Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
In 1868 the Department of Agriculture was created, replacing the older Bureau of Agriculture. The department brought recognition of the significance of agriculture to
Canada’s economic, social and cultural development. Presently, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) is responsible for:
providing information, achieving research and technology that are both innovative and competitive, and establishing policies and programs to attain sectors that can be
recognized as being environmentally sustainable and proactive. The sectors are specialized in agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products.
The Red-Assiniboine Project (RAP) is a joint AAFC, Agri-Environment Service Branch (AESB) and Environment Canada (EC) initiative with the goal of investigating land use
change and Best Management Practice (BMP) implementation scenarios using non-point source water quality models across the Lake Winnipeg basin. Divided into several working
groups, and under the umbrella of the Lake Winnipeg Basin Initiative (LWBI), EC leads the modelling working group while AESB is focussing on scenarios development.
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, along with various other partners, are developing the
National Land and Water Information Service (NLWIS) to aid in acquiring accessible information, analysis and interpretation of land and water data. This service will assist
in sound decisions being made for agricultural land and water management.Maps,
Tools are available for use to the public. The maps display information
based on different geographic conditions; the data is used to locate and obtain geospatial data; and the tools are used for sustainable agri-environment planning.