FREDERICTON (GNB) – A new federal-provincial partnership will support the sustainability and competitiveness of the province’s agriculture sector.

The Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership is a cost-shared suite of targeted programs that will make $8.5 million available annually to strengthen the competitiveness, innovation, and resiliency of the agriculture, agri‐food and agri‐based products sector. This is a 25 per cent increase in support for New Brunswick producers.

“This new partnership will help New Brunswick’s agriculture, agri‐food and agri‐based products sector meet future challenges and build on a successful 2022,” said Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Margaret Johnson. “The sector contributes significantly to the provincial economy and employs thousands of New Brunswickers. The men and women who work in the sector are proud of what they deliver to our tables and we are proud to support them.”

The Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership is a new $3.5-billion, five-year agreement. This includes $1 billion in federal programs and activities and a $2.5 billion commitment that is cost-shared 60 per cent federally and 40 per cent provincially/territorially for programs that are designed and delivered by provinces and territories.

"Through the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership, we are investing in the economic, social and environmental sustainability of the agriculture sector, while ensuring the resilience of supply chains,” said Official Languages Minister and minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency Ginette Petitpas Taylor. “These programs and initiatives will create new ways for producers and processors in New Brunswick to continue to improve their competitiveness while protecting our environment.”

Petitpas Taylor spoke on behalf of Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau.

New Brunswick’s agriculture sector finished 2022 with record revenues of $1.3 billion. The province also had a record $689 million in agri-food exports.