Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

The Department of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada was created in 1868 – one year after Canada became a country – due to the importance of farming to the nation's economic, social and cultural development.

The activities of the Department range from the farmer to the consumer, from the farm to global markets, through all phases of producing, processing and marketing of farm, food and bio-based products. Agriculture is also a shared jurisdiction in Canada, and the Department works closely with provincial and territorial governments in the development and delivery of policies and programs.

The Department is also responsible for ensuring collaboration with its Portfolio Partners which are also involved in regulating and supporting Canadian agriculture.

The Department includes the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency. This special operating agency regulates and supervises pari-mutuel betting on horse racing at racetracks across Canada.