Meetings of Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers of Agriculture
As agriculture is a shared federal-provincial-territorial responsibility in Canada, agriculture ministers from across the country typically meet face-to-face at least once each year to talk about issues facing the agriculture and agri-food sector, and to make decisions on how to address these issues. These meetings include a two-day annual conference, usually held in July, as well as one-day meetings as necessary.
Each year, the co-chair duties rotate between the provinces and territories. The provincial co-chair hosts the annual conference in their own province or territory, and co-chairs the other meetings that year with the federal minister of agriculture and agri-food. Ministers receive presentations from officials, discuss policy options, and make decisions that help build a stronger future for agriculture in Canada.
The annual conference usually concludes with a news conference or media availability. Ministers also issue a communiqué following each meeting that provides an overview of the topics they discussed and the key decisions they reached at the meeting.