The Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) was formed in 1935 as a unified voice to speak on behalf of Canadian farmers. Our work continues today as a farmer-funded, national umbrella organization comprising of provincial general farm organizations and national and interprovincial commodity groups. We represent producers of all commodities, who operate farms of all sizes. Through our members we represent approximately 190,000 Canadian farm families from coast to coast.
How CFA Works for Farmers
CFA aims to achieve a thriving and sustainable agriculture sector in Canada, which delivers real social and economic benefits across the country. We develop policies and programs through a grassroots, democratic process that engages our members in comprehensive discussions, considering policy issues from various points of view. Earning and maintaining public trust in the agriculture sector, through our words and actions, is vital to the CFA and its members.
Our objectives are to:
What CFA is Doing for Farmers
2022 has been a particularly important year, as this year is critical for the formulation of the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (SCAP), which is the funding envelope for agriculture from 2023-2028. At a high-level, CFA throughout the year has:
- Hosted the FPT Roundtable, bringing Canada’s agriculture Ministers together to hear from industry stakeholders on the shared priorities of the sector in advance of the SCAP. Read CFA’s reaction to the SCAP here.
- Engaged heavily with government on a wide-range of environmental files, including the fertilizer emission reduction strategy.
- CFA is a founding member of the industry-led process to develop a Grocery Code of Conduct in Canada, to improve fair-dealing within the supplier/retailer relationship.
- CFA is working with the Canadian Agriculture Human Resource Council and Food and Beverage Canada to develop a National Workforce Strategy for Agriculture and Food and Beverage Manufacturing over the next two years.
- CFA sits on the Resilient Economy Roundtable, one of five committees tasked with producing Canada’s National Adaptation Strategy framework.
Apart from these, CFA continues to work closely with the government on issues as they arise to ensure that the farmer’s voice is represented and that programs and policies work to the betterment of Canadian agriculture.