Québec and Ontario Agriculture Ministers' Shared Priorities
Jeff Leal, Ontario's Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, and Pierre Paradis, Minister
of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food of Québec, met on April 29th in Toronto to discuss shared
The ministers discussed trade and market access issues including how trade agreements affect supply management industries. Both Ontario and Quebec ministers expressed strong support for supply management, as well as the importance of continued federal due diligence on the enforcement of import controls as they relate to supply managed products and reciprocity of standards.
The ministers further discussed issues about social license, including pollinator health, animal welfare and the consumers' right to know. They also agreed on the importance of recognizing consumers' right to have fair and transparent information.
Both ministers look forward to working cooperatively on these issues through to the July meeting of Federal, Provincial and Territorial Agriculture ministers which will be held in Prince Edward Island. Closer collaboration between Ontario and Quebec on issues relating to agriculture and food will help grow both provinces' economies to the benefit of the Canadian economy.
- Québec and Ontario form the largest economic region of Canada, with 21.9 million Canadians. Together, the two provinces are responsible for approximately 56 per cent of Canada's total GDP.
- In 2014, the total value of Canadian exports was $524.9 billion. Ontario exported $206.9 billion of goods, and Québec $75.8 billion.
- In 2014, the total value of Canadian agri-food exports was $56.8 billion. Ontario’s agri-food exports were $12.5 billion, while Québec agri-food exports were $7.2 billion.
- Together, Ontario and Québec account for nearly 38 per cent of Canada’s farm cash receipts from primary agricultural production and close to two thirds of food processing revenues in Canada.
- The supply managed sectors in Ontario and Québec account for approximately two-thirds (65.1 per cent) of Canada’s supply managed farm gate receipts.
““I am pleased to be working with our partners in Québec to grow our economies, create jobs and prosper together. By strengthening our relationship, we will be able to make real progress on issues that matter to people in their everyday lives.””
““I am delighted to collaborate with my Ontario counterpart. The partnership is allowing us to play a leading role in the interest of our stakeholders.””