The Environment Committee works on assessing federal policy and regulations in the environmental realm and undertaking strategic initiatives that advance environmentally sound beef production and understanding.
In 2018, Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) environment and policy staff continued to actively engage with Senators, Members of Parliament (MPs) and various government department staff regarding Bill C-68, amendments to the Fisheries Act and other Acts in consequence. The proposed legislation was amended prior to third reading at the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans level, followed by passage in the House of Commons in June 2018. Analysis of the amended Act, and in particular the addition of a subsection deeming virtually all bodies of water as fish habitat that are nearly impossible for beef producers to be in compliance with, led to a CCA submission to the Senate of Canada calling for the removal of the deeming habitat provision as well as exemptions for small low impact agricultural activities and artificial infrastructures.
Following the launch of the Certified Sustainable Beef Framework in 2017, the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB) launched a series of logos and sustainability claims guidelines that support public and consumer communication this year.
Development of these final key pieces of the framework included CRSB multi-stakeholder member feedback, key industry stakeholder input (including the CCA), which were supported by recommendations from CRSB’s first beef consumer research study on sustainability conducted
A new committee was established in 2018 to guide implementation of the framework. Three certification bodies were approved to conduct certification and assurance for the CRSB’s Framework, including the establishment of full equivalency with Verified Beef Production Plus (VBP+).
McDonald’s Canada, the first company to use the CRSB’s Certification Mark, launched a national campaign featuring the new logo. CRSB continues to further develop its Sustainability Projects Pillar, to coordinate and collaborate on industry projects that support the goals of the National Beef Sustainability Strategy.
In addition, Monica Hadarits was appointed as the new CRSB Executive Director, as Fawn Jackson assumed a new role in government and international relations at the CCA.
Committee Members: Duane Thompson, Chair; Gord Adams; Colin Campbell; Lynn Grant, Pat Hayes; Joe Hill; Grant Huffman; Victor Oulton; Doug Sawyer;
Tim Smith; Miles Wowk; YCC ex-officio Ben Campbell. CCA staff: Larry Thomas.
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