GUELPH, ON (October 29, 2018) – Grain Farmers of Ontario, congratulates the Canadian government and all parliamentarians in the passing of Bill C-79 and the announcement that Canada will ratify its partnership with the CPTPP (Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership).
The CPTPP is an important trade agreement for Canada and agriculture as it builds relationships with new and emerging markets.
“Ontario grain farmers are relying on our government to open doors to new markets as we try to offset the negative impacts of the U.S.-driven trade wars,” said Markus Haerle, Chair, Grain Farmers of Ontario. “Agreements like CPTPP help the Canadian agriculture and agri-food industry to remain competitive. This is vital for an industry that employs almost one million Canadians.”
Grain Farmers of Ontario continues to support the Canadian government in moving trade talks forward with China and for other free trade agreements.
Grain Farmers of Ontario is the province’s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario’s 28,000 barley, corn, oat, soybean and wheat farmers. The crops they grow cover 6 million acres of farm land across the province, generate over $2.5 billion in farm gate receipts, result in over $9 billion in economic output and are responsible for over 40,000 jobs in the province.