Federal government invests to grow exports for Canada’s red meat sector
Exporting & Importing
The federal government is investing up to $543,271 to support efforts by the Canadian Meat Council (CMC) to grow Canada’s red meat exports. With funding under the AgriMarketing Program, CMC will implement a global market strategy that aims to maintain existing markets and identify new opportunities to diversify trade.
In collaboration with the Canadian Pork Council (CPC) and the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA), CMC is undertaking activities such as trade advocacy missions, engaging with in-market intelligence specialists, and arranging inspection visits by international officials to demonstrate compliance with food safety standards for export. This work will help build and strengthen relationships with foreign industry partners and boost Canada’s reputation for high-quality and safe products.
Canada’s red meat sector is an important part of the Canadian economy with exports worth more than $9.4 billion in 2021. Increasing exports benefits Canadian producers and processors by stimulating economic activity and helping to grow their sales in international markets.
“Canada’s red meat industry is a strong driver of our nation’s economy. This investment will help the industry diversity its exports and develop markets by building new trade relationships. Our producers and processors are at the heart of the vitality of our rural communities, and we will continue to support them,” said Marie-Claude Bibeau, agriculture and agri-food minister.
“CMC along with Canadian Pork Council and Canadian Cattlemen’s Association are grateful for the support given to our industry through the AgriMarketing program. This funding allows us to do valuable advocacy by reaching out to our counterparts and build allies to help influence decision-making in these markets. We are thankful that the government recognizes the importance of foreign markets for the meat industry as the demand keeps growing for our high-quality Canadian meat around the world,” added Chris White, president and CEO, Canadian Meat Council.