News for Rural Communities

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  1. Food producers looking to expand their product line or improve their processing can access funding from the 2024-25 Value-Adding Equipment Program.
  2. The governments of Canada and Ontario are increasing funding to the Honey Bee Health Initiative by up to $1 million to help improve the resiliency and competitiveness of beekeeper operations in Ontario.
  3. During a three-day visit to Cape Breton that coincided with Atlantic Official Languages Week and Gaelic Nova Scotia Month, Darrell Samson, the Member of Parliament for Sackville—Preston—Chezzetcook and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Rural Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA, met with educators, arts administrators, and economic development leaders to discuss the region’s unique cultural heritage, as well as its competitive advantages, challenges, and plans for future growth.
  4. On May 17, 2024, the Government of Canada announced over $9.6 million in funding for 29 projects under the African Swine Fever Industry Preparedness Program (ASFIPP). The projects must be completed by March 31, 2025.
  5. The Government of Canada is protecting the resilience of Canada’s rural communities and the Canadian pork sector by supporting prevention and preparedness measures for African swine fever (ASF).
  6. Federal and provincial investments are helping to grow and strengthen PEI’s entrepreneurial ecosystem
  7. The Government of Canada is improving public transit in the Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine region and the communities of Métis-sur-Mer with a federal investment of $5,450,000. These funds will be used to purchase buses, vehicles, install charging stations and conduct a transit assessment.
  8. Today, the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and André Lamontagne, Quebec’s Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food issued the following statement regarding the Grocery Sector Code of Conduct:
  9. More than 175 projects approved for funding through the Grow Ontario Market Initiative
  10. Lunenburg County Wheels will expand their fleet by four vans after a combined investment of $432,000 from the federal and provincial governments.
  11. Today, federal Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Lawrence MacAulay and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister David Marit announced $5 million over 5 years for the Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute (PAMI).
  12. Today, as part of Canadian Innovation Week 2024, the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, announced the two grand prize winners of the Novel Technologies Streams for the Food Waste Reduction Challenge, Clean Works Inc. and Genecis Bioindustries Inc.
  13. Research activities are at the heart of innovation and progress, especially in agriculture, and can lead to long-term growth and success for the sector.
  14. Lloyd Longfield, Member of Parliament for Guelph, will announce new investments in Canadian field crop research to address climate change, advance economic growth and support resiliency of the sector.
  15. Canadian farmers produce a wide range of fruits, including apples and tender fruit like peaches, pears, and apricots, that contribute steadily to Canada’s economy—with most of Canada’s tender fruit and apples grown in Ontario.
  16. Vance Badawey, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport and Member of Parliament for Niagara Centre, and Chris Bittle, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Housing, Infrastructure and Communities and Member of Parliament for St. Catharines, on behalf of the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, will announce funding to help tender fruit producers reduce their environmental impact while staying competitive.
  17. Federal investment helps upgrade dock, power, and water services infrastructure in North Sydney
  18. Today, the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, announced the re-appointment of Jane Halford as Chairperson of Farm Credit Canada's (FCC) Board of Directors.
  19. Today, Canada’s Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay and Saskatchewan’s Minister of Agriculture David Marit announced $25 million to support 15 strategic research chairs at the University of Saskatchewan’s (USask) College of Agriculture and Bioresources through the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership.
  20. Today, Saskatchewan students pursuing a post-secondary education in agriculture were awarded scholarships from the federal and provincial governments.
  21. To mark Mental Health Week, the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, announced an investment of up to $1.08 million for the Canadian Centre for Agricultural Wellbeing (CCAW) through the AgriCompetitiveness Program, an initiative under the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership.
  22. The Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (Sustainable CAP) provides $9.25 million in support towards Yukon’s agriculture and agri-food sector development over 5 years (2023-2028).
  23. The Interlake Region of Manitoba will benefit from on-demand public transit with an investment of $97,971 from the federal government.
  24. Maple syrup is an iconic Canadian export, and people around the world enjoy Canada's delicious, top-quality maple products, with exports reaching $615 million last year.
  25. The governments of Canada and Manitoba are providing financial support to Manitoba's Livestock Predation Prevention Program which supports the adoption of pro-active, on-farm measures to deter predator attacks, federal Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister, the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay and Manitoba Agriculture Minister Ron Kostyshyn, announced today.
  26. The governments of Canada and Manitoba are providing financial support to Manitoba Pork’s Squeal on Pigs campaign, part of Manitoba’s commitment under the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (Sustainable CAP), federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, and provincial Minister of Agriculture, Ron Kostyshyn, announced today.
  27. Today, the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, announced the appointment of David Hunt as Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC).
  28. David Hunt has significant leadership experience over his 28-year career in the agriculture sector.
  29. Backgrounder: Decision by the independent Commission on the applicability of the environmental assessment for the Darlington New Nuclear Project to Ontario Power Generation’s selected reactor technology
  30. Today, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) announced the Commission’s decision that the existing environmental assessment (EA) for the Darlington New Nuclear Project (DNNP) is applicable to the reactor technology selected by Ontario Power Generation (OPG), the General Electric Hitachi BWRX300 reactor.
  31. Small Craft Harbours play a vital role in the economies of our coastal communities, as many depend on them as a major source of employment. Ensuring these harbours stay in good working condition helps ensure our coastal communities can continue to thrive.
  32. The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, will host an event at the University of Prince Edward Island’s Canadian Centre for Climate Change and Adaptation in St. Peter’s Bay where he will highlight new investments in the 2024 federal Budget to support student researchers.
  33. Rural communities across Saskatchewan will soon establish or expand their public transit offerings after a federal investment of $6.1 million.
  34. The federal government is investing $6,184,137 through the Rural Transit Solutions Fund to support 11 public transit projects across rural Saskatchewan.
  35. Today, Canada's Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister David Marit announced additional payments will be provided to eligible livestock producers already enrolled in the 2023 Canada-Saskatchewan Feed Program.
  36. Today, Élisabeth Brière, Member of Parliament for Sherbrooke and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and to the Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, on behalf of the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, announced the 5 projects that will receive up to $1 million in funding each under Phase 2 of the Innovative Solutions Canada (ISC) program – Challenge Stream. The announcement was made at Exonetik Inc., one of the Phase 2 winners.
  37. Innovative Solutions Canada (ISC) helps Canadian innovators who want to start, grow, and get to market by funding research and development, and testing prototypes in real-life settings.
  38. Élisabeth Brière, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health and Member of Parliament for Sherbrooke, on behalf of the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, will announce financial support for 5 projects as part of the Innovative Solutions Canada program to promote innovation in agriculture.
  39. The governments of Canada and Manitoba are providing financial support to the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair in Brandon, one of Manitoba's key cultural events, federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay and provincial Minister of Agriculture Ron Kostyshyn announced today.
  40. Today, the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, announced that the interest-free limit of the Advance Payments Program has been set at $250,000 for the 2024 program year.
  41. New Brunswick farmers have access to new resources to help them conserve and enhance the resiliency of their land.
  42. The governments of Canada and Manitoba are providing $16.3 million in grant funding under the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (Sustainable CAP) to support 101 projects under the Research and Innovation program over the next three years, federal Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay and Manitoba Agriculture Minister Ron Kostyshyn announced today.
  43. Community partners develop a sustainable program to attract year-round visitors
  44. Government of Canada investments support clean, inclusive and long-term economic growth
  45. The Government of Canada is investing over $4 million in 13 projects to help modernize businesses in Central P.E.I. The Province of P.E.I. is also contributing almost $500,000 toward 3 of the 13 projects.
  46. From farm to plate, through production, processing, distribution, retail, food service and at home, over half of Canada’s annual food supply is reportedly wasted or lost.
  47. Our search and rescue stations on the Great Lakes are open for the season. Remember that waterways remain very cold at this time of year and take much longer to warm up than the air. Make sure to be safe when out on the water.
  48. Investment in research is key to driving better outcomes for the agricultural sector and positioning Canada to seize the economic opportunities of a net-zero future.
  49. Building on a successful mission to Southeast Asia where he officially opened Canada’s first-ever trade office for agriculture and seafood in the Indo-Pacific region, the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, travelled to Boston, Massachusetts this week to attend Seafood Expo North America, the largest seafood trade exposition in North America.
  50. The Government of Canada announced over $2.83 million in funding for 8 projects under Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)’s AgriMarketing Program. Work on these projects started in 2023 and will run for 3 fiscal years until 2026. These projects are designed to facilitate the promotion and expansion of markets for Canadian seafood and fish.