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FCPC’s response to the Agri-Food Economic Strategy Table Report
Created on 9/25/2018 11:48:23 AM

FCPC provides our full support for the Agri-Food Economic Strategy Table (EST) report. The report provides an important roadmap to improve the competitiveness of the agri-food sector in Canada and strategically position us as a global leader. We support this critical initiative for its whole-of-government approach to help secure industry’s position as the most competitive, innovative and trusted agri-food supplier in the world. 

We agree that our sector faces intense competitive pressures in global and domestic markets. The impacts stemming from the uncertainty of NAFTA negotiations, retaliatory tariffs on our industry and the action by the U.S. to repatriate manufacturing are all shifting the North American landscape and creating growing pressure on our integrated industry.  At home, food manufacturers continue to face challenges with rising costs and a growing cumulative regulatory burden as new regulations are introduced at an accelerated rate.

FCPC supports the key areas identified in the report to strengthen the sector, for example, the development and diversification of markets, investment in innovation through increased automation and robotics, and development of a modern regulatory and infrastructure network and a skilled workforce.  To improve Canada’s competitiveness, it’s critical that all of the recommendations are implemented together in a timely way.

We accept the recommendation to launch a pilot project “to explore alternative pathways to Front-of-Package (FOP) labelling that will achieve the intended outcomes of the Healthy Eating Strategy.”  We encourage a focus on education; our members are champions of consumer education as our commitment to the Nutrition Facts Education Campaign demonstrated.  We also encourage the government to explore digital options as an alternative pathway to FOP labelling. FCPC and its members are pleased to have launched SmartLabel™ in Canada, a digital transparency tool used to provide the information Canadians are looking for in an easy-to-understand, consistent and accessible way.  We are interested in working with Health Canada to explore viable options that have contributed to positive outcomes in other countries. 

FCPC would also like to express our support for the Advanced Manufacturing EST report. We agree with the urgency to attract investment by introducing an immediate 100% capital cost allowance, developing highly skilled talent, supporting the adoption of new technology and scaling up high-potential firms.  We are pleased to see that the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters’ Industrie 2030 plan, which we partnered with them on, is nicely captured in the EST report.

Strong leadership and collaboration between government and industry are needed to improve the competitiveness of the manufacturing sector in Canada and support the middle class by creating value-added employment across the country. We look forward to working in partnership with the government and other stakeholders to help implement all of the recommendations outlined by the Economic Strategy Tables in a timely manner.   

FCPC provides our full support for the Agri-Food Economic Strategy Table (EST) report. The report provides an important roadmap to improve the competitiveness of the agri-food sector in Canada and strategically position us as a global leader. We support this critical initiative for its whole-of-government approach to help secure industry’s position as the most competitive, innovative and trusted agri-food supplier in the world. 

We agree that our sector faces intense competitive pressures in global and domestic markets. The impacts stemming from the uncertainty of NAFTA negotiations, retaliatory tariffs on our industry and the action by the U.S. to repatriate manufacturing are all shifting the North American landscape and creating growing pressure on our integrated industry.  At home, food manufacturers continue to face challenges with rising costs and a growing cumulative regulatory burden as new regulations are introduced at an accelerated rate.

FCPC supports the key areas identified in the report to strengthen the sector, for example, the development and diversification of markets, investment in innovation through increased automation and robotics, and development of a modern regulatory and infrastructure network and a skilled workforce.  To improve Canada’s competitiveness, it’s critical that all of the recommendations are implemented together in a timely way.

We accept the recommendation to launch a pilot project “to explore alternative pathways to Front-of-Package (FOP) labelling that will achieve the intended outcomes of the Healthy Eating Strategy.”  We encourage a focus on education; our members are champions of consumer education as our commitment to the Nutrition Facts Education Campaign demonstrated.  We also encourage the government to explore digital options as an alternative pathway to FOP labelling. FCPC and its members are pleased to have launched SmartLabel™ in Canada, a digital transparency tool used to provide the information Canadians are looking for in an easy-to-understand, consistent and accessible way.  We are interested in working with Health Canada to explore viable options that have contributed to positive outcomes in other countries. 

FCPC would also like to express our support for the Advanced Manufacturing EST report. We agree with the urgency to attract investment by introducing an immediate 100% capital cost allowance, developing highly skilled talent, supporting the adoption of new technology and scaling up high-potential firms.  We are pleased to see that the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters’ Industrie 2030 plan, which we partnered with them on, is nicely captured in the EST report.

Strong leadership and collaboration between government and industry are needed to improve the competitiveness of the manufacturing sector in Canada and support the middle class by creating value-added employment across the country. We look forward to working in partnership with the government and other stakeholders to help implement all of the recommendations outlined by the Economic Strategy Tables in a timely manner.   


 

 

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