Canada’s Federal-Provincial-Territorial (FPT) Governments are now negotiating the next agricultural policy framework, recently launching consultations with stakeholders in the agri-food sector. However, many involved in the current process may not be aware of the history and context that has led to the current approach and the benefits of a strong FPT accord on agriculture and […]


In early 2020, the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI) launched a research program under the theme Creating Prosperity from Chaos. Initially, the chaos referred to disruptions in global trade, the sustainability of agri-food systems, and food security. However, chaos took on a new meaning when the pandemic began, impacting the health and wellbeing of all […]


What became clear throughout the CAPI consultations across Canada was that while there was a general consensus that the sector has what it takes to achieve the Barton growth targets, it will need to do more to achieve “quality” growth. This will require maintaining Canada’s natural capital, enhancing Canadians’ health and well-being and preserving public trust more than ever before.


At the Ottawa “Barton Forward” workshop in May 2018, CAPI CEO Don Buckingham set out the four looming challenges and opportunities in the Canadian agriculture and agri-food sector: maintaining natural capital; keeping foreign markets open; embracing innovation and “desilofying” federal and provincial policy initiatives affecting the agriculture and agri-food sector in Canada.


Ted Bilyea, former Chair of the Board and now Special Advisor to CAPI presents a comprehensive view of the potential for future growth of the Canadian agriculture and agri-food sector in light of an increasing world population, world demand for specific food stuffs highlighting the competitive advantage Canada enjoys because of its resource base and agricultural practices.