In Canada, April 1 marked the official launch of the Growing Forward 2 (GF2) policy framework, a $3 billion dollar investment by federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) governments and the foundation for government agricultural programs and services over the next five years. GF2 programs will focus on innovation, competitiveness and market development to ensure Canadian producers and processors have the tools and resources they need to continue to innovate and capitalize on emerging market opportunities. GF2 includes $2 billion cost-shared on a 60:40 basis for programs delivered by provinces and territories, and $1 billion for federally delivered strategic initiatives. Under GF2, FPT cost-shared investments will increase by 50% and provincial and territorial governments will have greater flexibility to tailor programs to local needs.
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