ACAAF - Questions & Answers
- If ACAAF is the successor to the Canadian
Adaptation and Rural Development (CARD) program, why has
anual funding been reduced?
If CARD was a successful program, why was
it replaced with ACAAF?
- With the new program design and the implementation
of the Agricultural Policy Framework (APF), the Government
has provided a significant increase to the total resources
available to the agriculture and agri-food sector.
- CARD has been successful in piloting and
testing new ideas and approaches.
- Several national and regional programs
previously funded under CARD, for example environmental
farm plans and national food safety programming, are now
key program components funded by the APF.
- These changes will allow for more resources
being accessible to the industry under ACAAF to fund new
national and regional projects.
- Some funds will be available annually for
new national initiatives.
- Annual allocations to the councils have
- Councils may access further funding in
support of collaborative projects.
How will ACAAF complement the APF?
- The APF has created a roadmap for addressing
the key challenges facing the sector.
- To support the sector in addressing new
and emerging challenges, the new ACAAF program is based
on a three pillar approach.
- The first pillar will continue to support
industry-led solutions to address emerging issues, while
furthering the objectives set out in the APF.
- Under the second pillar, ACAAF will support
the sector in undertaking pre-¬commercialization activities
to transfer research results into new market opportunities.
- The third pillar recognizes the need to
broaden the policy dialogue. ACAAF will support the sector
through activities which will strengthen their capacity
to help government shape future policy initiatives and
- This program framework was endorsed by
stakeholders through a comprehensive Canada-wide consultation.
- With grass-roots industry involvement,
ACAAF will allow stakeholders to identify issues and develop
solutions to maintain a thriving and prosperous sector.
How will ACAAF support the value-added sector?
- Federal, provincial and territorial governments
have agreed to specific objectives under the APF.
- The environment, food safety and quality,
renewal and innovation are key priorities for the sector
- ACAAF provides further opportunities to engage stakeholders
in undertaking new activities which complement the existing
federal and provincial/territorial APF programming.
- Industry led projects, funded through ACAAF,
will further advance progress to the APF objectives, by
engaging local, regional and national stakeholders to
address emerging issues.
How will ACAAF support value chains?
- ACAAF will actively engage stakeholders
across the value chain from producers to processors to
retailers to consumers in pursuing new value added opportunities
and broadening the dialogue in the development of future
Rural was a priority under CARD. How will
ACAAF contribute to rural development?
- Agriculture and Agri-food Canada (AAFC)
has established a series of national value chain roundtables.
ACAAF could provide an opportunity to support or address
emerging issues identified through the roundtable process.
- This program is available to the entire
agriculture and agri-food sector with an objective of
increasing the collaboration across the value chain.
How will the program be delivered?
- ACAAF will continue to support industry-led
projects at the local and regional level addressing the
needs of agriculture communities in every province and
- As with CARD, many of these projects will
stimulate or transcend into benefits for rural stakeholders
How can funding under this program be accessed?
- Building on the success of the CARD program,
ACAAF will be delivered both nationally and regionally.
- National programs and projects will be
delivered in partnership with industry organizations.
- Regional funding will continue to be delivered
through industry-led councils.
Are the industry-led councils open for business?
- Applications for national projects under
ACAAF will be considered through a formal call to industry.
- AAFC is currently accepting applications
for national projects with a May 31, 2004 deadline.
- There will be a second call for national
projects in the fall of this year. This will be followed
by further semi-annual calls in future years.
- The existing 14 councils will be invited
to submit a proposal to AAFC to participate under the
ACAAF program – once approved, the councils will
be able to solicit and fund local, regional and multi-regional
What is the composition of the 14 industry-led
- The councils continue to operate with the
resources provided to them under the CARD program.
- They have the capacity to solicit and review
provincial/territorial specific projects using the CARD
- The 14 councils will be invited to submit
a proposal to participate under the ACAAF program –
once approved by AAFC, the councils will be able to support
projects under the three pillars of the new ACAAF program.
How will funding be allocated to the industry-led
- The councils are independent, non-profit
organizations registered in their respective province
- There is a council in every province and
territory, with the exception of Quebec where the agriculture
and agri-food industry decided to create two councils
– one for producers and one for the processing sector.
- The councils are representative of stakeholders
from the agriculture and agri-food sector.
- Under the new program, the councils will
be encouraged to review their composition to ensure a
broader representation of the value chain in their respective
province or territory.
What is meant by collective outcomes?
- As under CARD, a formula has been established
which provides for an equitable distribution of ACAAF
funding to address regional and multi-regional needs.
- The formula, based on Statistics Canada
data averaged over the period of 1998 to 2002, includes
a weighted proportion of the national farm cash receipts
(two-thirds), as well as the value of national shipments
for food and beverage processing (one-third).
- To ensure equity, a minimum base allocation
has been established for each Atlantic council, as well
as the North.
What is meant by “matching funding”
for collaborative projects?
- CARD was successful in building alliances
and partnerships, however through a program evaluation
and the industry consultations, it was clear that there
was more that could be done.
- In order to maximize the federal investment
in this program, one of ACAAF’s objectives is to
increase collaboration throughout the entire agriculture
and agri-food value chain, while providing broader benefits
and opportunities to the sector.
What is the role of the proposed Forum?
- To further stimulate the level of collaboration
on national and multi-regional projects while expanding
the benefits of ACAAF activities, each of the councils
will be encouraged to dedicate 10% of their allocations
towards multi-regional or national collaborative projects.
- As an incentive, AAFC will match this funding
for approved collaborative projects, on a dollar for dollar
basis up to established limits. This will provide access
up to an additional $4.4 million annually.
- Under this approach, the Atlantic and Northern
councils could access up to an additional 25% in annual
funding, while the other councils could access up to an
additional 15% in annual funding.
- This added feature will ensure that funding
for local issues remains available, while providing the
opportunity for stakeholders to share the benefits from
investments in projects across the country.
- To further industry leadership and collaboration
under the ACAAF program, AAFC is examining options for
a proposed Forum.
- With representation of industry leaders
and key stakeholders representative of the entire agriculture
and agri-food sector, the proposed Forum would provide
the opportunity for participants to identify emerging
issues and opportunities, and identify priority areas
where further collaboration would benefit the entire sector.
- The Forum would provide another means to
supporting an open dialogue between industry and Government.