About the Canadian Agricultural Partnership

For nearly 20 years, federal/provincial/territorial (FPT) governments have used agriculture policy frameworks to ensure a collaborative approach that encourages investment, adaptation and sustainable growth in the sector. 

The Canadian Agricultural Partnership was the fourth FPT Framework Agreement on Agriculture, Agri-Food and Agri-based Product Policy, which replaced Growing Forward 2. Effective April 1, 2018 until March 31, 2023, the Canada and Manitoba governments committed to investing up to of $176 million in Manitoba's agriculture industry over the five year term of the program. 

This investment was cost shared, with 60 per cent of funding provided by the federal government and 40 per cent by the provinces and territories. The provinces and territories deliver the partnership’s programs to ensure they meet regional needs.  The priorities of the Partnership support activity for a sustainable, profitable, competitive and innovative agriculture, agri-food and agri-product sector. It provided a continuation of strategic initiatives to support sustainable growth of the industry and business risk management programs that help producers effectively manage risk events.

The Canadian Agricultural Partnership was based on the six priority areas FPT ministers agreed upon in July 2016. The six priority areas include:

  • markets and trade
  • science, research and innovation
  • risk management
  • environmental sustainability and climate change
  • value-added agriculture and agri-food processing
  • public trust

In Manitoba, the Canadian Agricultural Partnership featured:

  • one program called Ag Action Manitoba, which is segmented into four client groups: farmers; agri-processors; industry organizations; and researchers and industry service providers
  • greater investment into research and innovation to build a robust research capacity that incorporates platforms, projects and knowledge transfer on focus areas that are important for Manitoba

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