Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada provides information, research and technology, and policies and programs to achieve an environmentally sustainable agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products sector, a competitive agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products sector that proactively manages risk, and an innovative agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products sector.
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) helps ensure the agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products industries can compete in domestic and international markets, deriving economic returns to the sector and the Canadian economy as a whole. Through its work, the Department strives to help the sector maximize its long-term profitability and competitiveness, while respecting the environment and the safety and security of Canada's food supply. The activities of the Department extend from the farmer to the consumer, from the farm to global markets, through all phases of producing, processing and marketing of agriculture and agri-food products.
AAFC also provides the overall leadership and coordination on federal rural policies and programs through Canada's Rural Partnership, and supports co-operatives to promote economic growth and social development of Canadian society.
AAFC also includes the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency, a special operating agency that regulates and supervises pari-mutuel betting on horse racing at racetracks across Canada.
In addition to AAFC, the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada has other organizations within his portfolio. The heads of each of these portfolio agencies are responsible for providing advice and guidance to the Minister. This includes issues related to food inspection, plant protection and animal health, the financing of farm operations, milk quotas and dairy pricing, the overall grain handling system and associated standards, and the marketing of poultry products. Please see the links on the right hand side of the page for more information.