13 – Minister Bibeau announces new programs that deliver full and fair compensation for chicken, turkey and egg farmers. The Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food announced details of two new programs designed to help drive innovation and market development for Canada’s 4,800 chicken, turkey and egg farmers. These programs, totaling more than $691 million over ten years, respond directly to requests from producer associations and provide full and fair compensation for market impacts from the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership. For more information, click here.

Backgrounder

House of Commons and Senate Proceedings

The Senate has adjourned until April 20, 2021.

Statements by Members

April 12 – MP Yves Perron (Berthier-Maskinongé, BQ) highlighted Young Farmers’ Day the previous Saturday and asked all parliamentarians to emonstrate that they are proud of our farmers and that they want to secure the future of our agricultural businesses.

Private Members’ Business

April 12 – During debate on Bill C-262, an act to amend the Income Tax Act (capture and utilization or storage of greenhouse gases), MP Warren Steinley (Regina-Lewvan, CPC) spoke to the innovation of stakeholders from the agriculture sector and cautioned against a prescriptive approach to greenhouse gas management.

Committees:

The House of Commons Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food considered a draft report for the study on processing capacity.

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Government Announcements

COVID-19 Financial support for farmers and food processors.

April 7 – Government of Canada supports Alberta agri-food sector with investment in BioNeutra. The Honourable Jim Carr, Special Representative for the Prairies, on behalf of the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD), announced a federal investment of $2,942,050 for Edmonton-based BioNeutra to further grow its product line of organic plant-based food ingredients for the global market. For more information, click here.

House of Commons and Senate Proceedings

The House of Commons has adjourned until April 12, 2021.

The Senate has adjourned until April 20, 2021.

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