Thank you, Mr. Chair.
We are here today to discuss the second round of supplementary estimates for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Our investments under supplementary estimates (B) are one more proof that our government is taking action to help farmers and food processors, who have faced many challenges over the past year.
To name a few, there was the pandemic, the invasion of Ukraine and significant weather disasters such as the floods in British Columbia. All of these have been in the context of high input costs. There were also plant and animal health issues, such as the avian influenza and potato wart. The government continues to work with producers and processors to advance on mutually shared priorities like competitiveness, food security and sustainability.
Supplementary estimates (B) total $258.5 million, which brings AAFC's total budget to almost $3.4 billion. Clearly, Mr. Chair, we are there to support the livelihood of our farmers and food processors and we are taking concrete action to respond to their needs. To point to a few highlights, the estimates are helping B.C. farmers who were impacted by the devastating floods. That includes $108 million for 2022-23 to help producers cover the costs of the cleanup of agricultural lands and buildings, repairs of structures and equipment, and extra transport costs to protect livestock, agricultural inputs and so on.
I was able to visit affected producers and I can tell you that our assistance was necessary during such a difficult time.
As well, the estimates allocate $33 million for our wine sector. This will give wineries the tools they need to stay innovative and competitive.
Other investments under our estimates are helping farmers to adapt and strengthen their resilience to climate change. That includes an extra $48.1 million for the on-farm climate action fund and the agricultural clean technology program. These two programs are game-changers, helping thousands of producers make investments in their operation to increase their competitiveness and sustainability.
In addition to helping our farmers deal with the challenges they have encountered this year, we have helped various industries, in particular supply-managed industries, to adapt to changes in the trade environment.
In the 2022 fall economic statement, the government announced that it would be injecting an additional $1.7 billion in compensation for the impact of CUSMA, the Canada—United States—Mexico Agreement. That includes $300 million for a new investment and innovation fund that will add value to the surplus of non-fat solids, a by-product of milk processing.
The new funds will therefore bring total investments to be paid by our government to supply-managed sectors for the three trade agreements—CUSMA, the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership—to $4.8 billion. A promise is a promise, and this promise has been kept.
Recently, with respect to export-oriented industries, when the Prime Minister participated in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, he announced new investments to support trade in the Indo-Pacific region, a market that has a lot of potential for Canada. The investments include $31.8 million to establish the first Canada Agriculture and Agri-food office in the region, to support Canadian food exports. The world is changing and evolving, and Canada must continue to diversify its foreign markets.
To sum up, we will spare no effort to support our agricultural producers and our food processing enterprises. We are here to help them recover from natural disasters and health challenges, prosper in a volatile environment, and make the transition to even more sustainable agriculture in the future.
I look forward to your questions this evening.