Policy Initiatives

Government of Alberta Climate Change Panel

The Government of Alberta recently formed a climate change panel with a mandate to develop a framework for Premier Notley to present at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris in 2015 regarding our province’s contribution to greenhouse gas emissions.

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Fusarium Head Blight (FHB)

Fusarium graminearum (Fg) is well established in southern Alberta and is spreading to central and northern Alberta. Earlier this year, a Private Member’s Bill was introduced to amend Alberta’s Agricultural Pests Act to declare that Fg will not be considered a pest or nuisance unless it is found at a concentration of grater…

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Alberta Wheat Commission Submission

AWC provided conditional support to the Agricultural Growth Act. Our conditional support included the following:

  1. Farmers maintain the ability to use farm-saved seed
  2. Federal government funding of pre-breeding and genetic research is maintained 
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UPOV 91/Bill C-18

The federal government has been working toward passing the Agricultural Growth Act (Bill C-18), which will pave the way for enhanced international competitiveness of Canadian grains through improved access to innovative traits and varieties for farmers

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Variety Registration

In December of 2013, AWC was involved with stakeholder consultations with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) to review the variety registration system. AWC advocated for the regulatory process for variety registration to be streamlined.

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Transportation

Rail transportation is a priority issue for AWC. In 2013-2014 we worked closely with industry partners across the country on this matter, representing our producers and taking their challenges directly to the federal government. Our efforts were instrumental in the creation of Bill C-30 (the Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act).

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Bill 6

Despite unprecedented protest from Alberta’s farming and ranching community, Bill 6, the Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act, passed through Alberta’s legislature on December 10th, 2015. As a result, provisions such as mandatory Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) insurance, as well as basic safety standards…

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