Growing Forward 2: 2013-2018
Federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) Ministers of Agriculture have reached agreement on the five-year Growing Forward 2 policy framework. Governments will continue to deliver a complete and effective suite of business risk management (BRM) programs. New program parameters will be in place by April 1, 2013.
When natural disasters strike, there is often need for government assistance to help producers deal with the impacts and quickly resume operations.
What is AgriRecovery?
AgriRecovery is a disaster relief framework and is one of the components of the current suite of Business Risk Management (BRM) programs under Growing Forward.
AgriRecovery is a framework that allows federal, provincial and territorial governments to work together on a case-by-case basis to assess disasters (e.g., extreme weather, disease, pests, etc.) affecting Canadian farmers and respond with targeted, disaster-specific programming when assistance is needed beyond existing programs (AgriStability, AgriInvest, AgriInsurance, CFIA, etc.). The funding of initiatives implemented under AgriRecovery is cost-shared on a 60/40 basis with the affected province(s).
The aim of AgriRecovery is to provide affected producers with assistance to help them take action to mitigate the impacts of the disaster and/or resume business operations as quickly as possible following a disaster event.
When a regional disaster strikes, one or more affected provinces may request an AgriRecovery assessment of the situation/event. The assessment is conducted jointly by the federal and provincial governments to determine if assistance is needed through AgriRecovery.
The assessment process includes:
- Evaluating the consistency of the event with federal-provincial-territorial disaster criteria under the Framework.
- Undertaking the work (including meeting with impacted producers and farm organizations) to determine the impacts of the disaster and the needs of producers related to recovering from the disaster.
- Evaluating how existing programs (BRM and others) can help producers deal with the impacts and recover following a disaster.
Based on this assessment, governments decide whether further assistance is warranted under AgriRecovery to help affected producers mitigate the impacts of the disaster and resume business operations as quickly as possible. If so, they work together to develop and implement an AgriRecovery initiative which is targeted to the specific situation. Implementation includes an announcement of the details of the initiative, including, where applicable, how affected producers can apply.
Events which are cyclical, such as pricing cycles, or part of a long-term trend, such as a change in markets, would not be considered for AgriRecovery.
Further information can be found in the AgriRecovery Guide.
The following links go to news releases showing AgriRecovery at work:
- Ottawa, Ontario, December 14, 2012 - Governments of Canada and Ontario Deliver AgriRecovery Assistance to Affected Ontario Livestock Producers
- Quebec City, Quebec, December 6, 2012 - Governments of Canada and Quebec Deliver Assistance for Livestock Producers Affected by Drought
- Fredericton, New Brunswick, April 12, 2012 - Federal and provincial governments help potato producers
- Québec, October 20, 2011 - Federal-Provincial Assistance Program for Impacted Farm Businesses in the Richelieu Valley
- McTaggart, Saskatchewan, August 4, 2011 - Governments Support Farmers and Ranchers Affected by Excess Moisture
- Vancouver, British Columbia, July 12, 2011 - British Columbia Vegetable and Livestock Producers Receive Disaster Relief
- Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, February 22, 2011 - New Funding To Help Saskatchewan Livestock Producers Deal with Excess Moisture
- Grande Prairie, Alberta, February 21, 2011 - Governments Help Peace Region Livestock Producers Access Feed
- Winnipeg, Manitoba, December 17, 2010 - Manitoba Livestock Producers Receive Feed Assistance from Governments of Canada and Manitoba
- Ottawa, Ontario, August 25, 2010 - New Brunswick Potato Growers Receive Assistance for Storage Losses
- Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, July 8, 2010 - Governments Act to Help Prairie Farmers Restore Cropland
- Ottawa, Ontario, June 29, 2010 - Grey County Tree Fruit Growers Receive Assistance for Damaged Orchards
- Lloydminster, Alberta, May 31, 2010 - AgriRecovery aids livestock producers facing drought
- Ottawa, Ontario, March 6, 2009 - Governments Increase Funding For Water Projects In Southwest Saskatchewan
- Winnipeg, Manitoba, March 5, 2009 - Governments Deliver Urgent Help For Flooded Livestock Producers
- Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, October 1, 2008 - Disaster Assistance Approved for Potato Producers
- Ottawa, Ontario, September 5, 2008 - Manitoba Livestock Producers Affected By Severe Weather Receive Assistance
- Edmonton, Alberta, August 6, 2008 - Alberta Potato Growers Affected By Potato Cyst Nematode Receive Assistance
- Ottawa, Ontario, July 29, 2008 - British Columbia Livestock Producers Affected By Bovine Tuberculosis Receive Assistance
- Swift Current, Saskatchewan, June 14, 2008 - Federal Government To Help Saskatchewan Farmers and Ranchers Affected By Drought
- Ottawa, Ontario, February 19, 2008 - Government of Canada Improves Assistance to Golden Nematode Disaster Program
- Sussex, New Brunswick, February 19, 2008 - Government of Canada Helps rebuild New Brunswick Bee Industry