Canada has Identified Agriculture & Agri-Food as a Key Growth Sector
Particularly in rural communities, Canada's hardworking farmers and food processors are the backbone of Canada's economy. Their work ensures families across Canada, and around the world, have safe, high-quality food on their tables.
Government has identified agriculture and agri-food as a key growth sector and we are committed to supporting our farmers and food processors with strategic investments that expand growth and create well-paying middle class jobs.
Member of Parliament for Kelowna — Lake Country, Stephen Fuhr congratulated Canada's Outstanding Young Farmers at their 2017 National Recognition event in Penticton, British Columbia, on behalf of Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister, Lawrence MacAulay.
MP Fuhr seized on the occasion to highlight the creation of 320 new jobs in the agriculture and agri-food sector through youth employment initiatives funded under Budget 2017. To date, over $3.05 million has been invested to help fund internships that provide youth with meaningful work experiences, elevating their chance at getting high-quality, well-paying jobs in the agriculture and agri-food sector.
Also highlighted was Minister MacAulay's recent announcement of a $1 billion investment in federal initiatives under the Canadian Agriculture Partnership. The Partnership will include support to help new and existing young farmers take a greater leadership role, build their business skills and share best practices for a stronger, more dynamic sector.