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Agriculture committee  When we look at BRM, one of the most noteworthy concerns we have is that, as it currently stands, around 31% of Canadian farmers are in AgriStability. That speaks to the number of farmers who are currently lacking in trust in the sufficiency of that program to respond to the risk

May 8th, 2020Committee meeting

Scott Ross

Agriculture committee  It was $1 billion, yes.

May 8th, 2020Committee meeting

Scott Ross

Agriculture committee  I can speak to that. With AgriStability, because it's demand-driven, it's quite difficult to assess exactly what the cost would be, because as the situation evolves that would change. Certainly, those eight measures you referenced were identified about six weeks ago, and a lot

May 8th, 2020Committee meeting

Scott Ross

Agriculture committee  I would just speak to what Mary said. We understand that there's still a lot of uncertainty in front of grain farmers, moving forward. From our understanding, things are moving reasonably well in that sector currently. However, as you know, things can evolve quite quickly. I thin

May 8th, 2020Committee meeting

Scott Ross

Agriculture committee  Yes. As it stands currently, as a national organization we certainly aren't the ones having those direct engagements with the provincial governments. However, we have encouraged our members to look at that wage top-up as a real opportunity for an incentive there, and to have disc

May 8th, 2020Committee meeting

Scott Ross

Agriculture committee  I am, thank you.

May 8th, 2020Committee meeting

Scott Ross

Industry committee  Yes. Just building on those comments, I think we've heard time and again that recruitment is a real challenge in the current environment. There is the need for a financial incentive to help bring Canadians out to these jobs, and assistance with the costs associated with training

May 4th, 2020Committee meeting

Scott Ross

Industry committee  I'd just like to follow up on Mr. Currie's response, if I could, for moment and just stress that the asks you're hearing coming from the cattle sector, for example, are the kinds of programming that we factored into the calculation of that number. That $2.6-billion emergency fu

May 4th, 2020Committee meeting

Scott Ross

Industry committee  I don't have that offhand. I know it varies from region to region to some extent, and there were considerable unharvested products across much of western Canada last year, but I don't have specific stats on hand. I can certainly get that to you.

May 4th, 2020Committee meeting

Scott Ross

Industry committee  Just to add to Keith's remarks, I want to highlight—

May 4th, 2020Committee meeting

Scott Ross

Industry committee  —that one of the core elements that the CFA has highlighted as a concern is the need for immediate funding of $2.6 billion. That's in recognition of a whole series of identified—

May 4th, 2020Committee meeting

Scott Ross

Finance committee  I haven't heard that specifically, but I can speak to the importance of sole proprietorships, joint partnerships and use of dividends as ways of compensating farm owners and operators. They all seem to preclude a lot of agricultural operations from being able to access the CEBA.

April 17th, 2020Committee meeting

Scott Ross

Finance committee  Yes, sure, Mary. What we have heard on the Canada summer jobs program is that agricultural employers, as essential industries, can still access and apply, at this date, for the Canada summer jobs program. One of the challenges we've heard identified, however, is that no new f

April 17th, 2020Committee meeting

Scott Ross

Finance committee  Yes, sir. I think Mary covered it very well. I think the urgency of the BRM program enhancement speaks directly to the fact that farmers are making plans and decisions right as we speak. Those tools are needed to provide them with confidence so that we don't see those shortages

April 17th, 2020Committee meeting

Scott Ross

Agriculture committee  It would just depend on the nature of the tools ultimately developed, so we wouldn't at this time be able to provide an estimate of the cost.

March 10th, 2020Committee meeting

Scott Ross