April 4, 2018 – London, Ontario – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Canada's poultry and egg producers are key contributors to the Canadian economy,
generating $4.2 billion in farm cash receipts. The Government of Canada is committed
to working with industry partners in developing new risk management tools that help
farmers manage risk.
Member of Parliament for London North Centre, Peter Fragiskatos, on behalf of Agriculture
and Agri-Food Minister Lawrence MacAulay, was at the National Poultry Show in London
today to announce investments of nearly $2 million to help Canadian poultry producers
These investments went to various projects that develop new insurance tools to protect
poultry and egg producers against the financial impact of an outbreak of a poultry
disease such as Avian Influenza.
- $659,750 for L'Équipe québécoise de contrôle des maladies avicoles to develop an
insurance-based compensation plan for Quebec poultry producers to cover certain
costs related to six diseases, including Avian influenza, during an outbreak.
- $378,250 for the Canadian Egg Industry Reciprocal Alliance to develop an Avian influenza
insurance for Canadian regulated egg supply chain producers and a Salmonella enteritidis
insurance for Quebec broiler breeders hatching egg producers.
- $473,700 for Chicken Farmers of Ontario to develop enhanced biosecurity operating
procedures during a poultry disease outbreak, and to implement an Avian influenza
insurance to compensate chicken and turkey producers in Ontario for losses resulting
from a disease outbreak.
- $318,500 for the Poultry Insurance Exchange Reciprocal of Canada to develop an Avian
influenza insurance for Ontario, Alberta and Saskatchewan hatching egg producers
and Ontario table egg producers.
"Every poultry farmer knows how devastating an outbreak can be on their operations
and their bottom lines. Our government is pleased to work with poultry organizations
across Canada to ensure that farmers have the proper tools in place to manage those
financial risks. These investments will support a stronger agriculture sector and
the well-paid middle class jobs it provides." - Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture
"Every day, poultry and egg producers work hard to keep their flocks safe, healthy
and disease-free. By investing in these essential tools for our farmers, we are
helping them to manage risks and access critical information. The investments announced
today will help support the local economy of the London area, where many poultry
farmers are located and supporting well-paid middle class jobs." - Peter Fragiskatos,
Member of Parliament for London North Centre
"Since 2012, the Équipe québécoise de contrôle des maladies avicoles (ÉQCMA) has
been working to develop and implement a compensation plan that will help Quebec's
poultry industry protect against potential major financial losses caused by six
diseases. This project is another demonstration of the strength of the partnership
that links the members of Quebec's poultry industry as well as the relevance of
the AgriRisk Initiatives that contributed greatly to this success." - Paulin Bouchard,
"Canadian egg producers have developed an Avian influenza insurance product to cover
losses not covered by the Health of Animals Act. This new coverage will provide
for a quicker return to financial stability had this new product not been available.
This achievement would have been considerably more difficult and not achievable
had it not been for AAFC's AgriRisk Initiative." - Andre Patry, General Manager,
Canadian Egg Industry Reciprocal Alliance
"On behalf of the Ontario poultry industry, we thank the federal government for
its financial support that has enabled the egg, hatchery, turkey and chicken sector
to strengthen its approach to biosecurity and to advance insurance solutions to
address poultry diseases in Ontario. Chicken Farmers of Ontario has been working
towards implementing a disease insurance platform as a direct result of this federal
support." - Ed Benjamins, Chair, Chicken Farmers of Ontario
"The Poultry Insurance Exchange Reciprocal of Canada is a specialty provider of
insurance products that mitigates financial losses caused by disease. For years
our subscribers have asked for a policy that protects them from financial losses
due to Avian influenza. Only with the support of the AAFC were we in a position
to develop the models and risk profiles that are necessary for the design and implementation
of a policy that covers our egg supplies here in Ontario." - Martin Adema, Chair
of the Poultry Insurance Exchange Reciprocal of Canada
- Canada's poultry farmers generate $3 billion in farm cash receipts, in addition
to the $1 billion generated by egg farmers. On the processing side, poultry processors
have almost $8 billion in sales.
- The Canadian poultry sector employs over 100,000 Canadians.
- The Canadian Agricultural Partnership is a five-year, $3 billion investment by federal-provincial
and territorial governments, which will strengthen the agriculture, agri-food and
agri-based products sector, ensuring continued innovation, growth and prosperity.
- Under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, producers will continue to have access
to a robust suite of Business Risk Management programs to help manage significant
risks that threaten the viability of their farm and are beyond their capacity to