Objectives of the new Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (SCAP) are now available and online consultations are open until October 2022. Resolution E1-20
SCAP summary of key facts.
Recently the federal, provincial and territorial agriculture ministers met to discuss objectives for the new Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (SCAP) framework, that will commence on April 1, 2023. A document titled Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (SCAP) – key facts summarizes the proposed program priorities and objectives was recently circulated to stakeholders.
Details of each Federal, Provincial and Territorial (FPT) agreement are still being worked out, and the provincial grant programs staff have begun to sketch out what the programs for Alberta might look like based on the discussions and principals agreed on so far. Things like eligible activities, cost sharing and program eligibility have not yet been determined and stakeholder input can still help shape how these programs roll out in Alberta. Online consultations are open to the public (links below) and can be shared broadly. Questions in the engagement relate to feedback on the current CAP program, and suggestions for the new program. .
Stakeholders may be called upon for more specific input by provincial staff as they develop programming details in the months to come. The new SCAP program is focused on reducing the costs associated with adopting new technologies and production practices to enhance resilience to climate risk.
NEW Resilient Agriculture Landscape Program (RALP)
Half of the increased funding to the new agreement is earmarked for the new RALP. The details of this program will be defined by the FPT ministers over the coming year. The program is part of the Federal governments 2030 Emissions Reduction plan with the intention to support carbon sequestration, adaptation and address other environmental co-benefits. (Budget 2020 and Canada’s Agriculture and Agri-food Sector, May 17, 2022 update)
Changes proposed to the Business Risk Management programs
“Beginning in 2023, FPT governments will engage in a one-year review on the implications of climate change and how to integrate climate risk and readiness in Business Risk Management (BRM) programs, along with opportunities to enhance producers’ resilience to climate risk.”
Details about the proposed improvements to the BRM programs can be fund in the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (SCAP) – key facts document.
Stakeholder Feedback Options
Alberta Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Economic Development (next feedback opportunity available in October 2022)