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Agriculture & Food

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Agricultural business

Liberal

  • Make Canada the world's second-largest exporter of agricultural products by 2025.
  • Merge existing financial and advisory services into Farm Credit Canada.
  • Increase Farm and Food Development Canada's capital lending capability to $5b/year.

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Canada Grain Act

Conservative

  • Modernize the Canada Grain Act and Canadian Grain Commission, with a focus on consultation with farmers.
  • Return $130 million in overcharged user fees from the CGC to farmers.
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Diversity of growers

Liberal

Facilitate intergenerational transfer of farms with tax measures.

NDP

Work with the provinces to improve training opportunities for young people and women, and provide low-cost start-up loans for new farmers.

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Farmer protections

Liberal

Lead a collaborative review of business rick management programmes with a special focus on Agri-Stability, and increase federal support to farmers to help them manage risks beyond their control.

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Food waste

NDP

Develop a national food waste strategy to reduce food that goes to waste.

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Green farming

Green

  • Establish emissions targets.
  • Fund research and support for farmers shifting to organic and regenerative farming systems.
  • Renew the Environmental Farm Plan Program to help farmers protect wildlife habitat, maintain water quality.
  • Improve soil quality.

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Indigenous food sovereignty

NDP

Work in partnership with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities to expand access to healthy food, including traditional and country foods.

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Locally-grown food

NDP

Work with producers along the supply chain to increase the amount of Canadian food that is sold, processed, and consumed in local and regional markets.

Green

  • Invest $2.5m/year into a land and quota trust program and farming apprenticeship programs to expand local small-scale agriculture.
  • Set targets for domestic production.
  • Rooftop gardens.
  • Re-establish infrastructure for local food production.
  • Preserve and record existing farmland.

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Mental health of growers

NDP

Bring together farmers and the provinces to develop a national strategy addressing mental health challenges facing farmers.

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Nutrition North

NDP

Reform the Nutrition North programme to improve food security for northern families.

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Payment protection for growers

NDP

Introduce a payment protection programme for produce growers and take immediate steps to restore protection for growers selling to the U.S. under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act.

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Supply management

Liberal

Defend supply management.

NDP

New Democrats are committed to fully protecting supply management and ensuring reciprocity in all trade negotiations, and supporting these sectors as they innovate and grow.

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Treatment of farm animals

Green

Adopt animal welfare legislation to prevent inhumane treatment of farm animals.

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Youth nutrition

NDP

Work towards a national school nutrition programme to give children access to healthy food and food literacy skills.

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