Canola is the #1 source of farm revenue for Canadian farmers, earning $12 billion in farm cash receipts in 2021.
Farmers prosper when there are adequately funded programs to help manage uncontrollable risks, giving them the confidence to invest in their operations.
Growth opportunity: Improve Business Risk Management programming to be more predictable, timely, and responsive to the farmers’ needs.
From extreme weather to international trade restrictions and rail disruptions, canola farmers face increased volatility and uncertainty. They rely on the suite of Business Risk Management (BRM) programs to help manage risks beyond their control. Improvements are needed to better respond to the risks of modern farming, which will help position farmers with economic stability for their rural economies and sustain the agricultural sector as a driver of the Canadian economy.
Farmers and their represented associations need to be engaged early and often on programming changes to ensure these critical tools remain relevant and effective. Any changes should align exclusively with the core objective of the suite of programs: to provide producers with tools to protect against income and production losses that threaten the viability of farms.
Farmers prosper when there is a robust regulatory environment that encourages innovation and boosts competitiveness.
Growth opportunity: Resource and enable federal regulatory bodies to make efficient, science-based decisions that help farmers stay competitive and sustainable with the most up-to-date crop protection products and seed varieties. Modernize Canada’s grain quality assurance framework.
Canola is a hallmark “Made in Canada” success story, first developed by Canadian scientists in the 1970s. Over five decades, the canola industry was built from a foundation of innovation, industry-government partnership, and a science-based regulatory process. Access to innovation, including no-tillage cropping systems, precision agriculture technologies, and plant breeding innovation, is more important than ever, allowing farmers to increase production to meet growing demand while providing solutions to our food system and sustainability challenges.
Regulations and government-led initiatives, such as the Pest Management Regulatory Agency’s (PMRA) Transformation Agenda, must be grounded in science-based decisionmaking that does not unnecessarily stifle access to new products. Access to the latest innovations will drive our success in meeting canola’s sustainability targets and Canada’s climate change goals while improving yields, increasing our competitiveness at home and in a global marketplace, and further contributing to Canada’s economic growth. Additionally, farmers need a modernized Canada Grain Act and Canadian Grain Commission that better align with the needs of farmers now and into the future as innovations evolve, and markets and demand change for their product.
*Sourced from Statistics Canada, August 2022
Farmers prosper when there is a reliable transportation network to ship their product.
Growth opportunity: Increase transparency and confidence in Canada’s railways and invest in adaptable and resilient transportation infrastructure.
Over 90% of canola grown in Canada is exported to customers all over the world, and rail is the only practical means to move from the areas of production to port. Canola seed and processed oil and meal products are all grain commodities that require transportation in bulk volumes – there are no other practical options.
The industry relies on efficient, predictable, and timely rail service, as do export customers who need to know that they can trust Canadian canola to arrive as expected. When railways can’t deliver on service or transportation is otherwise halted, farmers and customers are directly affected. The grain supply chain is a complex system that requires the right grain, in the right place, at the right time to ensure timely loading of vessels at port and contracts with global customers are fulfilled.
Timely data and transparency are key components to ensure we achieve this. CCGA is a founding partner of the Ag Transport Coalition (ATC). Created in 2013, the ATC produces weekly performance measurement reports tracking railway service to grain shippers. More information can be found at agtransportcoalition.com. In 2022-23, CCGA and other partners in the grain sector are calling for greater transparency and assurance from Canada’s railways on how they will move this year’s harvest. More information can be found at canadasready.ca.
For the long-term, transportation corridors need considerable investment to be upgraded to handle not simply the goods of today, but increased volumes of the future as Canada works to diversify its trade flows. The federal government must make further, long-term commitments to infrastructure improvements that will help facilitate exports, especially through the Western corridor to supply growing Asian markets. Infrastructure investments are key to ensuring Canada’s competitiveness and resiliency to natural disasters that impact the supply chain.
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Since 1984, Canadian Canola Growers Association has been at the forefront of driving change for canola farmers, representing their interests on national and international agricultural issues, programs and policies. The association has been an administrator of the Advance Payments Program for more than 35 years, providing cash advances to help farmers better market their crops and finance their operations. The Advance Payments Program is a federal loan program administered by CCGA. It offers Canadian farmers marketing flexibility through interest-free and low-interest cash advances.
CCGA is governed by 10 farmer directors who represent Canada’s provincial canola associations.