About: Agriculture and Fisheries
The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries works to advance Prince Edward Island's primary industries and its approach to food development, production and sales. The department provides assistance and information to clients and advocates on behalf of the marine fishery and the aquaculture industries to support the development of the fishing industry in a sustainable manner.
Some of the priorities in this mandate are to:
- Grow and sustain all elements of agriculture, fisheries and aquaculture
- Protect the environment and resources
- Develop products that place PEI among the world leaders in food production and innovation
Structure and Employees
The Policy and Regulatory Division has a wide mandate, which includes managing Federal-Provincial-Territorial (FPT) planning; policy and program development and evaluation; representation on the Assistant Deputy Minister agriculture/agri-food policy and regulatory committees; stakeholder engagement; regulatory and legislative services (including plant and animal health and animal protection); domestic and foreign trade analysis; and assurance systems (on-farm food safety; traceability; biosecurity; and emergency preparedness). The Division also provides secretariat services to the PEI Marketing Council and support to 4-H and the PEI Women’s Institute.View employee list
The PEI 4-H’s core values are to provide opportunities for young Islanders ages 6-21 to form community-based, member-driven clubs in order to pursue skills-based projects of their own choosing. Each year, clubs achieve success through completion of mandatory components including: member projects, communications, community service and agriculture awareness, through direct participation and support from family members and volunteer leaders. In doing so, members develop the necessary tools for positive mental, physical and social health. Visit the 4-H website.View employee list
The Regulatory Programs Section manages the development, monitoring, enforcement and collection of information relating to the legislation for which the Department is responsible. The section also provides legislative research, planning and writing services to the Department. The section undertakes the monitoring, management and control of regulated diseases; and the enforcement of minimum planting standards, virus testing programs, and animal health and protection.View employee list
The Council is responsible for the general supervision of commodity boards, marketing commissions and commodity groups, operating under the Natural Products Marketing Act.View employee list
This section manages the planning, development, and implementation of Departmental policies and provides evidence-based research and policy advice to staff related to the Department’s strategic priorities. The section supports statistical reporting activities, stakeholder engagement, strategic planning, program evaluation, and monitoring activities across the Department. The section manages FPT initiatives and priorities through negotiation, planning, implementation and cooperation on a regional and national basis.View employee list
- We focus on women, family & home
- We believe in a culture of collaboration & sharing
- We always strive to protect the environment
- We believe that through education, leadership and goodwill, we can build stronger communities.
Visit the PEI W.I. website.View employee list
This division is responsible for delivery of farm extension and sustainable resource programs and services for the department.View employee list
Agriculture Information Officers offer on-farm visitation in the areas of crop and livestock management, environmental sustainability, financial management and human resources. Staff at the Agriculture Information Centre provide clients with a first point-of-contact for accurate and timely information on a wide variety of aspects of commercial agriculture.View employee list
Development Officers are available to partner with industry on industry development projects, research trials and program delivery.View employee list
The Farm Practices Review Board reviews concerns raised by the public with respect to farm practices.View employee list
The Sustainable Agriculture Section provides technical assistance to soil conservation and integrated pest management, and encourages more sustainable farm operations. The Agriculture and Environmental Resource Conservation program provides technical and financial assistance for a wide range of on-farm conservation projects to help achieve compliance with environmental protection legislation.View employee list
The Aquaculture Division conducts a wide spectrum of activities in support of the aquaculture and estuarine shellfishing industries. The role of the division is to provide quality advice, assistance and information to support the sustainable development of both industries.
The division acts as an advocate for the Prince Edward Island aquaculture and shellfishing industries, and participates on a variety of committees with the federal, provincial and territorial governments and industry associations.
The division staff deliver technical and biological services to the shellfish and finfish sectors. Staff work closely with industry members, companies and associations toward resolving biological and technical issues and to address industry priorities. Staff are involved in research and development projects with industry members and other researchers that are focused on addressing priorities of industry.
The division is responsible for the delivery of both financial and technical programs in support of the sustainable development of the both the aquaculture and shellfishery sectors. Programs are designed to support sustainable growth, promote innovation, and support developmental and applied research. The division also is responsible for the delivery of monitoring programs that provide technical information required by industry.View employee list
The Corporate and Financial Services Division provides financial, human resource, and administrative services to departmental personnel in the areas of: Financial Management Personnel Administration Human Resource Development Administrative Support ServicesView employee list
This section is responsible to assist departmental leaders and other personnel with the budget process and regular financial reviews. As well, this unit has the overall responsibility for the accounts payable and accounts receivable functions of the department including claiming activities under Federal-Provincial Agreements. On going support is also provided to departmental users of the ORACLE Financial Information System.View employee list
This section is responsible for the processing of leave and pay for approximately 200 permanent departmental employees, monitoring employee benefits, coordinating staff recruitment and position classification, administering the departmental Human Resource Development Plan, and providing advice and assistance to all staff on employee relations issues (interpretation of the "Collective Agreement" and implementation of other human resource policies/legislation).View employee list
The section is responsible for the administration of the following income support programs under the Growing Forward Business Risk Management Suite: AgriStability, AgriInvest, AgriInsurance and AgriRecovery.View employee list
The division’s mission is to provide quality advice, assistance and information to clients, as well as advocate on behalf of the marine fisheries industry, and to support the development of the fishing industry in a quality and sustainable manner.
The Marine Fisheries Section represents the interests of Prince Edward Island within the federal advisory committee process and provides assistance and programs for the Island fishing industry. The Marine Fisheries Section collaborates with industry and other government departments and agencies on scientific research projects and initiatives to better understand the Island fishery resources. Marine Fisheries coordinates the Lobster Resource Monitoring Program and delivers the Future Fisher Program to the benefit of industry participants.
Seafood Services provides advice and assistance to clients regarding maintenance of fish quality and production of quality seafood products. The section administers regulations under the Prince Edward Island Fisheries Act and the Prince Edward Island Fish Inspection Act. The section is also responsible for gathering, compiling and publishing fisheries information including statistical data relating to the maintenance and development of fishery resources.
The Seafood Services Section is responsible for the administration of licenses pertaining to processing, buying and peddling under the Prince Edward Island Fisheries Act Regulations. The section also delivers development projects for the improvement of fishing ports and shellfish landing sites under provincial jurisdiction. Additionally, Seafood Services develops, executes, and participates in seafood marketing and promotional activities in collaboration with industry, other government departments and agencies in local, national, and international markets.View employee list
This division has responsibilities for delivering high-quality laboratory services.View employee list
The Dairy Laboratory provides microbiological and compositional analysis of raw milk and finished dairy products.View employee list
The Plant Diagnostic Laboratory provides disease identification services for commercial crops and home gardens. The laboratory operates on a seasonal basis from spring until fall.View employee list
The Soil, Feed and Water testing Laboratory provides chemical analysis of soil, feed, water, plant tissue, and greenhouse media.View employee list
Agencies, Boards and Commissions
- Agricultural Insurance Corporation Appeal Board
- Agricultural Insurance Corporation
- Farm Practices Review Board
- PEI Aquaculture and Fisheries Research Initiative Inc.
- PEI Grain Elevators Corporation
- PEI Marketing Council
- Natural Products Appeals Tribunal
- Veterinary College Advisory Council
- Veterinary Medical Association Licensing Board