Original language of petition: English
The Government of Canada supports a variety of agriculture and food production methods, all of which must meet the stringent food safety and environmental regulatory requirements set out by various federal and provincial departments and agencies, such as Health Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, and Environment and Climate Change Canada. This enables Canadian farmers to produce food that meets different consumer demands and utilize various farm production techniques. It also allows Canadian agriculture and agri-food producers to be competitive and economically viable while ensuring food safety, plant and animal health and welfare, and environmental sustainability.
Organic agriculture aligns with the Government of Canada's strategic priorities of sustainability and economic development. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), in partnership with national industry associations and other government departments, continues to work collaboratively to advance industry and government priorities, which include proactively looking at the following themes:
AAFC is committed to continue working with other government departments, provinces and territories, the organic industry, and key stakeholders to examine ways of capitalizing on opportunities and removing barriers to growth. AAFC is investing over $7.5 million in three key ongoing initiatives specific to the sector:
Through continued indutry engagement, programs, and services, AAFC will continue supporting national industry associations, as well as small- and medium-sized enterprises, to develop systems, standards, and tools that allow them to make credible, meaningful, and verifiable claims about their products. Supporting industry-led efforts to develop assurance systems that validate product claims, above and beyond regulatory requirements, provides greater consumer choice and strengthens confidence in the Canadian agriculture and agri-food supply chain.
The Government of Canada's process for acquisition of goods for Government buildings aims to get the best value for Canadians while enhancing access, competition, and fairness. The majority of contracts awarded to small and medium enterprises are done on a competitive basis, making it the most common process used by the Government. Food suppliers are encouraged to explore the process to become a Government supplier at the following website: https://buyandsell.gc.ca/for-businesses/selling-to-the-government-of-canada/the-procurement-process
Only validated signatures are counted towards the total number of signatures.
|Province / Territory||Signatures|
|Newfoundland and Labrador||1|
|Prince Edward Island||1|