Towards a National Agricultural Labour Strategy that works for Farmers and Farm Workers
Towards a National Agricultural Labour Strategy that works for Farmers and Farm Workers

The National Farmers Union (NFU) is uniquely positioned to provide a perspective towards a National Agricultural Labour Strategy that recognizes the common interests of farmers and farm workers and to propose solutions that will increase the economic, social and ecological sustainability of our food and farming system by focusing on improving the conditions and returns to labour. For decades, Canada’s farm numbers have been going down, farm size has been increasing, and more farms have come to rely on hired workers as a consequence. The ongoing loss of farms and the current shortage of farm labour have the same root cause: a cost-price squeeze that results in inadequate returns to the work of farming, whether done by the farm operators or farm workers. Paying high prices for inputs and receiving low prices for commodities results in farmers subsidizing their farms with off-farm jobs, pressure to keep wages to farm workers low, the exit of skilled people from the sector to pursue more remunerative and less precarious sources of income, and a lack of new entrants to replace retiring farmers.

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NFU submission for Public Engagement on Permanent Public Transit Funding in Canada
NFU submission for Public Engagement on Permanent Public Transit Funding in Canada

In this consultation, the key point we would like to emphasize is that publicly funded rural inter-community public transit is needed to serve Canada’s rural and remote areas. Rural public transportation options have been eliminated over recent years, just when alternatives to private vehicles as a strategy to combat climate change and prevent rural depopulation is needed most. In most of Canada, rural and remote areas are underserved, with intermittent, expensive and sometimes unsafe transportation options; in many cases no public transportation is available. A safe, reliable, accessible, affordable and climate-friendly national public transportation system can be designed to serve both rural and remote communities and larger centers.  Such a system would provide greater autonomy, dignity and freedom to people including vulnerable women, youth, elderly, people with disabilities and health conditions and people living in poverty whose safety may depend on reliable transportation. Moreover, Canada’s National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls final report calls for “safe and affordable transit and transportation services… sufficient and readily available.”

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AGRI Committee Testimony—Glenn Wright
AGRI Committee Testimony—Glenn Wright

On Monday, October 3, 2022, Glenn Wright, NFU farmer, lawyer and engineer presented at the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food with regards to Bill C-234: An Act to amend

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NFU submission to Targeted Review of the Pest Control Products Act
NFU submission to Targeted Review of the Pest Control Products Act

Further Strengthening Protection of Health and the Environment: Targeted Review of the Pest Control Products Act In December 2021, the Health Minister’s Mandate Letter directed the Minister Duclos to ensure

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NFU Briefing Note on proposed gene editing regulatory guidance
NFU Briefing Note on proposed gene editing regulatory guidance

National Farmers Union BRIEFING NOTE regarding proposed regulatory guidances for plants and seeds produced using new biotechnologies (gene editing) Recommendations to Health Canada: • All gene-edited products, including those with

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Canadian Grain Commission Science Strategy Public Engagement
Canadian Grain Commission Science Strategy Public Engagement

The National Farmers Union (NFU) is pleased to provide input regarding the research and science-based activities currently carried out at the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC). The NFU strongly supports maintaining

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From Fragile Supply Chains to Resilient Interdependent Networks
From Fragile Supply Chains to Resilient Interdependent Networks

National Farmers Union submission to The House of Commons Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-food study on Canada’s agricultural and agri-food supply chain   Canada’s ongoing supply chain issues have

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Submission to CGC “Subject to Inspector’s Grade and Dockage” consultation
Submission to CGC “Subject to Inspector’s Grade and Dockage” consultation

The NFU supports the CGC's proposed changes to "subject to" framework. The CGC’s authority to enforce grade and dockage through binding determination in the event of a dispute provides farmers with a power-balancing force against companies that are able to unfairly downgrade and thereby discount grain delivered to the country elevator.

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Presentation to Agriculture Committee on Supply Chain Issues
Presentation to Agriculture Committee on Supply Chain Issues

NFU President, Katie Ward, appeared before the House of Commons Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food on February 17, 2022. View the video of her presentation starting at the 15:37:25 minute

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NFU Submission to CFIA on Gene Editing Regulatory Guidance
NFU Submission to CFIA on Gene Editing Regulatory Guidance

Submission to CFIA on guidance for determining whether a plant is subject to Part V of the Seeds Regulations The NFU is a voluntary direct-membership, non-partisan, national farm organization made

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Commentary on CFIA proposal for regulating gene-edited plants
Commentary on CFIA proposal for regulating gene-edited plants

The CFIA’s proposed guidance would allow plant developers (biotechnology companies) to decide for themselves whether their product meets the CFIA’s criteria for regulation as a PNT. It proposes to exempt from regulation genetically engineered plants that do not contain foreign DNA if they are not expected to result in any of four environmental impacts the CFIA lists. In addition, the proposed criteria would exempt some genetically engineered plants that have a trait previously approved by the CFIA, even if the approved trait was in another plant species or developed using different technology.

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Response to PMRA Potential Environmental Risk to Squash Bee
Response to PMRA Potential Environmental Risk to Squash Bee

Pest Management Regulatory Agency Publications Section Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) Health Canada 2720 Riverside Drive Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0K9 By e-mail: hc.pmra.publications-arla.sc@canada.ca August 13, 2021 Re: Proposed Special Review Decision

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