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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, 20 January 2022

Government Announcements

COVID-19 Financial support for farmers and food processors.

January 18 – Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan Announce Extension for Livestock Water Project Applications. The Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan are pleased to announce an extension to the Farm and Ranch Water Infrastructure Program (FRWIP) deadline for livestock producers planning to access the previously-announced temporary enhanced FRWIP funding. For more information, click here.

January 19 – Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan Invest $5 Million in Livestock Research

From: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food joined the Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister in announcing a total of $5.1 million in funding for new research projects in 2022 related to livestock and forage. This year’s funding will support 28 projects through the province’s Agriculture Development Fund. For more information, click here.

January 19 – Governments Increasing Veterinarian Capacity for Ontario Farms: $4 Million Investment to Help Farmers Access Veterinary Care. The governments of Canada and Ontario are investing up to $4 million dollars through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership to give farmers improved access to veterinary services when and where they need it. The Livestock Veterinary Innovation Initiative is a new, cost-share program that will increase the access options for veterinary care to better support animal health, the livestock agri-food sector and the strength of the province’s food supply. For more information, click here.

House of Commons and Senate Proceedings

The House of Commons has adjourned and will be back in session on January 31.

The Senate has adjourned and will be back in session on January 31.

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Government Announcements

COVID-19 Financial support for farmers and food processors.

January 7 – New Federal Ministerial Coordinating Committee on PEI Potatoes brings whole-of-government approach to help farmers affected by U.S. trade disruption. The Government of Canada is committed to restoring market access for PEI fresh potatoes to the United States and supporting PEI farmers impacted by trade disruptions. To that end, the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food announced the creation of the new Federal Ministerial Coordinating Committee on PEI Potatoes with the objective of enhancing coordination and collaboration across the federal government to respond to concerns and find solutions. For more information, click here.

January 7 – Helping sheep and goat farmers improve productivity and increase supply with a new genetic services system. The Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food announced an investment of $495,000 for the Canadian Centre for Swine Improvement (CCSI) to enable stakeholders to work together to increase innovation and resiliency in Canada’s sheep and goat industries. Through this investment, CCSI is collaborating with project partners on developing a Canada-wide integrated genetic services system to help sheep and goat farmers improve productivity and increase supply. For more information, click here.

January 11 – Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan invest $9 million in crop research. Canada’s Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and the Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister announced a total of $9.1 million in funding today for new crop-related research projects in 2022. This year’s funding will support 55 crop-related projects in Saskatchewan through the province’s Agriculture Development Fund. For more information, click here.

House of Commons and Senate Proceedings

The House of Commons has adjourned and will be back in session on January 31.

The Senate has adjourned and will be back in session on January 31.

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