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Agriculture committee  Are they in the budget somewhere?

November 26th, 2020Committee meeting

Chris Forbes

Agriculture committee  This is a $200 million increase for the current fiscal year. It helped the commission manage the imbalances that occurred in the system last spring. As you know, a milk surplus was generated when the restaurant and hotel sectors suddenly had to suspend their operations. We theref

November 26th, 2020Committee meeting

Chris Forbes

Agriculture committee  I'll let Ms. Walker answer that question.

November 26th, 2020Committee meeting

Chris Forbes

Agriculture committee  I would just add that, as Colleen said, there is quite a close connection between the agency, the department and our provincial and territorial counterparts and industry as well, through the value chain there. Obviously part of that would be the programming, the types of supports

November 26th, 2020Committee meeting

Chris Forbes

Agriculture committee  There are a couple of things I'll say. Colleen may want to add things from CFIA's standpoint. We do, as you allude to, work very closely with Global Affairs Canada, with our missions in the jurisdiction in question, whether that's in Brussels or in parts of Europe and Asia, and

November 26th, 2020Committee meeting

Chris Forbes

Agriculture committee  I'll ask Ms. Walker to confirm that it's indeed in the document. It's the first phase of the challenge that we launched. We're trying to find innovative solutions to waste problems and are inviting people with an entrepreneurial bent to suggest innovative solutions to the bigges

November 26th, 2020Committee meeting

Chris Forbes

Agriculture committee  Yes. As you say, you should really put that question to my colleagues at the Department of Finance..

November 26th, 2020Committee meeting

Chris Forbes

Agriculture committee  I was reflecting in the time between, and we have not heard about that, Mr. MacGregor. I'd be really happy just to suggest that you might want to direct them to engage with us. The excise tax, as you say, is not our responsibility, but we'd be happy to talk to them about the situ

November 26th, 2020Committee meeting

Chris Forbes

Agriculture committee  I'd say we are about a year and a half or less into the fund being launched, so it's probably a bit early to declare success or any outcome, other than that it has obviously been quite popular. I think we see it as a very strong program to build local food systems. In the approac

November 26th, 2020Committee meeting

Chris Forbes

Agriculture committee  Our initial funding was for a five-year period and it was launched last year, so I'd say we still have a bit more time. Obviously with COVID, we've had a few changes in how our funding has been disbursed, but I wouldn't expect to necessarily have that review completed in the next

November 26th, 2020Committee meeting

Chris Forbes

Agriculture committee  Colleen, would you like to talk a bit about the prevention efforts with CFIA and CBSA? If it's okay, Ms. Rood, I'll then answer about what we would do if.... We can kind of split it. I'll let Colleen start.

November 26th, 2020Committee meeting

Chris Forbes

Agriculture committee  Certainly, when it comes to direct payments to producers, those would go without strings, to be clear, as the payments did last year or the beginning of this current year. We can certainly, with investment programs...not necessarily the compensation package, but through other pro

November 26th, 2020Committee meeting

Chris Forbes

Agriculture committee  I'd be more inclined to say that, in the event of an emergency, we can always look at other options internally or request new funding to respond to it. That's more general.

November 26th, 2020Committee meeting

Chris Forbes

Agriculture committee  I think the minister said she was in the process of determining whether additional funding could be obtained. We're also working closely with our provincial counterparts. Under the Canadian agricultural partnership, the provinces receive nearly $200 million a year in federal fun

November 26th, 2020Committee meeting

Chris Forbes

Agriculture committee  Pardon me, my connection was cut off. What program are you talking about?

November 26th, 2020Committee meeting

Chris Forbes