Competitive. Innovative. Resilient.
The Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (Sustainable CAP) is a new $3.5-billion, 5-year agreement (April 1, 2023 to March 31, 2028), between the federal, provincial and territorial governments to strengthen the competitiveness, innovation, and resiliency of the agriculture, agri‐food and agri‐based products sector. The agreement includes $1 billion in federal programs and activities and $2.5 billion in cost-shared programs and activities funded by federal, provincial and territorial governments.
Canada's ambitious path forward
Sustainable CAP marks an ambitious path forward and positions Canada's agriculture and agri-food sector for continued success as a world leader in economically, environmentally and socially sustainable agriculture.
Sustainable CAP focuses on the 5 key priority areas agreed to in The Guelph Statement:
- Building sector capacity, growth and competitiveness
- Climate change and environment
- Science, research and innovation
- Market development and trade
- Resiliency and public trust
Sustainable CAP includes $500 million in new funds, which is a 25% increase in cost-shared funding from the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, (ending March 31, 2023).
Sustainable CAP provides strong support for science, research and innovation to:
- address challenges
- seize new opportunities
- open new markets
- strengthen the resiliency of the sector
Federally funded programs
Key areas and programs support sector growth:
Growing trade and expanding markets
- AgriMarketing Program
- Helps industry expand exports and seize new market opportunities
- AgriCompetitiveness Program
- Helps industry share information with producers to build capacity and support the sector
Innovative and sustainable growth of the sector
- AgriInnovate Program
- Supports commercialization, demonstration and adoption of innovative technologies and processes
- AgriScience Program
- Accelerates the pace of innovation by providing funding and support for pre-commercial science activities and research that benefits the agriculture and agri-food sector and Canadians
Supporting diversity and a dynamic, evolving sector
- AgriDiversity Program
- Helps underrepresented groups participate in the sector
- AgriAssurance Program
- Helps foster public trust about the safety of Canadian agri-food products, and how they are produced
Cost-shared programs by federal, provincial and territorial governments
The Sustainable CAP invests $2.5 billion to support region-specific agriculture programs and services that are tailored to meet regional needs. These programs are cost-shared between the federal and provincial/territorial governments with the federal government contributing 60% of the costs of the program and the provincial/territorial government contributing 40%.
The programs are developed and delivered by the provinces and territories. The programs' parameters and priorities are jointly defined by federal, provincial and territorial governments.
Resilient Agricultural Landscape Program
Sustainable CAP introduces the Resilient Agricultural Landscape Program, a $250-million cost-shared program to help producers conserve and enhance the resiliency of agricultural landscapes. This new program will use an ecological goods and services payment approach to support on-farm adoption and will complement other programs, such as the Agricultural Climate Solution On-Farm Climate Action Fund, to address climate change.
To best support producers with on-farm adoption of beneficial practices while reflecting local conditions and regional needs, the program will be designed and delivered by provinces and territories.
Visit your province or territory website for more information about regional programs and services.
- British Columbia
- New Brunswick
- Newfoundland and Labrador
- Nova Scotia
- Prince Edward Island
- Northwest Territories
Business risk management programs
Under the Sustainable CAP, business risk management programs will continue to help producers manage significant risks that threaten the viability of their farm and are beyond their capacity to manage. Federal and provincial/territorial governments share costs of business risk management programs.
- Provides support when producers experience a large margin decline
- Provides cash flow to help producers manage income declines
- Offers cost-shared insurance against natural hazards to reduce the financial impact of production or asset losses
- A disaster relief framework to help producers recover from natural disaster events
Find out more about business risk management programs
- Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership — Consultations
- Meetings of federal, provincial and territorial ministers of agriculture
- The Guelph Statement
- Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership launches April 1, 2023 (March 31, 2023)
- Government of Canada opens applications for federal programs under Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (March 6, 2023)
- Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers of Agriculture reach a new partnership agreement and inject new funds to support the sector -Canada.ca (July 22, 2022)