The Federal Government has announced over $3.1 million for the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute under the AgriAssurance Program.

The funding will be used to make improvements to the National Index on Agri-Food Performance, which acts as a point of reference for companies to declare the sustainability of their practices. 

Federal Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Lawrence MacAulay says the money will help the sector take advantage of market opportunities, backing up our efforts with concrete data by making sure everyone measures sustainability in the same way.

The Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI) will use the funding to include more partners in refining the tool, fixing missing information, and creating an upgraded version of the Index.

CAPI's Managing Director, Tyler McCann says they are pleased to be part of a growing coalition working to improve the data and transparency of the agriculture and food system sustainability in Canada. 

He notes as the Index evolves, so does CAPI and they're pleased to house the Centre as part of the ongoing efforts to advance policy solutions that realize the full potential of Canada’s agriculture and food system.