Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership

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.

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Video Transcript

[Gentle guitar music begins]

[Three combine-harvesters driving in a row, harvesting a field of oats.]

Narrator: Teamwork is the spirit of Canadian agriculture.

[Cut to an aerial view of the three combine-harvesters.]

Narrator: And that's why federal, provincial and territorial governments have, once again, come together as a team.

[A rancher rides his horse, herding his beef cattle in a field.]

Text on screen: Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership

Narrator: They have created the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a new $3.5-billion five-year plan.

Text on screen: $3.5 billion

Narrator: This historic investment will strengthen and grow our farming and food industry.

[An aerial view of a huge, rooftop, greenhouse complex in the city of Montréal.]

[A montage of a worker, picking tomatoes inside a huge greenhouse complex.]

Narrator: Sustainable CAP will position Canada for continued success as a world leader in sustainable agriculture, economically, environmentally and socially.

[A combine-harvester harvests a field of canola.]

Text on screen: Priorities: Sector capacity, growth and competitiveness; Climate change and environment; Science, research and innovation; Market development and trade; Resiliency and public trust

Narrator: It advances our shared vision and priorities.

[A close up view of apples rotating on a conveyer belt in an apple processing plant.]

Text on screen: Competitive

Narrator: It helps our producers and food processors to remain competitive and opens new markets to Canadian agricultural products.

[A close up view of a machine filling up bottles with apple juice as the machine rotates.]

Text on screen: Innovative

[A researcher enters a greenhouse holding potted plants. He opens a door to a phytotron growing unit.]

Narrator: It provides strong support for science, research and innovation.

Text on screen: Resilient

[A winemaker and his family pose for the camera with wine barrels and vineyards behind them.]

Narrator: All with an aim to enhance the resiliency of the Canadian food system.

Text on screen: Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership – Competitive. Innovative. Resilient.

[A field of green wheat in the background with a government of Canada banner at the bottom of the screen.]

Text on screen: Learn more at:

[A farmer holding a tablet computer while leaning against a pickup truck, silos behind him.]

Narrator: Learn what's in it for your farm or organization.

[Gentle guitar music ends]

Text on screen: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada – Agriculture et Agroalimentaire Canada

[Government of Canada wordmark.]



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.

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
Offers cost-shared insurance against natural hazards to reduce the financial impact of production or asset losses
Provides cash flow to help producers manage income declines
A disaster relief framework to help producers recover from natural disaster events

Find out more about business risk management programs

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