Total costs for environment highest in Ontario
Total cost of environmental compliance for Canadian hog operations is the
highest in Ontario and lowest in New Brunswick.
While regulations in Quebec are restrictive in comparison to other provinces,
the environmental costs incurred to comply with the regulations in Quebec are
lower than other jurisdictions.
Those were two
of the outcomes of a recently released study, commissioned by Agriculture
and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), which assessed the economic impact of environmental
regulations on the competitiveness of hog farms in
The research also found that the province of Saskatchewan has
the best competitive advantage in terms of net income per hog before and after
the implementation of environment regulations.
The province of Nova
Scotia turned out to be at the greatest competitive disadvantage in terms of net
income per hog, the study showed, due to the higher estimated building
The report, completed by the George Morris Centre and
the Prairie Swine Centre, analyses the effect of environmental compliance on a
hog farm's cost structure.
The study provides
a clear understanding of the competitive advantages and disadvantages for hog
producers in provinces that have varying levels of environmental
The reason for the study was the abundance of
environmental regulations across Canada, aiming to protect the environment and
encourage environmentally sound agricultural practices. As agricultural
producers expressed concerns about the impact these regulations have on costs,
the AAFC began to investigate the impact of environmental regulations on primary
agriculture through a series of case studies, starting with the hog
The research used a model farrow-to-finish operation as a
â€¢ George Morris Centre
â€¢ Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
â€¢ Prairie Swine Centre
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