Championing Alberta Agriculture and Agri-Food: Increasing Value-Added Processing and Production.

Agriculture is foundational to Alberta’s economy. Alberta exported over $12.4 billion worth of agriculture and food products in 2020 and the Business Council of Alberta says the economic value of agri-food production and production is $10 billion. Global demand for food  is predicted to increase by 50 per cent in the next 25 years. With the right conditions and changes, Alberta’s agri-food sector could grow and meet this demand.


Many in the agri-food sector have identified that there should be more value-added processing and production done in Alberta to get more value from our commodities. There are currently significant barriers to increasing value-added agriculture in Alberta, including, regulatory capacity, confusion about government services, a lack of access to capital for both industry to build facilities and for their municipal partners to build infrastructure to serve them, a lack of robust rural broadband internet, and political leadership not doing enough to champion the sector. 


Alberta’s NDP is committed to championing agriculture and working with the agri-food sector to address barriers to growth. We have written eight policy proposals to increase value-add processing and production in Alberta.


Our Proposals



  • Agriculture Navigation Services
  • Increase Staff dedicated to Agri-Food Sector and Value-Added Approvals
  • Create Alberta Value-Add Incentive Program
  • Local Food Incentive
  • Lower capital borrowing costs for irrigation districts and municipalities
  • Bridge the Digital Divide
  • Agriculture and AgTech must be core part of technology strategy 
  • Support and Strengthen Post-Secondary Institutions



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