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Regional Councils Disappearing


April 23, 2012
By Treena Hein


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As any farmer that has utilized the Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (CAAP) knows, the regional councils that represent each province are vital to the disbursement of funds. The regional councils are called the Agricultural Adaptation Councils (AAC). Each province and territory in Canada has one, allowing for the unique regional needs in each province to be met, rather than by a one-size-fits-all approach out of Ottawa.

As any farmer that has utilized the Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program knows, the regional councils that represent each province are vital to the disbursement of funds. The regional councils are called the Agricultural Adaptation Councils. Each province and territory in Canada has one, allowing for the unique regional needs in each province to be met, rather than by a one-size-fits-all approach out of Ottawa. This however is where things are heading. As of March 2014 the current CAAP will no longer exist and in its place will be a new program run out of Ottawa, without the assistance of the regional councils.

While we understand the need to make budget cuts, it is difficult to see how an organization that is run efficiently and meets the needs of its members and customers should be cut out altogether. The impact this cut in funding will have on greenhouses and growers across the country will be seen in just over a year from now. Over the next year, the CAAP will continue to accept new applications for funding, but beyond the fall of 2013, no new applications will be received. If you have been considering or working on applications to CAAP through your local AAC, now is the time to submit it.

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Lisa Brodeur is Quality Assurance Supervisor with 360 Energy in Burlington, Ont.