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Quebec-Ontario Trade and Cooperation Agreement


April 26, 2010
By OMAFRA

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April 24, 2010- The Ministers of Agriculture for Ontario and Quebec have agreed on a common action plan to promote better agri-food sector integration and competitiveness between the two provinces, and will work with industry partners to address common matters facing the chicken and hog sectors.

April 24, 2010- The Ministers of
Agriculture for Ontario and Quebec have agreed on a common action plan
to promote better agri-food sector integration and competitiveness
between the two provinces, and will work with industry partners to address common matters facing the
chicken and hog sectors.

Hon. Robert Dutil, Quebec Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, and Hon. Carol Mitchell, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, met April 22 and agreed to a joint action plan where both ministers have committed to will work towards mutual recognition of standards involving bilateral trade, and to increased collaboration between Quebec and Ontario in areas of common interest, including research and agri-science innovation.

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The ministers also agreed to work together in urging the federal government to review the federal Product of Canada guidelines and consider national compositional standards for yogurt. The Ministers also agreed to continue to jointly support supply management in Canada and in international trade negotiations.

Ministers Dutil and Mitchell also committed to work together in support of food export companies, and will be jointly championing the SIAL Canada trade show. SIAL is a prominent international food export trade show that took place in Montreal last week.

As part of the Quebec-Ontario Trade and Cooperation Agreement, the two agriculture ministers will meet annually to promote a stronger collaboration in the agri-food sector. A report back to review progress on the 2010 action plan is scheduled to take place in May 2011.