November 6, 2017 – Ottawa, ON – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)
The Government of Canada is committed to supporting Canada's farmers by investing
in the growth of, and innovation in, Canada's agri-food sector. Budget 2017 sets
the ambitious goal of growing Canada's agri-food exports to $75 billion annually
by 2025.The agri-food sector is an important driver of economic growth, accounting
for more than six per cent of Canada's gross domestic product, and employing one
out of every eight Canadians.
Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister, Lawrence MacAulay, on behalf of Finance Minister,
Bill Morneau, today announced tax relief to help farmers by:
- Providing tax relief for farmers who receive compensation under the Health of Animals
Act as a consequence of the forced destruction of their livestock because of the
bovine tuberculosis outbreak in 2016 and 2017 in Alberta and Saskatchewan.
- Designating the regions for 2017 in which farmers qualify for a livestock tax deferral
to help them replenish their herds after flood or drought conditions cease, allowing
livestock producers in these prescribed regions to defer a portion of their 2017
sale proceeds of breeding livestock to 2018.
The Government also announced it will maintain the current tax treatment of cash
purchase tickets for deliveries of listed grains.
"Canada's agricultural sector brings jobs, high-quality food, and economic growth
to Canadians. By introducing tax relief and maintaining current tax treatment, we
continue to ensure farmers keep their businesses strong, which is vital to the continued
growth and success of the sector, and to growing the middle class and those working
hard to join it." - Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
The Government of Canada provides producers experiencing extraordinary costs due
to bovine TB with over $39 million in compensation under the Health of Animals Act,
as well as $7.1 million in financial assistance (federal and provincial) under the
The Government of Canada helps young farmers access capital and acquire the skills
they need to succeed on the farm with measures such as:
- the Canadian Agricultural Loans Act Program, which is a loan guarantee program designed
to increase the availability of loans to farmers and agricultural co-operatives,
- the Agricultural Youth Green Jobs Initiative, which has been supported through a
$5.2 million investment and which helps fund internships for post-secondary graduates
and high school students working in the agriculture industry, and
- the Young Farmer Loan, the Young Entrepreneur Loan and the Transition Loan available
through Farm Credit Canada.
The Government of Canada also works closely with provincial and territorial governments
to support this important sector through a comprehensive suite of Business Risk
Management programs to help farmers manage the risks associated with severe market
volatility and disaster situations. Related Products
2017 Livestock Tax Deferral—Initial List of Designated Regionshttp://www.agr.gc.ca/eng/?id=1509719116307