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Canada’s Ministers of Agriculture meet to drive a strong and innovative agriculture and agri-food sector

From: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

July 19, 2019 – Quebec City, Quebec

The Federal, Provincial, and Territorial (FPT) Ministers of Agriculture concluded their two-day annual meeting in Quebec City today, co-chaired by Marie-Claude Bibeau, federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, and André Lamontagne, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food for Quebec. The Ministers reiterated their commitment to help Canada’s agriculture and agri-food sector seize new opportunities, and tackle important challenges to ensure businesses prosper and create economic growth.

Given the critical importance of exports to Canadian farmers and processors, the Ministers were unanimous in their support of international trade that is based on trade rules and science. Ministers agreed to continue to work together to take advantage of new trade agreements with key markets. Ministers discussed the current trade challenges facing industry, particularly the canola, pork and beef sectors, as well as durum wheat, pulses and soy, and recognized the need for urgent resolution and to work with the sector to support industry’s sustainability, profitability and growth.

In support of Canada’s supply management system, Ministers reiterated the importance of providing compensation to the supply-managed sectors in a full and fair way in response to the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). The federal government is taking the appropriate steps to announce details as soon as possible, to ensure that these industries are well positioned to thrive.

The Ministers acknowledged that the growing shortage of labour makes it difficult for agricultural businesses to operate and expand, despite their recruitment activities. The Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) is a tool used by industry to access much needed labour resources. The Ministers reviewed sector concerns with the program and discussed the progress made. The Ministers emphasized the importance of finding solutions to immediate challenges agriculture and agri-food employers are encountering when recruiting workers through the TFWP, including challenges associated with administrative burden and processing delays. They look forward to continued engagement with Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) on short-term administrative changes to be implemented in a timely fashion. Provinces and territories affirmed the urgency of obtaining short-term administrative changes, acknowledging that labour is a multi-dimensional issue requiring action at all levels of government.

The Ministers underlined that business risk management programs are essential in helping farmers address risks, such as natural disasters, weather events, severe loss or market volatility, acknowledging program challenges raised by industry. The Ministers discussed adjustments that could improve existing programs to address the needs of producers and complement private sector tools. The Ministers directed officials to return with a set of proposed improvements to AgriStability for the Ministers’ consideration before year end. The Ministers committed to working with the industry to promote a modern and competitive sector. The collaboration depends heavily on the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, which is now in its second year and represents a five-year $3 billion investment by the governments to strengthen and grow Canada’s agriculture and agri-food sector. In 2018-2019, governments invested close to $346 million in FPT cost-shared programming and $79 million in federal programs to benefit the sector. The Ministers noted the significant progress made to date under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership and will begin work on the next policy framework.

The Ministers highlighted their commitment to building a diverse agriculture sector by encouraging the full participation of youth, women and Indigenous Peoples. The Ministers welcomed a panel of young farmers, who shared their views on a range of topics from technology, to business management, to mental health.

The Ministers agreed to continue collaborating with industry representatives on a pan-Canadian action plan and implementing the plan to help proactively mitigate the potential impacts of African swine fever (ASF). Continued efforts in preparedness planning, biosecurity for small-scale farms and the strategic management of wild pigs were part of the discussion. The Ministers heard an update on the Animal Health Canada initiative and agreed to continue this work.

The Ministers also recognized the need to reduce regulatory red tape, and to put in place effective and responsive regulations that support innovation, growth and competitiveness, and protect health and environment. They endorsed a set of regulatory guiding principles, and committed to continuing their focus on traceability and surveillance activities.

The Ministers agreed to build on the progress made at the meeting over the upcoming year. The next annual meeting of FPT Ministers is in Guelph, Ontario, in July 2020.


“The future is full of promise for Canada’s agriculture and agri-food industry. We have the competitive advantages to sustainably supply the Canadian market and the world’s growing population with our high-quality products. A strong federal-provincial-territorial partnership will help ensure Canadian farmers and food processors are well positioned to meet the important challenges and pursue opportunities for continued success at home and abroad.”

– The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

“The agri-food sector is booming, and we are responsible for ensuring that our farmers and food processors benefit from all of the opportunities it offers. This meeting gave me the opportunity to see that a number of other provinces are facing the same issues we are, to varying degrees. It was agreed that it is important to urgently restore access to all our pork and beef export markets and to work together to ensure the growth and prosperity of the sector. I also reiterated the importance of fully compensating supply-managed producers who made sacrifices leading to the signing of various trade agreements. Finally, the provinces and territories agreed that the federal government must urgently make the administrative changes requested in order to respond to the labour issues being faced by our businesses.”

– André Lamontagne, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food for Quebec.

Quick facts

  • Canada’s agriculture and agri-food industry is a key driver of economic growth. The agriculture and agri-food system contributes over $142 billion to Canada’s GDP annually and employed 2.3 million people in Canada in 2018. Consumers worldwide recognize Canada as a trusted and reliable supplier of safe, high-quality foods and products.
  • In February 2017, the Advisory Council on Economic Growth identified Canada’s agri-food sector as having great potential for the economic growth of our country.
  • Under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership’s AgriScience Program, 17 clusters were announced, including, for example, the Canadian Agricultural Automation Cluster, the Bioproducts Agri-Science Sector, and the Beef and Forage Science Cluster. Provinces and Territories have complementary science and innovation efforts across Canada.
  • Farm operators under 35 years of age accounted for an increasing share of total operators and their absolute numbers also rose—from 24,120 in 2011 to 24,850 in 2016. This was the first absolute increase in this category of operators since 1991. (2016 Census of Agriculture, Statistics Canada)

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Office of the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
Mobile: 613-404-1168

Media Relations
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Ottawa, Ontario

Laurence Voyzelle
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food for Quebec.


Kitigan Zibi man wins business competition with tea leaves – APTN News

July 18, 2019

Kayoki Whiteduck, the owner of Kayo-Tea, an organic tea company he grew from scratch, is hoping to expand after winning a competition.

Whiteduck recently won top prize in an Indigenous entrepreneurial competition called Pow-Wow Pitch.

“Then they select winners and I was fortunate to win the first place prize,” said Whiteduck.

The winning serves as a reminder he’s on the right path and the $5,000 that comes with it helps too.

Whiteduck has been tending to his three gardens which total about half a hectare for about five years and space is getting tight.

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The AFNQL Calls for Calm

Wendake, July 18, 2019 – The Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador (AFNQL) is concerned about the situation between the Mayor of the Municipality of Oka and the community of Kanehsatake. “The comments that are reported remind us of the slippages that only exacerbated the tensions between the Mohawk Nation and the Quebec population in the summer of 1990. At this time, it is irresponsible to raise the risk of another Oka Crisis” said Ghislain Picard, Chief of the AFNQL, who appealed for calm and asked all parties to give dialogue a chance.

The AFNQL welcomes the decision by Mr. Grégoire Gollin who, in a spirit of openness and reconciliation, agreed to cede part of the lands that were at the heart of the 1990 “Crisis”. Why condemn the decision of a person who, obviously, like the Mohawk Nation, has become exasperated at the political dead end allowing for a lasting resolution of the territorial litigation of the past three decades?

The AFNQL also wishes to acknowledge the openness of Grand Chief Serge Simon who invited the population of Oka to an information session so that they can be adequately informed of the issues facing the community of Kanehsatake. “In these circumstances, Grand Chief Simon’s opening gesture demonstrates his good faith and must be commended.Engaging the dialogue can certainly prevent the situation from deteriorating. It is about the harmonious relationship that everyone wants between neighbours living on the same territory”, concluded the Chief of the


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KRG: Very First Graduates of Childcare Management Training

July 18, 2019 – On June 29, 2019, 15 participants received attestations of college studies in Management of Childcare Centres. The graduates included eight childcare centre management employees and seven KRG Childcare Section staff members.

The new college program was launched by the KRG Childcare Section in February 2018 in close cooperation with the CEGEP Saint-Félicien. The community-based training program is designed to teach participants more about communications, leadership, the role of managers, and how to better express Inuit culture in a childcare centre setting. The program was delivered in several one-week sessions over a 17-month period.

Congratulations to (front row from left to right) Rhoda I. Fleming, Alasie Qaqutuq, Sandra Ann Shields, Jessica Emudluk, as well as (back row from left to right) Liza Cotnoir, Ruta Mangiuk, Selima Snowball, Annie Gordon, Jeannie Aragutak Mickpegak, Lizzie-Anne Esperon, Maryse Turcot, Ina Annanack, Louisa Inukpuk, Sally Nuktie and Julie-Ann Berthe.


KRG: Celebration of the 15th Anniversary of the parc national des Pingualuit

July 17, 2019- On July 11 2019, local residents of Kangiqsujuaq were given an amazing opportunity to visit the Pingualuit national park during its 15th anniversary.

Some Nunavik Parks officials arrived from Kuujjuaq to Kangiqsujuaq by an air charter plane. They were given a tour of the village and of the park’s Interpretation Center.

Organizers held an opening ceremony welcoming participants to the village. They opened the ceremony with a traditional qulliq often used for ceremonies and for welcoming people. They also talked about the Inuit tradition, which is very important to their culture. Later that morning, participants took a guided tour by plane of the Pingualuit Park to view the world-renowned crater, considered by many as an incredible site.

Participants took part in a presentation about how the park began. The community was at the forefront in requesting that the crater become a protected national park. It named the park using an Inuktitut term meaning ‘’looks like many lumps’’.

The park guides also explained the various activities that take place around the park such as kayaking, fishing and hiking. They are hoping to attract more tourists for these activities.


Nunavik singer-songwriter named to Polaris Prize shortlist – Nunatsiaq News

17 July, 2019

“This album has humbled me in many ways”

The Inuk singer-songwriter Elisapie has been named to the Polaris Prize shortlist for her album The Ballad of the Runaway Girl.

Elisapie, who is from Salluit, is one of 10 artists named to the 2019 Polaris Prize shortlist, announced July 16.

Her album was also nominated for the Juno Awards’ Indigenous Music Album of the Year earlier this year.

In a Facebook post, Elisapie said she heard the news about the shortlist while on tour in France.

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Transportation Safety Board of Canada releases 2018–19 Annual Report

Gatineau, Quebec, 17 July 2019 – Today, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada’s (TSB) Annual Report for 2018–19 was tabled in Parliament. The report discusses key annual statistics on occurrences in the aviation, marine, rail and pipeline modes of transportation under federal jurisdiction, and how the TSB worked to advance safety for travelers and industry workers in all four sectors across Canada and internationally.

“Advancing safety is all about change, and change is about finding ways to be more efficient as well as effective,” said TSB Chair Kathy Fox. “In pursuing this goal, the Board is grateful for the dedication and hard work of TSB staff and the contributions of stakeholders. The safety of Canadians everywhere, and the integrity of our infrastructure and environment, depend on it.”

Results for Canadians

The TSB’s ongoing efforts to modernize and streamline its investigation process continued to pay dividends in 2018-19.

  • The agency launched 76 investigations and published 78 investigation reports. The number of investigations completed increased for a second year in a row by 18% in 2018–19 and by 81% since 2016–17.
  • Average completion time for certain classes of investigations was reduced – by nearly three months for class 2 investigations, and by 43 days for class 3 investigations.
  • Since the introduction of limited scope investigations (class 4), 48 short reports were completed in less than 8 months each, on average.
  • In keeping with its commitment to keep the public informed on a timely and regular basis, the TSB provided 13 investigation updates on high-profile occurrences, and started posting status updates for all active class 1-3 investigations.
  • In addition, the agency processed 188 confidential reports submitted through its SECURITAS program. At the end of the year, 177 SECURITAS files had been closed and 11 remained open for further follow-up.

Watchlist 2018

In October 2018, the TSB released the fifth edition of the Watchlist as a call to action on seven persistent safety issues requiring government and industry attention. The Annual Report illustrates those issues and highlights some of the safety actions required to reduce the underlying risks. It also includes the links to various information and awareness products issued in support of Watchlist 2018.

Other safety communications

Apart from the Watchlist, the TSB issued 63 new safety communications in 2018-19, mostly directed to regulatory agencies and industry stakeholders. Those include 10 recommendations, 1 Board safety concern, 19 safety advisories and 33 safety information letters.

Throughout the year, the Board reassessed the progress achieved on a number of active recommendations. As a result:

  • By April 2019, 19 outstanding recommendations had been closed as Fully Satisfactory.
  • Since 1990, the Board has made 604 recommendations, the responses to 81.5% of which have led to a Fully Satisfactory assessment (up from almost 80% at the end of 2017-18).
  • Nonetheless, there were still 102 outstanding recommendations, 49 of which date from more than 10 years ago.

Outreach and parliamentary appearances

Throughout the year, TSB investigators, managers and Board members carried out 86 outreach activities across the country, in all four modes, to promote Watchlist 2018 and share safety messages and lessons learned from investigations. TSB senior officials appeared seven times before different parliamentary committees on matters related to transportation safety in Canada.

The Annual Report 2018–19, which is available on the TSB website, includes the list of all investigation reports released during the year with examples of safety actions taken.

The TSB is an independent agency that investigates air, marine, pipeline, and rail transportation occurrences. Its sole aim is the advancement of transportation safety. It is not the function of the Board to assign fault or determine civil or criminal liability.For more information, contact:
Transportation Safety Board of Canada
Media Relations
Telephone: 819-994-8053


‘I’m interested in engaging people’: Rebecca Belmore exhibit opens in Montreal – APTN News

July 15, 2019

The award winning artist Rebecca Belmore has a new exhibition in Montreal.

The Anishinaabe artist from Lac Seul in northern Ontario is presenting “Facing the Monumental at Montreal’s Contemporary Arts Museaum.

“I am the artist, that’s my role within our community,” Belmore told APTN News.

For Belmore, the ongoing violence against Indigenous people must be addressed – and her creations are meant to spark a reaction.

“I’m interested in engaging people emotionally so, I think I try to create work, or create space or place for people to feel something, to be affected by the work,” she said.

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More than $1.5 Million for Three Tourism Organizations and an Established Business in Nord-du-Québec

Government of Canada Supports Projects for Lettrage Waldi, Tourisme Baie-James, Eeyou Istchee Tourism, and Nibiischii Corporation

Chibougamau, Quebec, July 16, 2019 – Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED)

Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions will give a total of $1,515,000 in contributions to Lettrage Waldi and three tourism organizations. The funding was announced today by the Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Member of Parliament for Gaspésie–Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine and Minister of National Revenue. This Government of Canada support will help Lettrage Waldi and the recipient organizations meet the goals they have set for themselves, and their respective projects will generate more than $3 million in total investments in Nord-du-Québec.

In particular, this will help Tourisme Baie-James and Eeyou Istchee Tourism develop and improve their range of services and implement their respective marketing plans to attract people from outside Quebec and from abroad. CED’s support will also help Nibiischii Corporation conduct strategic and operational planning to develop the Albanel, Mistassini and Waconichi Lakes (AMW) Wildlife Sanctuary.

In business since 1971, Lettrage Waldi inc. will be able to put all operations under one roof by building a new plant. It can also boost performance by improving and diversifying its 3D sign-making capacity and its extensive line of visual solution products and services.

The Government of Canada is committed to developing close partnerships with Quebec businesses to help them innovate and be more productive and competitive. It also funds projects that benefit tourism and the local economy and promote our regional attractions beyond our borders.


“I am delighted with CED’s support for tourism organizations that promote the natural wonders of Nord-du-Québec, and for Lettrage Waldi, a local firm that wants to grow, develop, and become more productive. With these contributions, the Government of Canada is fulfilling its mandate to strengthen and revitalize regions, ensure the prosperity of Canada’s economy, and help businesses and organizations expand and diversify their tourism offerings.”

The Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue

“By helping businesses and organizations invest in infrastructure and equipment to make them more productive, or in strategies to market their tourism offer outside Quebec, the Government of Canada is fulfilling its key commitments. We are more determined than ever to promote expansion and innovation and to develop and showcase tourist attractions that define our regions—which, like Nord-du-Québec, abound with rich natural treasures.”

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister responsible for CED

Quick facts

  • Today’s announcement is made on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister responsible for the Innovation, Science and Economic Development portfolio, which comprises 17 federal departments and agencies including CED and the other five regional development agencies.
  • Funding for Tourisme Baie-James, Eeyou Istchee Tourism, and Nibiischii Corporation was awarded through CED’s Quebec Economic Development Program while the contribution to Lettrage Waldi came from Regional Economic Growth through Innovation (REGI).
  • REGI is for entrepreneurs who innovate to make their business grow and become more competitive. It is also for regional economic players that help create an entrepreneurial environment that supports innovation and growth for everyone in all regions.
  • To learn about CED and its priorities, see the 2019-20 Departmental Plan or visit

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Media advisory: Invitation to media – Press conference regarding CED support for one company and three organizations in Nord-du-Québec

Chibougamau, Quebec, July 15, 2019 – The Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue and Member of Parliament for Gaspésie–Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine, will announce financial support for Lettrage Waldi, Niibiischii Corporation, James Bay Tourism and Eeyou Istchee Tourism.

That announcement will be made on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED).

Press conference date:
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

10:00 a.m.

Lettrage Waldi
969, 3e rue
Chibougamau QC
G8P 1R4


Media Relations
Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions
Phone: 514-283-7443


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