The provincial and federal governments launched a cost-shared program to support sustainable growth of Nova Scotia’s agriculture and agri-food sectors today, April 16.
The Canadian Agricultural Partnership is a five-year, $3 billion investment which includes $1 billion for federal activities and programs, and $2 billion in cost-shared programs delivered by provinces and territories on a 60-40 basis. The partnership will provide $37 million for programming in Nova Scotia.
“By working with our federal partners, we have secured significant funding to help strengthen our agriculture and agri-food industries,” said Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell. “The Canadian Agricultural Partnership is an investment in the sustainability, productivity and profitability of Nova Scotia agriculture, helping our industry to be more innovative and continue to create jobs and opportunities in our rural communities.”
The partnership will focus on science and innovation as well as markets and trade, environmental sustainability and climate change, value-added agriculture and agri-food processing and building public trust.
“The governments of Canada and Nova Scotia understand the importance of expanding business opportunities for producers and processors,” said federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay. “The agreement we have reached under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership will help to grow the agricultural sector in Nova Scotia sustainably, expand export opportunities internationally and increase participation among underrepresented groups. These priorities will ensure that we can continue to help the sector innovate, grow and prosper.”
In addition to cost-shared strategic initiatives, the partnership includes a complete and effective suite of business risk-management programs to help farmers manage risks that threaten the viability of their farms.
For more information on the partnership, visit
canada.ca/agri-partnership. A list of programs in Nova Scotia is available at novascotia.ca/agri/programs-and-services/financial-funding/ .