Government Relations

What is it?

Government relations (GR) facilitates the education and exchange of information, experience and ideas between farmers and staff with key decision makers on Parliament Hill, and respective provincial governments. In engaging in this type of relationship building, we seek to influence and improve government policies, build relationships, and promote the chicken sector in Canada

Why is government relations important to Canadian chicken farmers?

Working with elected officials of all levels, Senators, key public servants and political staff is a key component of the work Chicken Farmers of Canada does on behalf of the chicken sector. Government relations plays a central role in advocacy and education on behalf of its members—YOU!—representing the organization, its brand, and garnering support and guidance on various issues. Government relations at Chicken Farmers of Canada can also help you better understand how government in general works – from how a bill becomes a law, to how grassroots involvement can influence national policy, to the importance of building relationships with not only your local representative, but everyone along the chain of command.

Mandated by the Board of Directors, the role of government relations at Chicken Farmers of Canada is to ensure that the voices of our farmers are heard and recognized by decision makers, both domestically and internationally, when important agriculture, trade, food safety and animal welfare policy decisions are made.

How do we do it?

Chicken Farmers of Canada employs a variety of engagement practices in order to get our message across. Whether it is issues-based, or an ongoing conversation about a topic, farmers and staff perform different types of outreach on a daily basis. Some examples include:

  • Annual Lobby Day on Parliament Hill
  • Correspondence
  • In-person meetings
  • MP recipe contests
  • News from the Hill quarterly newsletter

From Private Member’s Bills, Committee studies, or government legislation, we keep the government apprised and accountable of how the work they do every day, can impact our sector, and Canadians’ food.

What do we need the government to know?

The chicken sector in Canada makes a valuable contribution to the Canadian economy, and we are an important player in our domestic food chain. In addition to our 2,800 chicken farmers and 191 processors, the sector generates employments in not only farming and processing, but veterinary work, transportation, retail, restaurants and more. The sector helps sustain both rural and urban communities from coast to coast. The sector:

  • Sustains 87,200 jobs;
  • Contributes $6.8 billion to Canada’s Gross Domestic Product;
  • Pays $2.2 billion in taxes,
  • Purchases 2.6 million tons of feed, supporting other farmers in turn
  • Grows on average of 4% per year

 

Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying

The Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying of Canada regulates and monitors all lobbying activity in the country. The office ensures transparency and accountability in the lobbying of public office holders, in order to increase the public’s confidence in the integrity of government decision-making.

So what is Lobbying?

Lobbying is communicating, with Designated Public Office Holder (The Prime Minister, Members of Parliament, Ministers, Senators, and all political staff, as well as senior public servants such as Deputy and Assistant Deputy Ministers), with regard to:

  • The making, developing or amending of federal legislative proposals, bills or resolutions, regulations, policies or programs;
  • The awarding of federal grants, contributions or other financial benefits; and
  • In the case of consultant lobbyists, the awarding of a federal government contract and arranging a meeting between their client and a public office holder.

Lobbyists must register any of this activity with the federal Commissioner.

All Chicken Farmers of Canada Directors are registered as Consultant Lobbyists with the Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying, and as such, are required to report any communications they have with designated public office holders. If you had, or think you had, a reportable meeting with a Designated Public Office Holder, please contact Chicken Farmers of Canada’s Lauren Kennedy with the details.

Find your Member of Parliament

http://www.ourcommons.ca/Parliamentarians/en/members

News Sources to Watch

The Hill Times
www.hilltimes.com

National Newswatch
http://www.nationalnewswatch.com/

iPolitics
https://ipolitics.ca/

Party Contact Information

Liberal Party of Canada
Leader: Justin Trudeau
www.liberal.ca
920-350 Albert Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1P 6M8
1-888-542-3725

Conservative Party of Canada
Leader: Andrew Scheer
http://www.conservative.ca/
1204-130 Albert Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1P 5G4
1-866-808-8407

New Democratic Party
Leader: Jagmeet Singh
www.ndp.ca
300-279 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, Ontario
K1P 5J9
1-866-525-2555

Green Party
Leader: Elizabeth May
www.greenparty.ca
PO Box 997, Station B
Ottawa, Ontario
K1P 5R1
1-866-868-3447

Bloc Québécois
Leader: Martine Ouellet
http://www.blocquebecois.org/
3750, boul. Crémazie
bureau 502
Montréal (Québec)
H2A 1B6
1-514-526-3000