Canadian Canola Growers Association

Agriculture Growth Act Includes Benefits for Farmers

December 20, 2013CCGA Press Release

​​​​​​​​​​​Winnipeg, MB  --  Bill C-18 the Agricultural Growth Act was recently introduced into Parliament.  The bill amends nine separate pieces of agriculture-related legislation including those affecting seeds, fertilizers, feeds, cash advances and more.

“We’ve taken some time to study the changes proposed in the Agriculture Growth Act,” says Rick White, General Manager of the Canadian Canola Growers Association (CCGA). “We welcome opportunities taken by the government to streamline regulatory processes affecting farmers and the agriculture industry more broadly.” 

The legislative changes contained in Bill C-18 are intended to foster innovation in agriculture, simplify government regulatory process to allow for more efficient operation of agricultural businesses and enhance Canada’s international competitiveness.

When it comes to changes proposed to the Agriculture Marketing Programs Act, White says, “Farmers will benefit from a more valuable and responsive Advance Payments Program.”

A number of other amendments contained in Bill C-18 help position Canadian agriculture as a global innovator.  “Actions taken by the government to enhance crop input innovations are good for Canadian agriculture and for farmers,” says White.  CCGA will continue to follow the legislative process on Bill C-18, and participate actively throughout the consultation process.

CCGA represents more than 43,000 canola farmers on national and international issues, policies and programs that impact farm profitability. 


Kelly Green
Director, Communications
t: 204.789.8821