OTTAWA, ON, April 13, 2021 /CNW/ - Today, the Special Representative for the Prairies, the Honourable Jim Carr, announced details of two new programs designed to help drive innovation and market development for Canada's 4,800 chicken, turkey and egg farmers, including the nearly 1,000 such farmers in the Prairies. 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 (CPTPP).
The Poultry and Egg On-Farm Investment Program will provide close to $630 million over ten years to support poultry and egg farmers through on-farm investments, including up to $122.1 million for the Prairies. Producers will be entitled to an amount proportional to their quota holdings. Eligible projects are anything that helps a producer modernize, become more competitive and adapt to changing consumer preferences. This includes new barn construction or upgrading equipment like feeding, watering, lighting, ventilation, heating, and comfort systems that will promote energy efficiency and reduce environmental footprint. The Government of Canada will contribute up to 70% of the project cost, a ratio increasing to up to 85% for young farmers to help ensure a strong future for Canada's farms. The intake of applications for this program will launch later this spring.
Funding will be distributed starting in 2021-22, and will be allocated as follows:
$347.3 million for chicken producers, which industry estimates will total up to $60.7 million for the Prairies;
$59.6 million for turkey producers, which industry estimates will total up to $11.5 million for the Prairies;
$134 million for egg producers, which industry estimates will total up to $32.5 million for the Prairies; and,
$88.6 million for broiler hatching egg producers, which industry estimates will total up to $17.4 million for the Prairies.
The Market Development Program for Turkey and Chicken will provide $36.5 million for the Turkey Farmers of Canada and $25 million for the Chicken Farmers of Canada over ten years. This funding will help promotional activities that differentiate Canadian-made products' reputation for high-quality, safe and sustainably farmed food that adheres to strict animal welfare standards. Funding will be distributed to the national industry organizations, who will submit a multi-year strategy to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada for approval. The intake for applications from these organizations launches April 13, 2021.
"The federal government is committed to supporting Prairie farm families, so they can succeed today and for future generations. These two programs deliver on the promise our Government made for full and fair compensation and are designed in direct response to industry demands. These compensation packages were an important part of the historic trade deal we struck with our Pacific trading partners, that has already been hugely beneficial to our export reliant agricultural industries."
- The Honourable Jim Carr, Special Representative for the Prairies
The four supply-managed poultry and egg sectors (chicken, broiler hatching eggs, turkey, and eggs) generated $4.9 billion in farm cash receipts in 2020, 6.8 percent of all farm cash receipts in Canada. This includes $988.4 million in farm cash receipts for the Prairies. According to industry, Canada's poultry and egg sector supports more than 140,000 direct and indirect jobs.
The Government of Canada remains committed to engaging the sector on full and fair compensation for the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA).
As producers and processors depend on each other to be successful, the Government of Canada also remains committed to addressing the impacts of recent trade agreements on processors.
Minister Bibeau announces new programs that deliver full and fair compensation for chicken, turkey and egg farmers
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Poultry and Egg On-Farm Investment Program
Market Development Program for Turkey and Chicken
Dairy Direct Payment Program
SOURCE Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
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