Policies & Advocacy
The ACA’s initial federal policy priorities are as follows:
Farmers and ranchers continue to face rising costs for producing food, including on such necessities as inputs and transportation. These costs are compounded by the carbon surcharge.
Farmers and ranchers are required to dry their grain, irrigate their land, and heat or cool their barns and greenhouses in order to feed Canadians and drive our export market. With no alternative fuel sources available, these necessary practices are unfairly penalized by any increase in the price of carbon.
As such, amendments must be made to the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act to extend exemptions for qualified fuel to marketable natural gas and propane, and include machinery used for grain drying, irrigation, and heating and cooling of livestock barns and greenhouses.
Carbon offset protocols must be accessible to early adopters and open to science-based measurement. This should include the recognition of activities that began prior to January 2017, where appropriate, and incorporate flexibility to accommodate advancements in verification.
The ACA welcomes the opportunity to engage on Enhanced Soil Organic Carbon Protocol and it’s applicability to no-till, intercropping, grazing, and winter cover cropping. We also look forward to engaging on future protocols for Livestock Feed Management, Avoided Conversion of Grasslands, 4R Climate-Smart Offset Protocol, and Livestock Manure Management.
Rebates and Research
The Climate Action Incentive Fund (CAIF) commits a portion of revenue collected by the carbon tax for rebates and retrofits that reduce carbon emissions for small and medium size enterprises — such as farms.
Unfortunately, CAIF has not been open for applications since the summer of 2019 and ACA will look to engage the federal government on how to efficiently return this revenue for critical emission reduction projects.
The ACA also welcomes the opportunity for further engagement on the Nature Based Solutions Fund for Agriculture (and other forms of research), particularly with the recent announcement to expand the living labs into model farms throughout each province. It is critical that these initiatives engage with farmers to ensure that critical innovations in sequestration are developed into offset protocols as soon as possible.
ACA Letter of Support for Bill C-206
ACA Letter of Support to MPs for Bill C-206
May 17, 2021