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The Value Chain Roundtables (VCRTs)

Value Chain Roundtables - Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)


  • the Value Chain Roundtables (VCRTs) were launched in 2003 as part of a shared vision between industry and government to enhance Canadian competitiveness and profitability.
  • Bringing together key industry leaders from across the value chain – input suppliers, producers, processors, food service industries, retailers, traders and associations – with federal and provincial government policy makers, VCRTs have become central vehicles for:
    • identifying sector strengths and weakness
    • capitalizing on domestic and international market opportunities
    • sharing information and building trust across commodity sectors
    • identifying research, policy, regulatory and technical requirements
    • creating shared visions and cooperative long-term strategies
    • responding to crises.
  • There are currently 12 national Value Chain Roundtables: Bee Health, Beef, Food Processing, Grains, Horticulture, Organics, Pork, Pulses, Seafood, Seeds, Sheep, and Special Crops. There are also four other fora: the Agri-Subcommittee on Food Safety, the All Chairs Forum, the Industrial Bioproducts Value Chain Committee, and the Regulatory Subcommittee. The All Chairs Forum is chaired by the Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and brings together the Industry and Government Co-Chairs from each of the roundtables to discuss cross-sectoral issues. This website is a window into the workings of these national roundtables and other related fora
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