Partners and agencies

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada works with partnering organizations and agencies to guide, regulate and develop the agriculture sector on behalf of Canadians.

Portfolio partners

We are responsible for making sure that policies and programs of the organizations within the Agriculture and Agri-Food portfolio are coordinated and work to serve the interests of the sector and Canadians. These organizations include:

The Department, along with its portfolio partners, reports to Parliament and Canadians through the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food.

Note: The Canadian Food Inspection Agency reports to the Minister of Health. Canadian Food Inspection Agency organizational information.

Mandate letters

In accordance with the Prime Minister’s guide on Open and Accountable Government, the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food sent mandate letters to each of the organizations within the Agriculture and Agri-Food portfolio, in August 2016.

The mandate letters outline the Minister’s expectations for each Agriculture and Agri-Food portfolio organization's conduct and key priorities that should be fulfilled over the course of the Government’s four-year mandate.

The publication of these mandate letters supports the Government’s strong focus on results and its commitment to openness and transparency.

Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency

The Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency is a special operating agency within Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. It regulates and oversees pari-mutuel betting in Canada on horse races to ensure it is fair for the public.

The Agency's goal is to maintain and enforce national standards based on effective betting rules, to protect bettors.

Provincial and territorial partners

Agriculture is a shared jurisdiction and federal-provincial-territorial (FPT) governments work closely in the development of agriculture policy frameworks and the delivery of programs across the country.

The Canadian Agricultural Partnership, launched in April 2018, is a five-year, $3 billion investment by federal, provincial and territorial governments to strengthen the agriculture and agri-food sector.

The Partnership features:

  • simplified and streamlined programs and services that are easier to access
  • key enhancements to programs that help farmers manage significant risks that threaten the viability of their farm and are beyond their capacity to manage

Below is a list of our provincial and territorial partners:

Meetings and conferences of federal, provincial and territorial ministers of agriculture are held frequently to collaborate on agricultural policies, priorities and programs across Canada.

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