As an independent, non-partisan policy catalyst, CAPI brings insight, evidence and balance to emerging issues. We provide a neutral place to hold dialogues and generate perspectives among leaders across the food system.

The CAPI Charter

The Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI) is an independent, unbiased policy forum dedicated to the success of Canada's agriculture and agri-food sector. CAPI identifies emerging issues, promotes dialogue, presents new possibilities and advances alternative solutions in consultation with stakeholders across the diverse agriculture and agri-food value chain, with the help of academia, research institutes, governments and other sectors in Canada. CAPI is a catalyst.

Established as a not-for-profit corporation in 2004 by the federal government, CAPI is guided by a diverse Board of Directors and an Advisory Committee. Its offices are located in Ottawa.

By taking a longer-term perspective, CAPI fulfills its work according to its objectives and purpose. Its Charter indicates that CAPI will:

  • Provide independent, unbiased and credible input to the Canadian agricultural policy debate and policy development process.
  • Function as an agricultural policy forum focused on promoting dialogue between industry stakeholders, the policy research community and the federal and provincial governments by:
    • gathering intelligence and sharing results;
    • identifying emerging issues in the agricultural sector that should be coordinated and addressed on a national basis;
    • bringing together a wide range of expertise and new voices to examine existing and emerging issues in the agricultural sector;
    • discussing alternative solutions to issues before they become polarized;
    • providing balance when polarization within the agricultural sector is unavoidable; and
    • providing advice and a third-party perspective when agricultural policy decisions are made.

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Risk and Reward: Food Safety and NAFTA 2.0

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Understanding Agricultural Support (2017)
Summary Report

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Canada as an Agri-Food Powerhouse (2017)
Roundtable Synthesis

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Embrace or Reject It – the Implications of New Technology Adoption for Canada's Agri-Food Future (2017)
Synthesis Report of Workshop

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Synthesis Report of CAPI-AAFC Workshop on Strategies to Reduce Net GHG Emissions in Agriculture (2017)

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Synthesis Report of 3 Workshops (2016)

Organized by CAPI and the Agriculture Policy Research Community

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Achieving What's Possible for Canada's Agri-Food Sector (2016)
Final report on the Forum on Canada's Agri-food Future

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Competing in the World's No. 1 Emerging Market. (2015)
A report on a trade mission to China

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Taking the Sector from Trade Deficits to a Competitive Resurgence (2014)
Projects 7 and 8 of the Processed Food Sector Research Program
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Understanding the Processed Food Trade Balance (2013)
A CAPI Research Program report
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Municipal food policy entrepreneurs (2013)
by Rod MacRae and Kendal Donahue
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The State of Canada's Processed Food Sector:
Trade Balance
Report prepared by Douglas Hedley, PhD, and CAPI
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Canada's Beef Food System:
A Roadmap for Dialogue on Strategy
A CAPI report
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Canada's Agri-Food Destination:
A CAPI report
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Canada's Agri-Food Destination:
A New Strategic Approach
Report prepared by CAPI
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Building Convergence:
Toward an Integrated Health and Agri-Food Strategy for Canada
By The McGill World Platform for Health and Economic Convergence for CAPI
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Adapting Agriculture to Climate Variability:
Executive Summary
Conference summary by Gary Lemme, David McInnes, and Tony Szumigalski
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The Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute    •    960 Carling Avenue, CEF Building 49, Room 318    •    Ottawa, ON K1A 0C6
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