Meat sector calls on Government to reverse course to keep food prices affordable and help save rural Canada’s economy

Meat sector calls on Government to reverse course to keep food prices affordable and help save rural Canada’s economy  Changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker program have had a disproportionate impact in rural areas Recent changes to foreign worker rules from the Government of Canada are

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CMC Urges Support for Temporary Foreign Workers to Reinforce Canada’s Meat Industry

Last week, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Marc Miller and the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development, Randy Boissonnault announced changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP),  challenging the ability for meat processors to fulfill the needs of Canadian consumers. Years of successive Agri-food

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Canadian Meat Council statement on recently announced USDA labeling rules

In response to the recently announced USDA rules  “Product of USA” Label Claim to Enhance Consumer Protection, Canadian Meat Council’s President & CEO, Chris White, issued the following response:  “For decades, we have worked with our North American counterparts to create one of the most integrated

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CMC, COMECARNE & Meat Institute Sign Joint Statement of Coordination

Strengthens Collaboration on Behalf of North American Meat Industry Playa del Carmen, Mexico – To deepen meat industry coordination and government collaboration in Canada, Mexico and the United States, the Canadian Meat Council (CMC), Consejo Mexicano de la Carne (COMECARNE), and the Meat Institute signed a

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New Campaign Urges the Federal Government to Defend Canada’s Science-Based Standards in International Meat Industry

       Ottawa, ON – Today, the Canadian Cattle Association, Canadian Meat Council, and National Cattle Feeders’ Association are publicly launching our campaign “Say No to A Bad Deal” to stand up for science-based trade standards. In July, the Government of Canada announced the accession

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Canadian Beef and Pork Industries Strongly Opposed to UK Accession to CPTPP Outcomes for Canadian Meat

Saturday, July 15, 2023 Ottawa, ON – The Canadian Meat Council (CMC), Canadian Cattle Association (CCA), and the Canadian Pork Council (CPC) are deeply disappointed with the agreement announced by the Minister of Trade today to grant the United Kingdom (UK) accession to the Comprehensive and

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CMC supports the extension to the Agri-Food Pilot, aiding access to permanent residence for workers and their families

Ottawa ON- Today, The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, announced the extension of the Agri-Food Pilot, which helps address labour challenges in the Canadian agri-food sector. The pilot, launched in 2020, provides a pathway to permanent residence for experienced workers in the

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CMC discouraged by the access achieved for meat products in latest trade deal

Ottawa, ON –  Yesterday, International Trade Minister Mary Ng announced that Canada has reached a market access agreement that will form the basis for the United Kingdom (UK) to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). This agreement will significantly impact Canada’s access

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CMC reacts to the federal budget and recently announced labour measures

  Today, the federal government tabled it’s 2023 budget “A Made-in-Canada Plan: Strong Middle Class, Affordable Economy, Healthy Future.” Upon review, CMC is pleased to see the Budget’s commitment to funding $57.5 million over 5 years for a Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) Vaccine Bank. An

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Statement: Proposed changes to “Product of USA” labeling regulations would be costly and disruptive to North American supply chains

          Proposed changes to “Product of USA” labeling regulations would be costly and disruptive to North American supply chains Tuesday, March 7 (Ottawa, ON) Yesterday, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) proposed changes to its voluntary “Product of the USA” labeling

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CMC Welcomes New Staff Member

CMC is pleased to welcome Lauren Martin as Senior Director, Government Relations and Policy. Lauren will assist the organization in meeting its strategic objectives by engaging with government and industry stakeholders on behalf of the meat processing industry. She joins CMC after working with the Canadian

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Statement: Canadian meat industry pleased to see exemption for ground meats in Health Canada’s final Front-of-Package labelling regulations

June 30, 2022 (Ottawa, ON) Today, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health announced the finalized Front-of-Package labelling regulations, part of the Government of Canada’s Healthy Eating Strategy. In the finalized regulations, ground beef and pork are exempt from the requirement of having a front-of-package warning

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Release: CMC Appoints First-Ever Woman as Chair of the Board of Directors  

Ottawa (ON) June 27, 2022 – As the Canadian Meat Council (CMC) celebrated its 100th anniversary and conference this month in Ottawa; the occasion was also marked by appointing Kerry Towle as Chair of the Board of Directors for the next two years.  “It was long

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Canada’s food and beverage manufacturing sector applauds the government for investments in labour in Budget 2022

For four months, the coalition of leading Canadian food and beverage manufacturing associations has been advocating for an Emergency Foreign Work Program, to secure relief for the sectors debilitating labour crisis. This past Monday, the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, the Honourable Carla

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Canada’s food manufacturers applaud adoption of industry’s emergency labour proposal

The coalition of leading Canadian food and beverage manufacturing associations and their members applaud the federal government for taking concrete action to address the debilitating labour crisis impacting Canada’s food supply. Changes to the Temporary Foreign Workers (TFW) Program announced by federal Minister Qualtrough today will

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Release: Canadian Agriculture and Food Industry Calls for Government Action to Restore Essential Transport and Trade Corridors

February 11, 2022 Ottawa, ON – With the prolonged disruptions at Canada-U.S. border crossings, Canada’s agriculture and food industry is calling for an immediate conclusion of the blockades and for all levels of government to work collaboratively towards action to reinstate integral transport and trade corridors.

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CMC’s Federal Election Red Meat Sector Priorities

Click here to read CMC’s 2021 Federal Election Red Meat Sector Priorities

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Release: Canada now negligible risk for BSE

May 27, 2021 (Ottawa, ON) – The Canadian Meat Council (CMC) is very pleased to see today’s announcement by the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food that Canada has been officially recognized by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) World Assembly of Delegates

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Meat Processing Workers Need to be High Priority for Phase 2 of Covid-19 Vaccinations in ALL Provinces

Thursday, March 11, 2021 (Ottawa, ON) – The Canadian Meat Council (CMC) is urging all provinces to identify meat workers as a priority group for phase 2 of vaccinations for Covid-19. Premier Ford announced on Friday that Ontario meat processors would have priority in phase 2

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Release: After Healthcare Workers, Essential Meat Workers High Priority for COVID Vaccine

Tuesday, December 8, 2020 (Ottawa, ON) – Essential meat workers need to be a priority group of workers to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The meat industry was among the first sectors to be challenged with the pandemic, and since March the industry has implemented effective mitigation

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CMC Infographic Labour Needs

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Agri-Food Immigration Pilot now open

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, IRCC had delayed the opening of the application process for the Agri-Food Immigration Pilot. As of May 15, 2020, you can now apply. The Agri-Food Immigration Pilot helps address the labour needs of the Canadian agri-food sector by testing a new

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Release: Red Meat Industry Receives Federal Funding for Covid-19

Industry Working with Health Officials to Protect the Unsung Heroes who Feeds Canadians May 5, 2020 (Ottawa, ON) – Following extensive measures to stem the spread of COVID-19 at plants across the country, Canada’s meat packers and processors today gain access to federal funding. Meat processing

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CMC Welcomes New Chairman

Ottawa (ON) May 4, 2020 – The Canadian Meat Council (CMC) is proud to announce the appointment of Sylvain Fournaise as Chairman of their Board of Directors for the next two years. “I am looking forward to working with the Board and CMC as we are

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Red Meat Industry Donates to Red Cross Efforts in China

March 11, 2020 (Ottawa, ON)  – The Canadian Red Meat Industry has made a $50,000 donation to the Canadian Red Cross to support their work with the Red Cross Society of China and its efforts in responding to the Novel-Corona Virus (COVID-19) outbreak.  “We see daily

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