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June 10th, 2020Committee meeting

Chris Forbes

Agriculture committee  We'll try to keep the criteria flexible. As I said, the $50 million investment has two purposes. The first purpose is to help producers who have surplus products. The second purpose is to make sure that the products reach the consumers or the food banks that need them. We'll try

June 10th, 2020Committee meeting

Chris Forbes

Agriculture committee  Thank you.

June 10th, 2020Committee meeting

Chris Forbes

Agriculture committee  I'm happy to provide updates. From our end, it's early for some of them. They'll roll out, obviously, even the ones that are launched. It takes time to take applications and so forth. I think we've already had a request from the Parliamentary Budget Officer for similar informati

June 10th, 2020Committee meeting

Chris Forbes

Agriculture committee  It's absolutely not affecting the research agenda or staff in any way. The goal in these extraordinary times was to look at, for example, travel budgets and international conferences. Nobody is going to them. Otherwise, some of our research has been slowed down because of respect

June 10th, 2020Committee meeting

Chris Forbes

Agriculture committee  There are some for sure. When we looked at this situation, we saw that we still have flexibility within our budget to make sure that those can happen. This was spending on stuff that we didn't think we would otherwise be able to support. Quite honestly, we did not want to lapse t

June 10th, 2020Committee meeting

Chris Forbes

Agriculture committee  I'm sorry, but that cut out for me in the middle. I apologize. I got part of it, but not all of it.

June 10th, 2020Committee meeting

Chris Forbes

Agriculture committee  In Canada, there are a couple of things that we've done. We obviously have in place a BRM suite. The minister went through that, including AgriStability, which has what I would call a counter-cyclical aspect, in the sense that if it's a difficult year, payments would go up. It's

June 10th, 2020Committee meeting

Chris Forbes

Agriculture committee  I think there are a couple of things. In discussion with the provinces and with stakeholders, we're already seeing some innovation in how stakeholders are delivering products. Farmers' markets are a fine example, as some individual farms or farmers' markets have already gone onli

June 10th, 2020Committee meeting

Chris Forbes

Agriculture committee  That's largely the $5 billion that was announced in the early days, in late March. That's largely, I think, been subscribed. It's a lot of take-up across the sector for the deferral of existing credit. It's not adding new debt so much as giving farmers and food processors relief

June 10th, 2020Committee meeting

Chris Forbes

Agriculture committee  AgriInvest is one of our risk management programs. It was designed to respond to emergencies, difficult situations. As the minister said, along with AgriStability, it's one of the programs that meet needs in times of difficulty. The cost is shared with the provinces. These progra

June 10th, 2020Committee meeting

Chris Forbes

Agriculture committee  I'm a little surprised that people are finding the administrative burden heavy. We've really tried to streamline the process. We want producers to fill out an application form and to provide information about the types of expenses to check whether any expenses are eligible. We s

June 10th, 2020Committee meeting

Chris Forbes

Agriculture committee  Do you mean grain producers?

June 10th, 2020Committee meeting

Chris Forbes

Agriculture committee  No, because I'm not familiar with the 7% number, to be honest with you. I'd have to look at that.

June 10th, 2020Committee meeting

Chris Forbes

Agriculture committee  Again, that's why we have a range of operating expenses. I'd have to go back to see if we have them. In theory, there are obviously going to be a number that are going to be above and a number that are going to be below, right? There should be fewer as a straight average. There w

June 10th, 2020Committee meeting

Chris Forbes