ON THIS 21st DAY OF SEPTEMBER, 1992
THIS AGREEMENT BETWEEN:
Her Majesty THE QUEEN in right of Canada (hereinafter called "Her Majesty")
herein represented by, and acting through, The Minister of Agriculture:
(hereinafter called The Federal Minister")
OF THE FIRST PART
Her Majesty THE QUEEN in right of Ontario (hereinafter
called "Her Majesty")
herein represent by, and acting through, The Minister of Agriculture
(hereinafter called The Provincial Minister")
OF THE SECOND PART
WHEREAS CANADA and Ontario have signed an Accord to
work together to achieve environmentally sustainable agri-food sector.
AND WHEREAS Canada and Ontario recognize:
- the need to maintain and enhance the natural resources that
the agri-food sector uses or affects;
- the need to be proactive in protecting the agri-food sector
from the environmental impacts caused by other sectors and factors
external to agriculture; and
- that a viable agriculture sector is dependent on sustaining
the natural resource base on which it is founded
AND WHEREAS Canada and Ontario have agreed to contribute
funds to, and cooperate in the implementation of the activities listed
in Schedules "A-1" and "A-2" attached hereto on the basis set forth
in this Agreement;
AND WHEREAS the Governor-in-Council by Order-in-Council
PC No. 1991-2/2543 of the sixteenth day of December, 1991, has authorized
the Minister of Agriculture to execute this Agreement on behalf of Canada;
AND WHEREAS the Lieutenant Governor-in-Council by Order-in-Council
OC No.3032/91 of the thirty-first day of July, 1991 has authorized the
Minister of Agriculture and Food to fund and implement the Land Stewardship
II Program on behalf of the Province;
NOW THEREFORE, the parties hereto mutually agree as
SECTION 1 - DEFINITIONS
1.1 In this Agreement:
- "Committee" means the Federal/Provincial Agreement Management
- "Federal Accord Co-Chair" means the federal officer appointed
in each province by the Minister of Agriculture for Canada to co-manage
the Canada-Ontario Accord on Environmental Sustainability signed
on February 27, 1992;
- "Provincial Accord Co-Chair" means the provincial officer appointed
in each province by the Minister of Agriculture and Food of Ontario
to co-manage the Canada-Ontario Accord on Environmental Sustainability
signed on January 30, 1992;
- "Ministers means the Federal Minister and Provincial Minister;
- "Federal Minister" means the Minister of Agriculture of Canada
and includes any person having authority to act on the Minister's
- Provincial Minister means the Minister of Agriculture and Food
for Ontario and includes any person having authority to act on the
- "Federal Responsible Officer" means the federal officer designated
by the Federal Accord Co-Chair;
- "Provincial Responsible Officer" means the provincial officer
designated by the Provincial Accord Co-Chair;
- "Green Plan" refers to the national program, announced by the
Government of Canada on December 11, 1990, for achieving sustainable
development which is intended to maintain or enhance the natural
resources that the agri-food sector uses or affects and protect
the agri-food sector from environmental impacts caused by other
sectors and factors external to agriculture;
- "Work Plan" means a plan that sets out the federal and provincial
actions and resources for each activity under this Agreement;
- "Activity means an undertaking pursuant to this Agreement as
outlined in the Work Plan; and
- "Fiscal Year" means a period of one year commencing on April
1 of one year and ending on March 31 of the next year.
SECTION 2 - PURPOSE
2.1 The overall purpose of this Agreement is to facilitate the implementation
of a number of environmental sustainability activities aimed at: conserving
and enhancing the natural resources that agriculture uses and shares;
minimizing the impact of the agri-food sector on environmental resources
required by non-agriculture sectors; and protecting agriculture from
the environmental impacts caused by other sectors and factors external
SECTION 3 - ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT
3.1 This Agreement shall be managed by a Federal/Provincial Agreement
Management Committee for Green Plan Implementation (hereafter referred
to as the "Committee") under the direction of the Canada/Ontario Environmental
Sustainability Accord Committee (hereafter referred to as the "Accord
3.2 The Committee will consist of representatives of the federal
and provincial governments in equal representation.
- The federal representatives shall consist of the Federal Responsible
Officer and other persons appointed by the Federal Accord Co-Chair.
The provincial representatives shall consist of the Provincial Responsible
Officer and other persons appointed by the Provincial Accord Co-Chair.
- The Committee shall be co-chaired by the Federal Responsible
Officer and by the Provincial Responsible Officer.
3.3 The duties of the Committee shall be to:
- ensure that the intent and the terms and conditions of this
Agreement are carried out;
- establish all procedures in respect of its own meetings, including
rules for the conduct of meetings and the making of decisions where
the members are not physically present in one place, and the appointment,
if appropriate, of non-voting members;
- develop the work plans required to implement the intent of this
- identify matching provincial funds in accordance with the guidelines
outlined in section 5.5 of this agreement;
- review and authorize audit and evaluation plans;
- periodically review the activities of both parties undertaken
jointly and separately pursuant to this agreement to ensure consistency
with the intent of this Agreement;
- ensure the environmental soundness of all activities under this
- approve public information and promotional material released
under this Agreement;
- ensure that program visibility is consistent with the division
- coordinate activities with other departments and agencies within
their respective governments;
- establish any advisory and/or technical committees as are deemed
necessary to carry out the implementation of this Agreement;
- approve all changes to any activity under this Agreement where
it considers that the purpose of this Agreement would be furthered;
- carry out any other powers or functions specified elsewhere
in this Agreement;
3.4 Canada and Ontario shall provide the Committee with all data
and information deemed necessary to carry out its responsibilities.
SECTION 4 - WORK PLAN
4.1 Canada and Ontario agree to undertake a "Work Plan process" for
the implementation of this Agreement. The Work Plan shall be reviewed
and updated as required by the Committee.
4.2 The Work Plan shall define the principles, financial and human
resource commitments, activities and delivery arrangements for this
Agreement, consistent with the types of Activities listed in Schedules
"A-1" and "A-2" of this Agreement, including costs associated with the
Stakeholders' Advisory Committee.
4.3 The Work Plan will be developed in consultation with both governments'
stakeholders in the agri-food sector as appropriate.
4.4 The Accord Committee shall approve the Work Plan.
SECTION 5 - FINANCIAL PROVISIONS
5.1 Notwithstanding anything in this Agreement, the total contributions
payable by Canada shall not exceed Thirty Two Million, One Hundred and
Thirty Three Thousand Dollars ($32,133,000).
5.2 Notwithstanding anything in this Agreement, the total contribution
payable by Ontario shall not exceed Thirty Two Million, One Hundred
and Thirty Three Thousand Dollars ($32,133,000).
5.3 Each party shall be responsible for financing their respective
activities and adjusting annual expenditures as defined in the work
5.4 The financial provisions to be addressed in the work plan shall
- (a) the work implementation responsibilities of each party and
the resources to be committed by each party; and
- (b) clear identification of the costs which will be regarded
as a contribution under this Agreement.
5.5 While not restricting the authority of the federal Minister to
negotiate cost-sharing arrangements, the general guidelines for identifying
costs which will be regarded as contributions include:
- (a) New provincial programs, incremental funding to existing
programs and ongoing provincial expenditures deemed relevant during
the period April 1, 1991 to March 31, 1997 regardless of the date
of program commencement may be eligible to be counted as provincial
contributions to cost sharing.
- (b) Eligible provincial programs shall be directly related to
the proposed actions outlined in the Report of the Federal-Provincial
Agriculture Committee on Environmental Sustainability, and the approaches
described in the Green Plan.
- (c) To be eligible matching provincial programs shall be designed
to have long-term structural impacts (i.e. not aimed at emergency
drought relief or short-term income support) and funding must not
already be matched directly or indirectly with other federal expenditures.
- (d) Federal and provincial funding arrangements may vary from
year to year to accommodate other federal and provincial activities.
5.6 The provision of financing by Canada and Ontario for the implementation
of this Agreement is subject to the annual appropriations of the Parliament
of Canada and the Legislative Assembly of Ontario.
5.7 Canada and Ontario agree to obligate recipients of funds pursuant
to this Agreement to repay overpayments, unexpended balances and disallowed
expenses and, to make a declaration that such amounts constitute debts
due the Crown.
SECTION 6 - PUBLIC INFORMATION
6.1 Parties to this Agreement shall cooperate in the planning, development and
delivery of public information activities under this Agreement.
6.2 All public information activities undertaken in connection with
this Agreement shall be in accordance with both governments' policies
on use of official languages, shall clearly make reference to being
delivered under this Agreement and shall fully and fairly reflect the
contribution of both parties.
6.3 Each party shall keep the other fully informed of all public
information activities planned or delivered under this Agreement.
6.4 Major announcements shall be approved by both the Federal and
Provincial Ministers, give equal prominence to both parties and be issued
6.5 The funding of the planning, development and delivery of public
information activities undertaken pursuant to sections 6.1, 6.2, 6.3
and 6.4 shall be determined by the Committee.
SECTION 7 - AUDIT AND EVALUATION
7.1 The Committee shall, within six (6) months of the commencement
of this Agreement, develop an evaluation framework to document the objectives,
activities and intended impacts/effects of this Agreement, to identify
the likely evaluation issues and data collection requirements, to identify
the need for periodic progress reporting and to develop an evaluation
7.2 Canada and Ontario shall provide each other and the Committee
with all relevant information and data as may reasonably be required
for any evaluation that pertains to this Agreement.
7.3 Within twelve (12) months of the termination of this Agreement,
a comprehensive evaluation of activities undertaken pursuant to this
agreement shall be carried out by the party responsible for the activities.
7.4 Within six (6) months of the termination of this Agreement, a
comprehensive audit of both parties' activities related to this agreement
shall be performed by the party responsible for the activities.
7.5 Nothing in sections 7.3 or 7.4 precludes the use of interim program
evaluations or audits to provide information to the Agreement Management
Committee or either party on the effectiveness and efficiency of activities
undertaken pursuant to this agreement.
7.6 The funding of the evaluation and audit activity undertaken pursuant
to sections 7.1, 7.3, 7.4 and 7.5 shall be provided by the party responsible
for the activities.
7.7 Canada and Ontario shall ensure that proper accounts and records
are maintained for three years following the completion date of this
Agreement, with respect to each activity they are delivering under the
terms of this Agreement. Canada and Ontario shall make all such accounts
and records available at all reasonable times to authorized representatives
of the federal government for inspection and audit and will afford all
reasonable assistance and explanation in connection with such an inspection
and audit. Any discrepancies as disclosed by audit shall be promptly
adjusted between the parties.
7.8 Any provincial contribution agreements or contracts with recipients
shall specify that payments under the Agreement or contract may be subject
to audit and that all related documents shall be maintained for three
years, retained and made available for inspection by provincially appointed
SECTION 8 - GENERAL PROVISIONS
8.1 No member of the House of Commons of Canada, the Senate of Canada
or Ontario's Legislative Assembly shall be admitted to any share of
this Agreement or any benefit arising therefrom.
8.2 Nothing in this Agreement is to be construed as authorizing one
party to contract or incur any obligation on behalf of the other party.
8.3 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. Where applicable, the intent
of the federal government's Science and Technology guidelines should
be taken into consideration.
8.4 Nothing in this Agreement shall prevent a party implementing
activities from arranging with the other party or any third party for
delivery of all or part of a program or project.
8.5 This Agreement and Schedules "A-1" and "A-2" constitute the entire
Agreement between the parties hereto with respect to the subject matter
8.6 This Agreement is subject to the laws in force in the Province
SECTION 9 - DURATION AND AMENDMENT
9.1 This Agreement shall commence on the date of last signature and
terminate on March 31, 1997. No project completion date shall extend
beyond December 31, 1997 and no claim shall be paid after the close
of the 1997/98 fiscal year, including the normal period of recording
and discharging Payables at Year-End (P.A.Y.E.).
9.2 This Agreement may be amended from time to time with the written
agreement both Ministers with the exception of Section 2 which will
require the prior approval of the Governor-in-Council, for Canada, and
the Lieutenant Governor-in-Council for Ontario.
9.3 Either party may terminate this Agreement at the end of any fiscal
year, by giving the other party a full fiscal year's notice, in writing,
of such termination.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, this Agreement has been executed on behalf of
Canada by Minister of Agriculture.
ON THIS 21st DAY OF September, 1992
IN THE PRESENCE OF:
HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN RIGHT OF CANADA
Minister of Agriculture:____________________
AND on behalf of Ontario by the Minister of Agriculture and Food.
ON THIS 21st DAY OF September, 1992
IN THE PRESENCE OF:
HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN RIGHT OF ONTARIO
Minister of Agriculture and Food:____________________
AGRICULTURAL COMPONENT OF THE GREEN PLAN
$32,133,000 In Federal Activities (1992-1998)
Approximate Funding - Project Description
1) $ 6,000,000 - Nutrient Management
Improve manure and nutrient utilizations and reduce the impact on
water quality by investigating on-farm alternative manure management
systems. Carry out research on standardized application rates. Assess
the impact of urban organic waste products on the soil, water, food
chain and farm environment by carrying out a pilot project.
2) $ 5,000,000 - Farm Plans
Promote farm planning as the key to address environmental sustainability
by support the development and delivery of a plan and a delivery system
so that a large percentage of Ontario farmers will have a "Farm Plan".
Cooperation between Agriculture Canada, OMAF, other government agencies,
farm organizations and environmental groups will be required.
3) $ 7,000,000 - Agricultural Practices
Provide financial incentive payments to farmers to encourage practices,
identified in "Farm Plans" or otherwise are consistent with established
Green Plan priorities, to enhance the environmental sustainability of
individual farms. This project can be delivered to farmers by a government
agency or contracted to a third party, eg. farm organization
4) $ 3.000,000 - Technology Transfer
Support farmer to farmer technology transfer by funding Farm Clubs,
preparing additional Best Management publications and supporting technology
5) $ 2,000,000 - Wetland/Wildlife
Provide financial and other incentives for wetland stewardship, encourage
demonstrations and the dissemination of information.
6) $ 1,000,000 - Woodlands/Wildlife
Foster protection and enhancement of farm woodlands, encourage environmentally
responsible management of woodlots by supporting demonstrations and
the transfer of recent technology to owners.
7) $ 3,500,000 - On-Farm Research
Support cooperative on-farm research projects to compare water infiltration
rates, tillage practices and impacts on nutrient, pesticide and bacteria
on ground and surface water.
8) $ 2,500,000 - Monitor/Evaluate
Monitor specific natural resources to assess the current state and
also the level of resource degradation. Evaluate the five year program
to measure the impact of the program and value from government expenditures.
9) $ 1,000,000 - Information Centre
Support for a central agency to provide timely, accurate information
for responsible decision making.
10) $ 1,133,000 - Administration, Agri-Food Development
Manage Green Plan resources and activities, consistent with federal
administration and accountability rules.
TOTAL: $ 32,133,000
AGRICULTURAL COMPONENT OF THE GREEN PLAN
$32,133,000 In Provincial Activities
Approximate Funding - Project Description
1) $ 6,600,000 - Residue Management
Grants of up to $20 are available for each acre with at least 20%
of the soil surface covered by the residue of the previous crop from
immediately after harvest to immediately after planting.
2) $ 4,500,000 - Cover Crops
Grants of up to $30 per acre are available for the spring, summer
or fall establishment and over-wintering of cover crops. Only cover
Cops used for cover exclusively are eligible for grants.
3) $ 5,000,000 - Conservation Equipment- Purchase,
Modification and Rental
Grants, to a maximum of $3,000, are available for 50% of the costs
of conservation equipment purchase, modification and rental. Local Land
Stewardship II committees may limit grants to cover only the cost of
the residue management component of the equipment.
4) $ 1,500,000 - Soil Conservation Structures
Grants are provided, to the maximum amount for which the applicant
is eligible, for 5096 of the costs of soil conservation structures required
to correct existing erosion problems on farm fields, ditch banks and
in open water courses.
5) $ 4,300,000 - Manure Storage and Handling Systems
Encourage environmentally responsible manure storage, handling and
incorporation practices; grants are provided for the construction of
manure storage and handling facilities.
6) $1,200,000 - Milkhouse/Milking Parlour Washwater
Encourage environmentally responsible management of wastewater, grants
are provided for construction of adequate systems for storing or handling
of milkhouse/milking parlour wastes.
7) $ 503,000 - Pesticide-Handling Facilities
To increase the efficiency of pesticide use and to protect the environment,
grants are provided for construction of proper pesticide-handling facilities.
8) $ 3,330,000 - Program Promotion and Delivery
A grant to the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA)
to establish local Land Stewardship committees. These farmer committees
will review and accept conservation farm plans and projects for funding
and hire part-time staff to assist in the program administration, this
includes inspection of projects and advising OMAF when an applicant
is eligible for financial assistance.
9) $ 5,200,000 - Advisory and Administrative Staff
Provide additional Ministry staff to assist in the technology transfer
to train OSCIA staff to inform applicants on Farm Planning and develop
new Stewardship Initiatives.
Prepared: Wed August 30, 1995
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