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Environmental Sustainability Initiative
(ESI)

1991 - 1992

The Agreement


This AGREEMENT made this 6th day of September 1991,

 

BETWEEN:

HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN in right of Canada (herein referred to as "Canada"), represented by the Minister of Agriculture;

AND:

HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN in right of Ontario (herein referred to as "Ontario"), represented by the Minister of Agriculture and Food

WHEREAS Canada and Ontario recognize that agri-food sector producers may be suffering severe income losses as a consequence of environmental degradation;

WHEREAS Canada and Ontario recognize the need to conserve and enhance the natural resources that agriculture uses and shares;

WHEREAS Canada and Ontario recognize the need for agriculture to be compatible with other environmental resources that are affected by agriculture;

WHEREAS Canada and Ontario recognize the need to be proactive in protecting the agri-food sector from the environmental impacts caused by other sectors and factors external to agriculture;

WHEREAS the Federal/Provincial Agriculture Committee on Environmental Sustainability, established under the Agri-Food Policy Review, has developed an action plan to address resource base and environmental quality issues facing Canada's agri-food sector;

WHEREAS Canada and Ontario plan to sign an "Environmental Sustainability Accord Respecting the Agri-Food Sector" which shall provide umbrella guidelines and a management structure for this Agreement;

WHEREAS the Governor-in-Council by Order in Council P.C. 19911/939 of the 23rd day of May, 1991, has authorized the Minister of Agriculture to enter into this Agreement on behalf of Canada; WHEREAS the Lieutenant Governor-in-Council by Order in Council No. 3032/90 of the 31st day of July, 1990, has authorized the Minister of Agriculture and Food to undertake the work described in section 2, Schedule A to this Agreement on behalf of Ontario;

NOW THEREFORE the parties hereto mutually agree as follows;

1. DEFINITIONS

1.1 "Federal Minister" means the Minister of Agriculture for Canada and includes any person authorized to act on the Minister's behalf.
1.2 "Federal Responsible Officer" means the federal officer designated to manage this Agreement.
1.3 "Fiscal Year" means a period of one year commencing on April 1 and ending on March 31.
1.4 "Ministers" refers to the Federal and Provincial Ministers who are signatory to this Agreement.
1.5 "Program" or "Initiative" means a principle component of this Agreement as outlined in the workplan.
1.6 "Provincial Minister" means the Minister of Agriculture and Food for Ontario and includes any person authorized to act on the Minister's behalf.
1.7 "Provincial Responsible Officer" means the provincial officer designated to manage this Agreement.
1.8 "Workplan" means a plan that sets out the federal and provincial actions and resources for each Program or Initiative under this Agreement.

2. PURPOSE

2.1 The overall purpose of this Agreement is to facilitate effective resource management and environmental sustainability practices as a key to increasing long term financial returns to agri-food sector producers, sustainability of the natural resource base for agriculture, and competitiveness of the agri-food sector.

3. IMPLEMENTATION AND MANAGEMENT

3.1 This Agreement shall be co-managed by a Federal/Provincial Agreement Management Committee. This Federal/Provincial Agreement Management Committee shall be the same committee presently responsible for the National Soil Conservation Program in Ontario.

The duties of the Management Committee shall be to:

  1. ensure that the intent and the Terms and Conditions of this Agreement are carried out;

  2. develop a workplan required to implement the intent of this Agreement;

  3. review the activities of both parties periodically to ensure consistency with the intent of this Agreement;

  4. coordinate activities with other departments and agencies within their respective governments;

  5. ensure the environmental soundness of all Programs and projects under this Agreement;

  6. ensure that projects under this Agreement are reviewed, approved and inspected for eligibility;

  7. approve all amendments to any Program under this Agreement where it considers that the purpose of this Agreement would be furthered;

  8. approve public information and promotional material released under this Agreement;

  9. establish advisory and technical committees as are deemed necessary to carry out the implementation of this Agreement;

  10. carry out any other powers or functions specified elsewhere in this Agreement.

3.2 The Federal Minister shall designate the Federal Responsible Officer(s) and the Provincial Minister shall designate the Provincial Responsible Officer(s) with equal Federal/Provincial representation.
3.3 Canada and Ontario shall provide the Agreement Management Committee with all data and information deemed necessary to carry out its responsibilities;
3.4 Subject to the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act of Canada, Canada and the Province shall provide the Agreement Management Committee with all information necessary for the performance of its functions. In case of written information, it is understood that all the information shared by one party to the other shall not be considered confidential unless both parties treat the shared information in confidentiality.

4. WORKPLAN

4.1 Canada and Ontario agree to undertake a work planning process for the implementation of this Agreement. The Workplan shall be reviewed and updated as required by the Agreement Management Committee.
4.2 The Workplan shall define the principles, financial and human resource commitments, activities and delivery arrangements for this Agreement consistent with the types of projects listed in Schedule A of this Agreement.
4.3 Approval of the Workplan shall be through the signatures of the Agreement Management Committee for this Agreement.
4.4 The Workplan may include, but is not restricted to, details of activities under each program element. These activities shall address the natural resource and environmental quality issues facing the agri-food sector in Ontario. The activities shall focus on one or more of the eight issues identified in the Report of the Federal-Provincial Agriculture Committee on Environmental Sustainability to Agriculture Ministers dated June 30, 1990.

5. FINANCIAL PROVISIONS

5.1 Notwithstanding anything in this Agreement, the total contributions payable by Canada shall not exceed One Million Eight Hundred Thousand Dollars ($1,800,000).
5.2 Notwithstanding anything in this Agreement, the total contributions payable by Ontario shall not exceed One Million Eight Hundred Thousand Dollars ($1,800,000).
5.3 Each party shall be responsible for financing its own activities as defined in the Workplan; and within its own activities, each party may shift its funds from one project to another based on need.
5.4 The financial provisions to be addressed in the Workplan shall include:
  1. the work implementation responsibilities of each party and the resources to be committed by each party, and;

  2. clear identification of the costs which shall be regarded as a contribution under this Agreement.

5.5 Pursuant to Section 40 of the Financial Administration Act, the financial obligations of Canada hereunder are subject to the express condition that there be an appropriation by the Parliament of Canada for the funds necessary for the Fiscal Year in which they are required.
5.6 The financial obligations of Ontario hereunder are subject to the express condition that there be an appropriation by the Legislative Assembly of Ontario for the funds necessary for the Fiscal Year in which they are required.
5.7 Canada and Ontario agree to obligate recipients of funds pursuant to this Agreement to repay overpayments, unexpended balances and disallowed expenses and make a declaration that such amounts constitute debts due the Crown.
5.8 Administrative costs incurred by Ontario under this Agreement shall be borne by Ontario.
5.9 mAdministrative costs incurred by Canada under this Agreement shall be borne by Canada.

6. PAYMENT AND AUDITS

6.1 Method of Payment
  1. Monies expended by the province on acceptable environmental sustainability Initiatives since April 1, 1990 and not already cost shared against other federal programs are eligible.

  2. Provincial Initiatives to be included in this Initiative must be approved by the Federal Minister.

  3. The Initiative must be approved by a signed workplan by the federal and provincial representatives before federal payment can begin.

  4. Ontario shall provide periodic statements, at least annually, of the forecasted or actual cash flow of payments to eligible participants.

6.2

Audit Arrangements

  1. Where appropriate, the Province of Ontario shall ensure the distribution of benefits to producers as stipulated in the Workplan.

  2. The Province of Ontario shall allow representatives of the federal government access, for audit purposes, to accounting materials related to the implementation of all Programs covered by this Initiative, and ensure that proper and accurate records are maintained for three years after the termination date of this Agreement.

  3. Within six (6) months of the termination of this Agreement, an audit of both parties shall be performed. The funding of the audit shall be determined by the Agreement Management Committee.

  4. Recipients misrepresenting information may be required to forfeit all benefits under the Initiative and may be subject to prosecution and exclusion from participating in future programs administered by Agriculture Canada.

7. EVALUATION

7.1 During the term of this Agreement, but in no case later than six (6) months from the termination of this Initiative, Canada and Ontario shall jointly effect an evaluation of the Program with regard to the objectives stated in the Workplan. Funding of the evaluation shall be determined by the Agreement Management Committee.
7.2 Canada and Ontario shall provide each other with all relevant information and data as may reasonably be required for any evaluation that pertains to this Agreement.

8. PUBLIC INFORMATION

8.1 Parties to this Agreement shall cooperate in the planning, development and delivery of public information activities under this Agreement.
8.2 All public information undertaken in connection with jointly funded projects under this Agreement shall be in both official languages, shall clearly make reference to being delivered under this Agreement and fully and fairly reflect the contribution of both parties.
8.3 Each party shall keep the other fully informed on all public information activities planned or delivered under this Agreement.
8.4 All major announcements considered important by the Agreement Management Committee shall be approved by the Federal and Provincial Ministers, give equal prominence to both parties and be issued simultaneously.

9. GENERAL PROVISIONS

9.1 No member of the House of Commons of Canada, the Senate of Canada or the Legislative Assembly of Ontario shall be admitted to any share of this Agreement or of any benefit arising therefrom.
9.2 Nothing in this Agreement is to be construed as authorizing one party to contract or incur any obligation on behalf of the other party.
9.3 Canada and Ontario shall ensure that the intent of the federal and provincial environmental assessment and review procedures are followed for all projects under this Agreement.
9.4 Nothing in this Agreement shall prevent the party implementing Programs and projects from arranging with the other party for delivery of all or part of a Program or project.
9.5 This Agreement and Schedule "A" constitute the entire Agreement between the parties hereto with respect to the subject matter hereof.
9.6 This Agreement is subject to the laws in force in the Province of Ontario.

10. TERMINATION AND AMENDMENT

10.1 This Agreement shall terminate on March 31, 1992. No project completion date shall extend beyond March 31, 1992, and no claim shall be paid after the close of the 1991-92 Fiscal Year.
10.2 This Agreement may be amended from time to time by agreement of the Ministers expressed in writing.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, this Agreement has been executed on behalf of Canada by the Minister of Agriculture and on behalf of Ontario by the Minister of Agriculture and Food;

 

IN THE PRESENCE OF:

HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN IN RIGHT
OF CANADA

______________________________

______________________________

Witness

Minister of Agriculture

 

Dated 6 SEPTEMBER, 1991


HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN IN RIGHT
OF THE PROVINCE


___________________________

______________________________

Witness

Minister of Agriculture and Food

 

Dated August, 1991

 



SCHEDULE "A"
WORKPLAN

1.

ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVE (ESI) $1,800,000 IN FEDERAL ACTIVITIES,
1991-92

$125,000

RESEARCH: U of G (Bev Kay) study, in conjunction with NSCP.

"Methodologies for assessing soil structure and prediction of crop responses to changes in soil quality: Phase I".

$ 65,000

POLICY/CONSULTATION: Stakeholder Workshop on Green Plan.

A workshop of some 50-70 stakeholders in agri-food environmental sustainability to identify priorities and recommend programming under the Green Plan. Core of this workshop group will be long-term advisory committee to Accord Committee.

$ 60,000

AWARENESS: TVO proposal for hour-long TV show on environmental sustainability in agriculture.

$150,000

AWARENESS: Soil & Water Conservation Info Bureau.

Three specific programs, part of the original operating plan when the Bureau was set up with SWEEP funding:

  1. Newsletter

  2. Networking/Focus groups with stakeholders

  3. Improve Agriculture's image classroom software

$ 50,000

AWARENESS: CONSERVATION FARMING 1992.

Similar to "Conservation Farming '88", updated.

$ 75,000

AWARENESS: CTV special two minute slots.

Two minute science cameos. $75K covers production costs on five of these, each of which are to be aired 18 times over a 13 week period. Commercial advertisers pay for air time.

$500,000

RESEARCH, INCENTIVE: Rural Groundwater Quality Survey

Groundwater contamination can be caused by many farm activities (eg. from fertilizer, pesticides, manure, fuel tank leaks, etc.). There has not yet been a comprehensive survey of rural Ontario to test for the broad range of possible chemical and bacterial contaminants. This sampling project will involve well water testing plus field testing with multi-level samplers. Results will provide baseline data, plus identify specific areas where more testing and action may be needed to determine causes of contamination. Some awareness activities may be included.

$500,000

EXTENSION & AWARENESS: "Best Management Practices" book, conference, and field workshops.

  1. Research, edit and print 50,000 farmer guides to "Best Management Practices", patterned after the 1991 "Conservation Farm Planning Guide". Complete by December 1991 with a couple of full-time writers heading up the writing team, with the team consisting of staff from OMAF, Agriculture Canada, University of Guelph, Soil and Water Conservation Information Bureau, etc. Cost estimate: $100K staff etc. to write, $300K printing.

  2. Conference & workshops: Prepare audio-visuals, organize and staff 150 local meetings. Explain the "BMP" guide, get local input, tie in with other activities and programs. Cost estimate: $100K.

$275,000

OTHER PROJECTS & INCENTIVES: As approved by the Agreement Management Committee, in accordance with the overall Program criteria of the federal Environmental Sustainability Initiative.

Expand scope of other projects listed above, and/or increase activities of the present National Soil Conservation Program (NSCP) -- for example, broaden the eligibility criteria such as increasing the eligible width of buffer strips, add windbreaks, increase acreage eligible for block planting of trees, more demonstration sites, extra awareness, etc.

 

$1,800,000 - TOTAL FEDERAL ACTIVITY 


 

2.

ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVE (ESI) $1,800,000 IN PROVINCIAL ACTIVITIES, 1991-92

$1,800,000

INCENTIVES: "Land Stewardship II" (LSII) program of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food (OMAF)

LSII is a $38 million program. Grants of over $10 million will be made in the 1991-92 fiscal year to farmers for activities consistent with the criteria for ESI and with the eight issues identified by the 1990 "Report of the Federal-Provincial Committee on Environmental Sustainability in the Agri-Food Sector", and of this amount a specific $1.8 million will be identified as matching funds for ESI.

 

$1,800, 000 - TOTAL PROVINCIAL ACTIVITY

 


 

 ESI Program

 

Created: October 24, 1997 09:38:25 AM
Last Revised: Tuesday, May 10, 2011 11:15:32 PM