Canada’s FoodLink

From our farms to your homes

Canadians can be proud.  

  • We can trust the grocery store will be well-stocked with safe and healthy food. 
  • We have restaurants sourcing local ingredients.
  • We have dependable supply chains to connect the dots. 
  • We have access to crucial inputs domestically.  
  • We have some of the best farmers and growers in the world who keep sustainability top of mind.  

These puzzle pieces coming together day-in, day-out, keeps us safe and healthy. We’re proud of the people who make it happen, who make our country stronger, and who are taking on global sustainability challenges. 

The link between agriculture and keeping Canadians fed is something we’re all a part of. Whether we think of it each time we have a meal, or not, doesn’t change the work and care that has gone into it. From seeding fields pre-dawn, to nonstop days harvesting, and everything in between, we all understand the hard work Canadian growers do. Canadian agriculture extends far beyond our farms. It also involves input manufacturing, trucking, railroads, scientists and researchers, retail, and more. It takes an interconnected system, working collaboratively, to enable our farms to keep our country fed.  

The agriculture and agri-food system is a quiet economic driver for Canada’s economy.  

It accounts for 2.3 million jobs and 7.4% of Canada’s overall GDP ($143 billion)1.  

Growing this industry – if you’ll pardon our pun – is low-hanging fruit to help drive Canada’s economic recovery. 

The pandemic has demonstrated, the numerous integral parts must all be functioning together to keep food available, prices affordable, and Canadians employed. As we move into the future and consider new challenges, this whole system must be supported to meet those challenges. Keeping this system strong is a vital interest for Canadians. 

With a wide variety of issues facing our economy, Canadian agriculture is ready to be part of the solution. On challenges including sustainability, innovation, workforce upskilling, increasing exports, digitization, and more it is vital for agriculture to have a voice at the table.  

All the Canadians who work hard behind the scenes to feed a nation – and the world – are proud of the work they do and are grateful for the trust placed in them. We can be proud that Canadian agriculture is feeding the world and Canadians; we can also be proud because we’re doing so in a way that’s sustainable, is friendly to our environment and is fueling innovation. Now it’s time to strengthen these systems, renew our leadership, and be proud to stand with Canada’s growers, ranchers, suppliers, manufacturers, and more. We are all part of Canada’s FoodLink. 

Three Pillars

The 21st century farmer looks far different from the one from the previous century. This type of farmer is highly-skilled and makes significant use of new technologies to meet economic and productivity objectives. Whether it’s precision farming or other digitization, Canadian agriculture demonstrates an innovative mindset in keeping Canadians – and the world – fed.  

In short, these are not your grandparents’ farms. These highly innovative, highly sustainable, and highly complex operations are frequently employing new technologies to meet climate change, production, and other objectives.  

Canada has demonstrated leadership in the fight against climate change, but agriculture is often seen as an impediment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This could not be further from the truth. Carbon sequestration and capture technologies demonstrate that agriculture is not only a willing collaborator, but more importantly a willing partner in in sustainable economic growth. 

Regulatory challenges, whether domestic or international, continue to hamper Canadian economic competitiveness in the agriculture and agri-food sector. For example, regulations such as front-of-pack and country-of-origin labelling continue to demonstrate a lack of economic consideration in Canada’s regulatory process. 

Updates

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FoodLink campaign writes to Ministers Garneau and Bibeau urging economic messaging ahead of 2021 Food Systems Summit

[1] Overview of the Canadian agriculture and agri-food sector 2018, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada: https://agr.gc.ca/eng/canadas-agriculture-sectors/sector-overviews-data-and-reports/overview-of-the-canadian-agriculture-and-agri-food-sector-2018/