Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

March 16, 2005 10:48 ET

AAFC: Government of Canada Provides $2.4 Million for National 4-H Programs


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MARCH 16, 2005 - 10:48 ET

AAFC: Government of Canada Provides $2.4 Million for
National 4-H Programs

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 16, 2005) - Agriculture and
Agri-Food Canada is providing $2.4 million to help support and expand
the Canadian 4-H Council's national 4-H programs.

Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Andy Mitchell announced the
funding today under the renewal component of the Agricultural Policy
Framework.

"The Government of Canada is committed to Canada's rural youth, and has
a long history of working together with the Canadian 4-H Council to help
our rural and agricultural communities grow and prosper," said Minister
Mitchell. "Through this funding, the Government of Canada is helping
ensure the valuable programs, services and experiences offered by 4-H
across the country can continue, to the benefit of our young people and
the agriculture industry as a whole."

The Canadian 4-H Council will receive $600,000 in each fiscal year from
2004 to 2008 to support its main national conferences: the National 4-H
Conference, the National 4-H Volunteer Leaders' Conference, the National
4-H Citizenship Seminar, and the National 4-H Careers Conference.

The funding will also allow for the expansion of a national online
provincial resource sharing network, as well as help provincial 4-H
organizations with the development of 4-H products and activities
focusing on leadership and skills development. The Renewal Opportunities
Program (ROP) will also be expanded, providing up to $70,000 to
provincial 4-H agencies to develop new programs that focus on youth and
rural development. The funding will also support the Council's
development of a new Strategic Plan to ensure long term relevancy of the
4-H program in Canada.

"This funding announcement is tremendously positive news for 4-H in
Canada," said George Klosler, president of Canadian 4-H Council. "The
Canadian 4-H Council is grateful for this opportunity to continue to
improve its national programs and services aimed at developing
tomorrow's agricultural leaders."

The Agricultural Policy Framework is composed of five elements: food
safety and food quality, environment, science and innovation, renewal,
and business risk management. The framework is designed to maximize
opportunities for the Canadian agriculture industry to safeguard and
enhance the food safety and quality system in Canada through science and
environmentally sound agricultural practices.

The Canadian 4-H Council is a not-for-profit agency that co-ordinates
all national 4-H activities in Canada. Founded in 1933, the Council
offers conferences, exchanges, scholarships and international travel
opportunities to thousands of 4-H Members and Leaders across the
country. For more information visit www.4-h-canada.ca.

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Contact Information

  • FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
    Canadian 4-H Council
    Chris Forrest
    Communications Manager
    (613) 234-4448
    cforrest@4-h-canada.ca
    or
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Elizabeth Whiting
    Press Secretary, Minister Mitchell's Office
    (613) 759-1059
    or
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Media Relations
    Ottawa
    1-866-345-7972
    media@agr.gc.ca