|2002/03 Annual Service
Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries
Ministry Goals, Objectives, Key Strategies, Core Business Areas
and Results 2002/03
Core Business area 1 — Food safety and quality
Goal: Food safety and quality levels that meet public health
objectives and standards and thereby secure access to national and
Outcome: Enhanced economic growth and consumer confidence
through reliable food safety/quality programs.
BC food, agriculture and seafood products which are safe
• Shift government role to oversight, monitoring
and risk assessment.
• Shift regulations to be results/outcome-based.
|Selected outcome-based regulations in place
||95/5% mix of prescriptive and outcome-based
||Aquaculture regulations outcome- based.
• New performance-based regulations implemented
escape regulations (introduced April 19, 2002); waste control
regulations (introduced September 12, 2002) by Ministry of
Water, Land and Air Protection — WLAP.
• Conducted policy development and consultations
on new outcome based regulations with industry regarding the
de-regulation and re-regulation of the former Milk Industry
Act, Bee Act, Artificial Insemination Regulations, Veterinary
Drug and Medicated Feed Regulations, Veterinary Lab Act.
Help the seafood and agri-food industry meet national and
international standards, access existing markets and target
new specialty markets.
• Support industry-led programs for quality control,
standardized on-farm food safety assurance (e.g., "Hazard
Analysis Critical Control Point" — HACCP) systems, product
identification and tracking programs.
|% of industry production under voluntary
quality certification programs.
||6% of B.C. production under recognized quality
control programs — e.g., Vintners Quality Alliance (VQA)
||Increase to 15% over 3 years.
• VQA and organic continues under recognized quality
• The top five B.C. agri-food commodities (dairy,
cattle, chickens, eggs and tomatoes i.e., approx. 51% of industry)
all have quality assurance programs or written best management
practices available. Combined, this represents about 57% of
|Adoption of Hazard Analysis Critical Control
Point (HACCP)2 principles by:
• agriculture operations
• the shellfish industry at the farm level
• seafood harvesting sector
• food sector (HACCP already in place)
• Agriculture — 0%
• Shellfish — 0%
• Seafood harvesting <5%.
|Increase to 30% over 3 years.
• Agriculture — 0% — Strategic plans
for HACCP programs in the agriculture sector are under development
as part of the national Agricultural Policy Framework.
• Shellfish — 0% — The B.C. Shellfish
Growers Association initiated internal discussions and has
made the adoption of HACCP principles a priority this year.
• Seafood harvesting sector — about 14%
adopted HACCP principles.
|Food safety and quality — within national
• Food safety and quality is a major "chapter"
within the Agricultural Policy Framework (APF) agreement,
a federal/provincial cost sharing program. APF also includes
other chapters on risk management, environmental sustainability,
renewal, innovation and international trade. The new five-year
APF agreement takes effect April 2003, after individual agreements
are signed with participating provinces. APF will enable more
concentrated work on risk identification/assessment and traceback/tracking
systems in B.C.
|On-farm food safety (OFFS)
• The ministry is contributing to the OFFS recognition
process and implementation on B.C. farms. The national recognition
protocol, product identification and tracking programs are
• Farm commodity groups have recognized the importance
of improving food safety practices to meet market expectations
and to prepare growers for future on-farm food safety programs.
Ministry staff conducted on-farm food safety sessions and
individual farm consultations to encourage adoption of good
agricultural practices. As an example, over 500 berry growers
participated in the on-farm food safety training, resulting
in them being better prepared to address food safety concerns
and the coming national on-farm food safety program.
Maintain the health of animal, plant and fish production
• Rapid diagnosis and detection of diseases and
immediate dissemination of control information.
• Enable development and dissemination of advanced
and innovative control options for diseases, invasive pests
and noxious weeds.
|Control options including Integrated Pest
Management (IPM)1 and other techniques available
for diseases, pests and noxious weeds. e.g.: Sterile Insect
||Measures of adoption of advanced control
techniques under development.
*amended to: establish baseline for future measurement.
— baseline established to measure progress in future.
• An analysis was conducted on latest available
information (1998); shows that 77% of berry, 95% of grains/oilseeds,
85% of tree fruit and 85% of field vegetable acreage in B.C.
are produced using IPM practices.
• Surveys will be conducted over the next 2 years
to determine progress.
• Fish health guidelines entitled Required Elements
of a Fish Health Management Plan for Public and Commercial
Fish Culture Facilities are now available on the ministry's
• The new fish health database is being created
to provide a current picture of fish health on a quarterly
basis for the whole industry.
• A ministry fish health audit and surveillance
program is underway with approximately 25% of all active finfish
farms surveyed on a quarterly basis.
• Ministry provided information to B.C. Centre
for Disease Control (CDC), animal owners, and submitters regarding
diseases transmissible to humans. As an example, information
allowed for the investigation of both human and animal cases
of Cryptococcus sp. infection on eastern Vancouver
• Ministry contributed to a West Nile Virus strategy
for B.C. The ministry is working with the CDC and regional
health authorities and others to actively monitor for the
presence of the virus in birds and horses.
• Ministry's Animal Health Centre analyzed over
5,000 material submissions to fulfill the ministry's mission
of surveillance of diseases of economic significance and/or
foreign animal diseases. This enabled specific diagnoses and
recommendations for biosecurity, control, and treatment.
• Harmful weeds double their populations every
five years and continue to reduce agricultural capacity. Crop
losses due to weeds in B.C. are estimated to exceed $50 million
and weeds reduce availability of forage to grazing animals
(domestic and wildlife) by roughly 50%.
• The ministry works in partnership with local
governments to establish and maintain community-based weed
• Biological weed control programs and awareness
programs were conducted to reduce the impacts of established
weeds and prevent large scale invasion of new ones. Nine bioagents
targeted nine invasive noxious weed species, of which three
are effectively controlled and six showing population reductions
in localized areas resulting in the application of less herbicides
and cost savings.
Core Business area 2 — Environmental sustainability and
Goal: Economic development in the agri-food and seafood
sectors that maintains high environmental standards and respects
the environmental concerns of all British Columbians.
Outcome: Job creation, higher productivity, fewer restrictions
on development, fewer regulatory conflicts and good environmental
Develop improved technology and management to increase environmental
sustainability and profitability.
• Implement and enhance farm environmental plans
(including standards, operating procedures and audit processes),
in conjunction with producers, regions and agencies.
• Continue implementation of salmon aquaculture
programs to address key issues related to environmental performance.
• Streamline and update regulations for aquaculture
|Measure of impact of agriculture
on the environment.
Degree to which agriculture farms use best management practices
to protect water and soil quality and prevent damage by wildlife.
(includes service plan measure on "high quality environmental
farm planning systems in place")
|<10% of B.C. farms with environmental
farm plans in place.
||25% over 3 years.
• Environmental Farm Planning program is in final
stages of development.
• Progress on the percentage of B.C. farms with
environmental farm plans in place and adoption of best management
practices will be determined through data comparison in 2003.
• Pilot wildlife-waterfowl damage control and
compensation projects were put in place.
|Standards of Practice (code
of conduct) developed for shellfish aquaculture operations as
||No standards established.
• Extensive consultation with industry and stakeholders
resulted in a Standards of Practice that will provide minimum
standards to which all shellfish farmers must adhere. A regulation
is being drafted to make the standards enforceable as a condition
|Development of standards, policy
and regulation maximizing environmental performance of the aquaculture
• Policy framework for new and emerging fisheries
with Department of Fisheries and Oceans.
• Fish health management plan and standards, industry
• Finfish performance-based waste management standards.
• Refine Escape Prevention Standards.
||Complete all plans and standards.
• Several emerging fisheries are being developed
on a precautionary basis.
• Fish health on farms is being monitored industry
wide with about 25 per cent of farms surveyed quarterly.
• Fish health database almost complete. A report
on industry health status will be available in 2003.
• Achieved — Waste control regulations
were introduced September 12, 2002 by Ministry of Water, Land
and Air Protection.
— Escape regulations were introduced April 19, 2002.
|Outcome measures for the following
will be determined:
• Fish escape standards
• Finfish health management plan.
|68,247 total fish escapes (2000)
55,414 total fish escapes (2001)
voluntary compliance by farm owners.
Fish health management plan in place.
escapes not achieved — fish escapes continue to
Achieved — Required
Elements of a Fish Health Management Plan for Public and Commercial
Fish Culture Facilities in B.C. is now available on the
ministry's web site.
|Development of annual performance
reports for aquaculture:
• Compliance and Enforcement Reports for aquaculture
• Fish Health Report
• An analysis and report of the inspections at
all salmon farms is completed and compiled into an annual
report each year. For the first time, Ministry of Agriculture,
Food and Fisheries inspectors conducted some inspections on
behalf of the Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection because
of a new service agreement. This year's annual report will
combine the findings of both ministries' inspections.
• A report on industry fish health status will
be available in 2003.
Contribute to resource planning processes that reduce land
and water allocation conflicts and enhance access to capable
• Prepare and maintain an agriculture sector strategy
to identify needed resources on an ongoing basis.
• Participate in land-use planning and zoning
processes in conjunction with Ministry of Sustainable Resource
Management to ensure access to resources for agriculture and
|Increased Crown land tenured for shellfish
* amended to 2,276 based on more accurately captured data.
|10% per year increase.
— 2,448 ha (2002).
|Land use planning and access for agriculture
• The ministry supported the preparation of an
Agriculture Sector Strategy for Crown Land Access by the Ministry
of Sustainable Resource Management to identify needed resources
and constraints to access and use.
• The ministry worked to determine which Crown
land areas are most capable and suitable for agriculture.
Staff implemented arability assessment projects resulting
in thousands of hectares of land across the province being
designated as Agriculture Development Areas (ADA) for future
• Several programs continued or were put in place
to deal with crop damage by wildlife.
– East Kootenay Agriculture-Wildlife Damage
Compensation pilot program (in conjunction with producer
groups) — In 2002/03, $820,000 in crop losses was
verified and $650,000 in compensation was paid out to
52 claimants whose crops were significantly damaged by
– B.C. Wild Predator Loss Control and Compensation
pilot program (in conjunction with the B.C. Cattlemen's
Association) — In the first year of the program
(August 2002 to March 2003) total compensation paid to
producers was $28,075 for claims of cattle verified as
killed by predators.
– Delta Forage Compensation pilot program
(in conjunction with several agencies) — 21 producers
received $61,205 in compensation for waterfowl damage
to about 900 acres of forage.
– Eight agriculture/wildlife projects and
two stewardship projects continued in the Interior region.
To date, 70 stackyards have been fenced to reduce stored
feed losses in the Peace River, and 103 km of fencing
was constructed to reduce forage crop losses in the East
|Land resource inventory
• The ministry continued working with the Ministry
of Sustainable Resource Management (MSRM) on coordinating
geographic information systems in government for information
on land use, soil capability, terrain, mapping requirements,
existing base maps and other geographic information needs.
|Living Rivers Strategy
• The ministry continued working with the Ministry
of Water, Land and Air Protection (WLAP) on its Living Rivers
Strategy. The premise is the conservation and restoration
of rivers and watershed systems based on an ecological, science-based
management model and the engagement of the public, private
and voluntary sectors in active stewardship roles.
• A draft discussion paper will be released in
• The ministry is participating in developing
a strategy for inclusion in the province's response to Canada's
climate change plan and the Kyoto Accord.
• The five-year federal/provincial Agricultural
Policy Framework (APF) agreement includes a component on environmental
programs, and will address climate change issues with management
and sustainability targets, including agricultural emissions
of gases that contribute to global warming.
Local government plans, bylaws and other initiatives that
are supportive of, and do not hinder, agriculture and aquaculture
• Support municipal bylaw reviews, and the development
and implementation of local government agriculture plans to
ensure they are supportive of agricultural activity.
• Resolve rural/urban conflicts.
• Review and update "right-to-farm" legislation.
|Bylaw reviews conducted of local governments
with significant agriculture activity (approx. 50) to determine
their support of agricultural activity.
||Reviewed bylaws of 12 out of 50 local governments.
||Bylaws of 5 key jurisdictions improved for
agriculture; Review appropriate bylaws of 5 additional local
governments each year.
• Formal bylaw reviews, mandated by the Local
Government Act regulation were underway in Delta, Langley,
Abbotsford and Kelowna.
Eliminate government subsidies to businesses.
• Discontinue Grazing Enhancement Fund program
by March 31, 2002.
|Eliminate grants to businesses and organizations.
||$2.5 million (Grazing Enhancement Fund).
— $0 — Grazing Enhancement Fund was terminated March
Core Business area 3 — Fisheries and Aquaculture Management
Goal: The most economic benefit possible from fisheries
and aquaculture while protecting the resource.
Outcome: Competitive and self-reliant seafood industry.
Enhance the financial viability, self-sufficiency and environmental
performance of the fisheries and aquaculture sectors.
• Support industry-led development and diversification
projects such as: new species development for the wild and
cultured industry, processing that adds value to the raw product,
use of the by-products, selling into more markets and research
• Relocate poorly-sited finfish farms and site
new technology and new finfish farms.
|Economic growth of the seafood sector —
||$1.056 billion (2000) revised to $1.011 billion
||Increase wholesale value of B.C. seafood
by an average of 4% annually.
$1.2 billion by 2004/05.
• Early estimates for 2002 of the wholesale value
of farmed fish at $332 million and the wholesale value
of the wild fish harvest at $718 million indicate that
total sector growth is on target.
|Successful siting of:
• Poorly-sited finfish farms,
• Alternate technology finfish farms, and
• New finfish farms
|Industry capped at 121 tenures.
7 of 36 farms moved.
|Salt-water new technology farms sited.
Siting of new finfish farms underway and ongoing.
• 17 proposals approved, 5 have been relocated;
12 awaiting federal approval.
• 3 pilots (2 closed containment and 1 alternate
feed) finfish farms sited and operational.
• No new finfish farms were approved in 2002/03.
Objective 2 & 3:
Redefine federal-provincial fisheries governance (roles)
to increase provincial influence over fisheries and revenues.
• Represent and incorporate provincial interests
in federal fisheries management and decision-making processes.
• In conjunction with Intergovernmental Relations,
negotiate with the federal government for greater influence
over fisheries management and revenues.
• Build and maintain co-operative partnerships
for research and development.1
|Provide an effective management framework
for fisheries and aquaculture that does not inhibit the sector's
ability to conduct business effectively.
• Complete the review of fisheries and aquaculture
management and service delivery by 2002/03.
• Harmonize government review and approval processes
for aquaculture (access to Crown land and operation of aquaculture
|Government position on B.C. Seafood Alliance's
eight priority action items including:3
1. Establish a baseline for co-management agreements
for B.C.'s commercial fisheries.
2. Organization and infrastructure to support marketing
and industry research and development.
3. Review effectiveness provincial and federal seafood
||1. Accountability framework.
2. Baseline (benchmark) study.
3. Assess need and establish workplan.
1. a) Federal/provincial committee established to agree on
approach toward addressing action items.
b) "Sustainability through Co-management" summit held
c) Status report on co-managed fisheries in B.C. was
completed and presented at the summit.
2. A contract was issued to undertake basic background
research and industry assessment for a seafood marketing organization.
The report was received in March and will be considered by
both government and industry for further direction.
3. A consultant's discussion paper was received March
2003. It provides an overview of the existing legal framework,
assesses the two regimes and compares key substantive requirements
of each system.
|Influence over federal fisheries management
• Ministers met during mid-2002 and proposed to
the federal government a new Pacific Council of Fisheries
and Aquaculture Ministers. The establishment of the council
would enable the development of a cooperative relationship
between the provincial and federal ministers, which the province
could build on to achieve effective influence.
• The ministry continues to represent and incorporate
provincial interests in federal fisheries and aquaculture
management decision-making processes.
|Aquaculture research and development
• The ministry established a $3.75 million Aquaculture
and Environment Research Fund (Aqua E Fund) through the University
of British Columbia to enable practical work to be undertaken
on the environmental aspects of finfish and shellfish aquaculture
that will address questions of public interest and policy.
|Streamline the aquaculture system
• The government formalized a one-window aquaculture
licence application procedure through Land and Water B.C.
which simplifies the application process for aquaculture proponents.
• The ministry also worked with Fisheries and
Oceans Canada to streamline the application and approval process.
Eliminate government subsidies to businesses and organizations.
• Eliminate development grants by 2002/03.
• Eliminate contributions to the Shellfish Aquaculture
Working Capital Fund.
• Wind up Fisheries Renewal B.C. by March 31,
|Eliminate grants to businesses and organizations.
— $0 — Consistent with government policy to eliminate
subsidies, no further direct government subsidies for seafood
businesses and organizations.
Core Business area 4 — Risk Management
Goal: Provide basic protection to farmers for uncontrollable
and unpredictable disasters such as weather hazards, natural disasters,
disease, pests and erratic markets consistent with trade obligations.
Outcome: Increased private sector responsibility for management
of farming risks, and a more level playing field for industry relative
to other jurisdictions to effectively mitigate unpredictable, uncontrollable
Assist farmers to manage risks from natural disasters, weather
hazards, disease, pests, and erratic markets; review and improve
the effectiveness of risk management programs; reduce the
likelihood of demands for ad-hoc government financial assistance.
• Discontinue NISA (Net Income Stabilization Account)
Interest Bonus by 2002/03. Discontinue provincial participation
in NISA or WFIP (Whole Farm Insurance Program) by 2004/05.
• Continue delivering crop insurance program while
examining private sector options for risk management.
|Private sector delivery of components of
crop insurance programs by 2004/05.
||Virtually 0% of program sales component
||Move toward private sales delivery.
* target amended to evaluate delivery options including
private delivery of some or all functions
• Internal assessment of options completed. Further
analysis and decision to proceed has been delayed until new
Production (crop) Insurance priorities are established —
• Private sector delivery: re-evaluating private
sector delivery targets to consider the implications of the
new Agricultural Policy Framework (APF) agreement and linkages
between risk management programs in the APF.
|Provincial participation in income stabilization
||NISA and Whole Farm Insurance Program in
||Either/or but not both or a new lower cost
alternative program by 04/05.
• Under the APF, WFIP and NISA will be rationalized
and combined into one.
|Impact of weather-related crop disasters
||Insurable crops covered by insurance ranges
from 30% to 90%.
||70% of all insurable crops covered by insurance
over three years.
• Participation levels achieved in most crops.
• New Production Insurance agreement is being
negotiated as part of APF with more flexibility to improve
sales in low participation crops such as forages.
|APF impacts on NISA and Whole Farm Insurance
• The ministry service plan indicated that farm
income stabilization programs needed to be rationalized which
requires the discontinuation of either NISA (Net Income Stabilization
Account) or WFIP (Whole Farm Insurance Program).
• Through negotiations of programs under the Agricultural
Policy Framework (APF), the ministry has presented its positions
to achieve this result. However, the expected expenditure
reductions are not likely to be achieved.
|Crop Insurance program
(see data below)
• In 2002, the crop insurance program provided
insurance coverage valued at about $273 million across six
major commodity groups i.e., berries, forage, grain, grapes,
tree fruits and vegetables. Crop losses in 2002 were well
below normal with claims from all crops totalling about $4
million. The largest losses occurred as a result of spring
frost on tree fruits ($2.5 million) and excessive spring moisture
in the grain producing areas of the Peace River area ($0.5
million). The crop insurance program premium revenue from
all sources was approximately $15.8 million.
|Whole Farm Insurance program
• The Whole Farm Insurance Program (WFIP) received
434 claim applications from B.C. farmers for the 2001 claim
year. Out of that total, 245 received payments averaging $38,706
each for a total program payout of $9.48 million.
||2001 crop year
||2002 crop year
||2003 crop year
|Value of crops covered
|Loss ratio of claims to premiums (10 year
|Administration costs as a percentage of
Maintain a reasonably level playing field in publicly supported
agricultural risk management programs compared to competing
jurisdictions; receive a fair share of federal funding for
risk management programs offered to Canadian farmers.
• Negotiate with federal government for new national
farm insurance programs1 by March 31, 2003.
• Phase down publicly supported agricultural risk
management and encourage private sector options subject to
|Federal funding to B.C. farmers is proportionate
to that in other provinces.
||4.8% of federal expenditures
(based on B.C.'s share of Canada's farm cash receipts).
|Up to 6% of federal expenditures over three
years (dependent on provincial cost-sharing).
• The new risk management component of APF is
demand-driven; full industry participation is needed in order
to achieve the target 6% share of federal funding for B.C.
over three years.
|Availability of private sector risk management
||Limited and specific tools available and
||Broader range of tools available and being
utilized over long-term
• The new APF agreement encourages new public
and private risk management tools. It broadens the focus of
risk to include food safety and environmental hazards.
|National farm insurance program
• British Columbia's intent is to phase down direct
provincial government expenditures in agriculture risk management
programs in the long term. This is dependent on a new WTO
agreement which is seeking to reduce agricultural subsidies
world-wide. The objective in the meantime is to develop a
more business-like approach that focuses on profitability
rather than income support, including higher farmer funding
and private delivery where feasible. Participation in national
programs will give B.C. farmers a more level playing field
with producers in other provinces.
Implement the recommendations following the regulated marketing
• Provide policy framework for marketing boards
to improve market responsiveness, encourage specialty products
and further processing in B.C. over a three-year period.
|Regulated marketing review completed.
||Current governance system.
||Repeal two marketing boards (grape and tree
• Review completed.
• Grape and tree fruit marketing boards were repealed.
• A new governance framework1 has been
Core Business area 5 — Industry Competitiveness
Goal: An agriculture, fisheries, aquaculture and food sector
that is competitive in a global economy and provides economic benefit
and stability to British Columbia's rural and coastal communities.
Outcome: More profitable and growing sector.
Enable and implement self-funding systems to increase industry
self-reliance and reduce dependence on government funding,
and eliminate subsidies to businesses and organizations.
• Enable levy systems for industry to fund its
own technology and development.
• Eliminate grants to entities including BUY B.C.,
B.C. Fairs & Exhibitions Assn., B.C. Wine Institute, B.C.
• Accelerate contributions to the Okanagan Valley
Tree Fruit Authority to enable meeting of the government's
commitment to support the tree replant program by 2003/04
instead of 2005/06.
|Increased self-reliance of the agriculture
sector; % of industry covered by self-financing organizations.
amended to 63%.1
|50% over 3 years.
amended to 70% over 3 years.1
• 63% of B.C. production is represented by commodities
that use levies to fund programming or have self-financing
|Eliminate grants to businesses and organizations.
The Okanagan Valley Tree Fruit Authority (OVTFA) replant
commitment completed by 2003/04.
$0 — Subsidies and grants that were identified in the
core review process have been eliminated as of March 31, 2003.
These include: BUY B.C., B.C. Fairs & Exhibitions Assn., B.C.
Wine Institute, B.C. Agriculture Council, Fisheries Renewal
Ahead of schedule —
OVTFA was terminated as of March 31, 2003. The ministry accessed
contingency funds of $7.55 million in order to complete its
budgeted final commitment one year early for the orchard replant
program that was delivered through the OVTFA up to March 31,
2003. This allowed for the efficient transfer of the program
to the private sector. This replant program will continue
to provide funding to the tree fruit industry through to March
31, 2006. This also put the ministry ahead of schedule in
meeting the 2004/05 budget targets.
Increase access to government information and expertise.
• Discontinue government direct technical advisory
services by March 2003; close specific district offices.
• Expand electronic information delivery in partnership
with agriculture and seafood industry agencies, technology
organizations and private information providers; then privatize
|Enhanced access to electronic information
(in addition to the information already available to all consumers).
% of agriculture and seafood industry that have information
accessible in electronic form and # of industry sectors with
electronic information available on InfoBasket (ministry's
specific electronic service).
|Accessible to 30% of industry.
i.e., 4 sectors.
|Accessible to 40% of industry.
4 more sectors added.
|Ahead of target
— Seven new industries/sectors have been added to the
InfoBasket Web Portal, bringing the total number of commodities
to 13. This represents approximately 59% of industry production.
• InfoBasket webstats show a 50% increase in usage
from January 2002 to January 2003.
• Electronic information continued to be widely
available to all consumers on a wide variety of topics including
production techniques, marketing, and statistics.
|Closure of ministry offices.
||Six district offices closed.
• As part of the increased need to be cost-effective
in both program and service delivery, six regional offices
throughout the province were closed during fiscal 2002/2003.
Direct technical advisory services have been reduced but a
more targeted professional advisory service remains to support
the agriculture community. The outcome is to have much of
the information that was provided by the regional office to
be delivered electronically providing industry with online
access to core business services.
|Client satisfaction and awareness.
Market survey of service quality in program delivery.
|Survey under development.
• Surveys were not undertaken in light of ongoing
program restructuring to meet core business program objectives.
These surveys will be developed and carried out in future
years as programs are clarified.
Advocate for B.C.'s interests on all issues such as labour
issues and fair share of federal funding; and reduce negative
impacts on the sector from excessive regulation, tax policy
and cross-government policy.
• Examine all programs to reduce excessive regulation.
|Reduced red tape, outcome-based regulations
(environmental and labour), and supportive tax policy.
||Prescriptive, inflexible regulations.
||60% outcome-based regulations in place over
• On target — The ministry reduced regulatory
requirements by 12% (544 requirements) by March 31, 2003.
• On target to achieve 60% outcome-based regulations
in three years.
• Complicated and uneven property and sales tax
systems affecting farmers were changed to encourage production
of new crops to diversify their income base, to add legitimate
farm inputs as exempt from sales tax, and further encourage
on-farm packing of their own products.
Enhance trade access by resolving international and interprovincial
barriers; resolve trade impediments affecting British Columbia
agri- and seafood products.
• Support trade negotiations, advocate for B.C.
interests and build strategic alliances.
• Advocate for reduced subsidies, investment rules
and effective dispute settlement in domestic and international
|Eliminate identified interprovincial trade
barriers (e.g., imitation dairy products, federal grain transportation
policy, provincial investment subsidies).
||Three priority barriers.
||Elimination of key barriers over three years.
— Barriers remain.
• Re: imitation Dairy Products barriers —
consulted with Ontario under Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT).
Now exhausted the AIT's agri-food consultation process. Requested
the Ministry of Competition, Science and Enterprise to pursue
other avenues under AIT dispute settlement procedures.
• Re: grain transportation and investment subsidies
— developed several strategies to promote recognition
and strengthening of AIT obligations.
• Trade advocacy continued.1
|First Nations participation in the economy
• The ministry continued programs to increase
the capacity of First Nations to support training and skill
development, achieve joint ventures with private organizations
and partially fund First Nation agriculture, food and fisheries
• Aboriginal Agriculture Initiative: a funding
agreement with First Nations Lending Association was completed
and the program now being implemented.
• BC Aboriginal Fisheries Commission held a Fish
Farming and the Environment meeting in September 2002 and
is planning an Aquaculture Environmental Monitoring Workshop
in May 2003.
• Completed a baseline survey of First Nations
in Central and Northern B.C. to identify the potential agricultural
• The ministry worked with the Ministry of Skills
Development and Labour (MSDL) to ensure the new Employment
Standards Act (ESA) regulations for agriculture do not
detrimentally impact agriculture's competitiveness.
• The ministry supported MSDL in development of
a Memorandum of Understanding with industry to strengthen
workplace ESA compliance. As a result, new regulations
may exempt agriculture from hours of work and overtime provisions
of the ESA. Industry had indicated that this was their single
most important issue with the regulations.
• The ministry conveyed B.C.'s position for the
World Trade Organization anti-dumping and countervailing negotiations
to the federal government in a major provincial policy paper,
developed by the Ministry, and Ministries of Competition,
Science and Enterprise and Forestry in consultation with British
Columbia industry. Anti-dumping and countervailing duty actions
against B.C. agriculture exports have become a significant
challenge for the provincial agriculture sector.
• The ministry joined with other provinces and
US state governments to promote greater compatibility between
Canada-US pesticide regulations.
• The ministry assisted in developing exports
of specific products such as dairy genetics which represent
a farm revenue diversification opportunity for B.C. dairy
producers and genetics' industries. An estimated $15 million
in sales of Holstein cattle, embryos and semen were realized.
The US cattle demand softened in early 2003 due to depressed
milk prices, which will reduce breeding cattle sales for the
balance of year.
Core Business area 6 — Corporate Services
Goal: Effective policy, legislation and trade programs,
and measurable objectives of performance.
Outcome: Modern, service-oriented policies and legislation,
significantly reduced government regulation, a fair share of federal
expenditures, enhanced trade access, and an efficient, accountable
Provide the ministry with administrative and financial services
that help the ministry operate efficiently and effectively
while ensuring compliance with government policies and procedures.
• Co-ordinate the preparation of annual expenditure,
revenue and capital budgets, and carry out subsequent budgetary
• Participate in implementing administrative efficiency
processes (e.g., online procurement) identified by the Best
|95% of suppliers and contractors are paid
within 30 days of goods received or invoice date.
||95% in 30 days.
||95% in 30 days.
• Targets met.
|Actual expenditures do not exceed budgets.
• Targets met (see below).
• Budget targets were successfully met and slightly
under-expended for 2002/03.
• However some additional contingency funding
was required to meet the ministry's commitment one year early
for the orchard replant program delivered through the Okanagan
Valley Tree Fruit Authority (OVTFA); the OVTFA was terminated
as of March 31, 2003 although the replant program was transferred
to an industry-led organization (Investment Agriculture Foundation)
and will continue to be delivered to growers through to 2006.
Access of contingencies enables the ministry to be ahead of
target in meeting expenditure reduction targets for fiscal
• Service agreements are under negotiation with
appropriate agencies for human resources, finance/admin and
information technology. These had yet to be finalized as of
March 31, 2003.
Maintain and enhance a modern human resource policy that
recognizes a changing workplace and which effectively implements
change management strategies.
• Develop a comprehensive human resource management
plan related to succession planning, recruitment, performance
measurement and training.
|Human resource plan implementation.
||Human resource plan under development.
||Human resource plan being implemented.
• A comprehensive human resource management plan
was in development; it encourages/develops leadership while
providing for succession planning, recruitment, performance
measurement and training.
• It will be implemented over the next five years.
Maintain a future-oriented and effective policy, legislative
and planning framework to support the ministry's operations
in achieving its goals.
• Re-orient and streamline legislation/regulations
in line with the new mandate and the deregulation initiative,
in conjunction with other ministries.
• Influence the policies and regulations of other
governments to support agri-food and fisheries development.
|A streamlined regulatory framework is in
4,538 regulatory "requirements."
|Reduce to maximum of 3,025 "requirements"
over three years.
• The ministry reduced regulatory requirements
by 12% (544 requirements) as of March 31, 2003.
(see Deregulation section following)
Increase the provincial share of federal expenditures, particularly
in farm safety nets, research and export promotion.
• Represent the Province of British Columbia on
federal/ provincial committees (trade, safety net agreement,
|Federal cost-sharing formula is maintained
||minimum 60:40 maintained over 3 years.
future is dependent on successful implementation of the Agricultural
Policy Framework (APF) agreement being negotiated with the federal
Reducing red-tape and removing barriers
- The ministry's starting base count of regulatory requirements
at June 2001 was 4,538. That number will be reduced by one third
to 3,026 requirements by June 2004 (1,512 requirements).
- Deregulation plans are underway in five subject areas:
- Food safety and quality;
- Regulated marketing;
- Commercial fisheries and aquaculture;
- Livestock; and
- Cross-government and miscellaneous.
- The ministry reduced regulatory requirements by 12% (544 requirements)
as of March 31, 2003.
- Legislation repealing nine obsolete or redundant statues was
in final stages of development at fiscal year-end. The legislation
has been enacted, and consequential changes to regulations will
take place throughout 2003/04.