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Growing ag competitiveness and innovation

CFIB recently provided your views to federal and provincial governments as they develop the next agricultural policy framework (NPF), which will come into effect on April 1, 2018.  Our report, Growing Ag Competitiveness and Innovation, outlines new key findings based on a survey sent to our 7,200 farm members, highlighting their priorities for government action for the NPF. 

CFIB’s report, Growing Ag Competitiveness & Innovation, was sent to the Federal Government’s NPF consultation. We urged the government to address our farm members’ top priority – red tape reduction; as well as reduce the overall tax burden on Canadian agri-businesses, continue to improve market access, increase focus on R&D and innovation, design more responsive BRMs, champion the Ag sector, and debunk the public’s misconceptions about the sector.

In our report you will find many compelling new survey findings, including:

  • An overview of the Canadian Ag landscape, including compelling findings that 69% of Canada’s agri-business owners believe the future of Canadian agriculture is strong.
  • 84% of CFIB farm members don’t believe policy makers understand the realities of farming
  • Farmers say the current policy framework (Growing Forward 2) is ineffective (46%).
  • A full listing of farmers’ top priorities for the NPF:
    • Red tape reduction – 75%
    • Market access & development – 46%
    • Research & innovation – 44%
    • Business risk management – 38%
    • Public trust – 34%

Farmers’ top priority is red tape reduction; we’re disappointed this focus area isn’t on the government’s list of priorities for the NPF (the Calgary Statement).

Next Steps: We will continue working with federal and provincial agriculture officials to ensure our agri-business members’ number one issue is heard!

If you have any questions on this or any other Ag-related issues, we encourage you to call CFIB’s Business Resources at 1-888-234-2232 or email [email protected].

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