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
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.
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:
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.
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:
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:
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.
The Hill Times
Liberal Party of Canada
Leader: Justin Trudeau
920-350 Albert Street
Conservative Party of Canada
Leader: Andrew Scheer
1204-130 Albert Street
New Democratic Party
Leader: Jagmeet Singh
300-279 Laurier Avenue West
Leader: Elizabeth May
PO Box 997, Station B
Leader: Martine Ouellet
3750, boul. Crémazie