In the budget, we announced a total of $3.9 billion in funding, with $2.4 billion in compensation for farmers in a number of supply-managed sectors. Support in the amount of $250 million had already been provided through investment programs. I became minister three months ago, just a few days before the budget was announced. As you are aware, I was already very familiar with the issues affecting supply-managed sectors, particularly the dairy industry, since my riding is home to many dairy farmers. I was therefore able to take over the file fairly quickly.
As for the approach, it comes down to examining what the working groups have come up with. In the reports they submitted to us, they measured the impact of the various trade agreements and specified which funding mechanisms they think would work best, as well as how long the mechanisms or compensation should be in place. It depends on the sector. The needs of the dairy sector aren't the same as those of the poultry or egg sector, for example. We've taken the time to thoroughly examine the work that's been done and the report findings.
On my end, I wanted to speak directly with industry representatives, so I organized a number of round tables and visited a number of farms. I needed to gauge the situation so I could make the best possible recommendations to cabinet and the Minister of Finance. Billions of dollars are being allocated, so it goes without saying that Treasury Board has a pivotal role to play. A well-designed and robust review mechanism is essential to make sure everything is done properly.