A level playing field ensures local Ontario farmers, who are committed to sustainable farming practices here at home, can compete against subsidized imports not subject to carbon-pricing or other regulatory hurdles. We are asking the Canadian government to work on removing trade barriers to allow Ontario grain farmers to remain competitive. This includes:
- In the past five years, the U.S.government has made almost $120 billion in support payments to U.S. farmers, which in recent years have far exceeded their World Trade Organization trade commitments. Ontario grain farmers need a level playing field against imported and subsidized foreign grains which are not subject to carbon pricing.
- Tariff-free trade agreements with UK, Indonesia and ASEAN countries.
- Prevent non-tariff trade barriers while still facilitating the import of Canadian grains.
- China’s defacto ban on Canada’s commercial grade soybean imports removed.