Business & Policy
Western Canadian farmers who dealt with drought and wildfires receive funding
October 23, 2023 By Top Crop Manager
The Government of Canada has allocated $219 million through the AgriRecovery Framework to support farmers and ranchers in Western Canada who are dealing with extraordinary costs due to drought conditions and wildfires.
Canadian farmers and ranchers in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan have faced a number of challenges this growing season, including drought and wildfires. The funding is aimed at helping them recover and ensure they have the tools they need to continue to be resilient in the face of natural disasters and extreme weather events.
“This summer was an extremely challenging time for B.C.’s farmers and ranchers as we dealt with unprecedented drought and wildfire,” says Pam Alexis, B.C. minister of Agriculture and Food. “We’ve been listening to and working with farmers and ranchers and providing programs and support that meet their unique needs. AgriRecovery is another way we are taking action to protect the livelihoods of our province’s food producers, helping them return to their land, while supporting local food security and our local economies.”
Producers can also apply for interim payments through AgriStability to help them cope with immediate financial challenges. Producers have access to a comprehensive suite of Business Risk Management (BRM) programs — including AgriStability, AgriInsurance and AgriInvest — that are the first line of defence when facing disasters.