Representatives from the United Farmers of Alberta (UFA) Government Relations team participated in the Agriculture Industry Consultations for the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) on January 29 in Edmonton and on February 6 in Lethbridge, 2018. Alberta is now in the negotiation phase for the Canadian Agricultural Partnership which will invest in Alberta's agriculture industry over a five year period from April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2023 and replaces the current national five-year agricultural policy framework known as Growing Forward 2 (GF2) that expires March 31, 2018. With a $3 billion investment over five years, CAP will strengthen the Canadian agriculture, agrifood and agri-based products sectors.
To ensure industry, stakeholders and the public have an opportunity to guide what CAP looks like in Alberta, two rounds of consultation and dialogue were planned during the development timeline of CAP. The first round took place in the Spring of 2017 and the second round is underway. The current round is focusing on sourcing expertise from groups like UFA and obtaining our input on what the suite of CAP-funded programs in Alberta should look like.
Key to the Canadian Agricultural Partnership is the Pan-Canadian Agricultural Policy Framework; a federal-provincial-territorial initiative that guides strategic programs that support the development of Alberta’s agriculture sector. Federal-provincial and territorial governments are currently working toward a new five-year Pan-Canadian Policy Framework, expected to be in place by the spring of 2018.