About: Agriculture and Land

The Department of Agriculture and Land works to advance Prince Edward Island's primary industries and its approach to food development, production and sales.  

Some of the priorities in this mandate are to:

  • Grow and sustain all elements of agriculture
  • Protect the environment and resources
  • Develop products that place PEI among the world leaders in food production and innovation

Structure and Employees

Animal Health and Analytical Laboratories

This Division has a legislated mandate including both terrestrial animals and aquatics, including; animal health protection, promotion and disease prevention; animal health surveillance and disease testing; agricultural research; and assurance systems (on-farm food safety; traceability; biosecurity; and emergency preparedness).

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Animal Health and Research
P.E.I. Analytical Laboratories

This section has responsibilities for delivering high-quality laboratory services.

Dairy Lab - The Dairy Laboratory provides microbiological and compositional analysis of raw milk and finished dairy products.

Plant Health Diagnostics - 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.

Soil & Feed - The Soil, Feed and Water testing Laboratory provides chemical analysis of soil, feed, water, plant tissue, and greenhouse media.

Water Microbiology - The Water Microbiology Laboratory provides microbiological analysis of drinking water, surface water and wastewater

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Regulatory Services and Product Development
Farm Business Risk Management (PEI Agricultural Insurance Corporation)

This Division is responsible for the administration of the Business Risk Management programs under the Federal Provincial Territorial Growing Forward 2 agreement.

Located in Kensington, the PEI Agricultural Insurance Corporation (AIC) administers AgriInsurance, AgriStability and AgriRecovery.  AIC is also responsible for AgriInvest.

AgriInsurance insures agricultural crops against production losses from specified perils (weather, pests, disease).  It includes production insurance, color rider, un-harvested acreage rider, storage insurance, forage insurance, phytosanitary and livestock insurance.

AgriStability offers protection against declines greater than 30% in farm income caused by circumstances such as low prices, rising input costs, and production losses.

AgriRecovery is a disaster assistance program and is designed to cover losses which are not covered by the other GF2 programs.  The program is requested by the Province when specific disaster situations occur within the Province. 

 

AgriInvest allows farmers flexibility to manage small financial risks and declines and to stabilize farm incomes and operations

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Insurance Programs
Safety Net Programs
Finance

Finance and Corporate Services provides financial, budget and administrative management for the Department.

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Financial Services

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.

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Human Resources

Human Resources is part of the PEI Public Service Commission and has been assigned to provide direction, leadership, advice, coaching, and support to the Department of Agriculture and Land with regard to all aspects of human resources (HR) and labour relations (LR) management. It ensures policies and programs are consistent and kept aligned with the strategic direction, while also supporting the department in advancing its mandate. It provides a full range human resource services and support including human resource planning, classification, recruitment and selection, payroll, occupational health and safety, employee assistance program, diversity program, learning and development, French language training and policy development.

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Land
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Administration
Inspection Services

The Inspection Services section is responsible for the provision of a coordinated and integrated delivery of regulations and codes aimed at protecting public health, safety and the natural environment. The subject areas involved include land use regulations pertinent to subdivision and development, Acts and regulations for the adoption of the Canadian Electrical Code, Canadian Elevator Safety Code, Amusement Device Codes, National Plumbing Code, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) codes for boiler and pressure vessels safety and building standards for barrier-free design (National Building Code of Canada).

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Provincial Planning Branch

Provincial Planning plays the lead role in the development and implementation of the Provincial Land Use Policy. It is the designated policy centre within government for land use and land ownership on PEI. The branch maintains the legislative framework, which guides land use and development decisions. Relevant legislation includes the Planning Act and the Lands Protection Act.

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Minister's Office
Policy and Agriculture Resources

This Division has a wide ranging mandate which includes delivery of farm extension and sustainable resource programs and services for the department; management of 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; domestic and foreign trade analysis; and assurance systems (on-farm food safety; traceability; biosecurity; and emergency preparedness).

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Agriculture Industry Development

This section provides resources to support agriculture industry development. Development Officers with crop and livestock commodity expertise are available to work with producers and partner with industry organizations and commodity groups on specific production related topics, industry development projects, on-farm innovative technology demonstrations, and applied research trials.  In addition, the section is involved with the delivery of funding programs.

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Policy, Planning and FPT Relations

The Policy Section manages the planning, development, and implementation of agriculture, aquaculture, and fisheries, policies and programs and provides evidence-informed research advice to the Minister, Deputy Minister and staff. The section supports statistical reporting, stakeholder engagement activities, strategic planning, program evaluation, and the management of horizontal initiatives. The section is responsible for the coordination of information to and from various FPT policy, performance management, and statistics groups.

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Sustainable Agriculture

This section supports the agriculture sector in contributing to society’s priorities of clean soil, water and air resources, improved biodiversity, food safety, traceability and biosecurity by encouraging producers to voluntarily implement beneficial management practices (BMPs) and on-farm assurance systems through delivery of the Agriculture Stewardship, Future Farmer, and Assurance Systems programs.

The section provides technical assistance and advice related to soil conservation, integrated pest management, developing successful and sustainable farm operations and addressing risk related but not limited to on-farm and post-farm food safety, animal welfare, biosecurity, traceability, animal/plant health, emergency management, quality assurance, and surveillance.

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Agriculture and Land
Minister's Office
Tel:
902-368-4820
Fax:
902-368-4846
Deputy Minister
Administrative Assistant
HR Manager
Senior Communications Officer

General Inquiries

Department of Agriculture and Land
5th Floor, Jones Building
11 Kent Street,
P.O. Box 2000,
Charlottetown, PEI C1A 7N8

Phone: 902-368-4880
Fax: 902-368-4857

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Agriculture Information Desk
1-866-PEI FARM (734-3276)

DeptAgLand@gov.pe.ca