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A commitment to supporting farmers in non-supply managed sectors by establishing a Trade War Fund for Ontario grain farmers

A commitment to diversifying and defending domestic and international markets for grain and oilseed farmers

A commitment to stabilizing trade relations with China and mitigating trade war impacts


As China and the U.S. engage in a trade war, markets are disrupted and our market prices are threatened. Additional threats to Canada’s traditional export markets are also unfolding for Ontario grain farmers.

U.S. and Canada’s supply-managed farmers have been protected from political trade decisions by the support that they receive from the U.S. government and the Canadian government respectively.

The U.S. Government has committed a total of $30 billion to its farmers in Trade aide.

$12 Billion was provided to U.S. farmers for the 2018 crop and $16 billion has been committed for the 2019 crop.

A commitment to supporting grain and oilseed farmers in Ontario

Farmers need certainty, so they can invest in their farms even when their farm businesses are faced with forces outside of their control occur, such as weather, market disruptions, and major price volatility. 

Canada’s Business Risk Management suite must provide products that farmers can rely on for their modern farm business.

Our farmers want to see the AgriStability program fixed by reinstating coverage to 85% and eliminating Reference Margin Limiting.

A Business Risk Management suite that works can offer certainty for lenders and security for farmers.

Did you know?

Over 70% of grain farmers are unsatisfied with the coverage AgriStability provides.

A Trade War Fund is needed for grain and oilseed farmers who are suffering from global trade disputes and competition with U.S. and Canadian supply-managed farmers, who are receiving government bailouts.

Additionally, Implementation of long-term business risk management programming is necessary that would shield Ontario grain farmers from price fluctuations beyond their control. 


Meaningful reform to business risk management programs

A commitment to stabilizing trade relations with China and mitigating trade war impacts

Export markets are in a state of disruption. Global trade disputes are putting Ontario farmers at risk of losing market share in countries traditionally held by Ontario grains.

The market in China is a tremendous opportunity, but Canada’s current relationship with China is impacting current and future purchases of Ontario grains. The government needs to normalize the trade relationship with China and defend Canada’s traditional grain markets – both internationally and domestically.


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Canada has been trapped in the middle of an ongoing trade war between two of the world’s biggest economies.

No other sector has been caught in the global trade crossfire quite like Canadian agriculture. Commodities, including soybeans have been hit directly by trade restrictions and all grains and seeds have had to endure the economic ripple effects of trade wars between other nations.


For farmers, it’s meant deep uncertainty, disrupted export markets and battered bottom lines.

Grain farmers need a Trade War Fund established.


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