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Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

February 19, 2014 14:50 ET

Harper Government Invests in Farm Safety

The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association receives funding in support of five year project.

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwired - Feb. 19, 2014) - Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Minister of State for Social Development, Candice Bergen, on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz today announced a five-year investment of up to $3.4 million to the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) to advance safety on Canadian farms. CASA will use this funding for their goal of supporting the safety of Canadian farmers, their families and their workers, through the development and promotion of farm safety standards.

CASA's activities also contribute to the competitiveness and profitability of farms by providing tools to help producers manage safety risks that can lead to financial loss.

Quick Facts

  • This funding is provided under the Fostering Business Development stream of AgriCompetitiveness-a $114 million program under Growing Forward 2 which aims to strengthen the agriculture sector's ability to adapt and compete in Canadian and global markets
  • CASA co-ordinates, develops and leads national initiatives to help farmers, their families and workers recognize and manage safety risks.

Quotes

"Farm safety is a critical part of risk management for farmers in Canada," said Minister Bergen. "I am pleased to be able to announce this funding to CASA to assist them in ensuring a strong, safe, and productive agriculture industry."

- Candice Bergen, Minister of State for Social Development

"The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association would like to thank Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada for its continued support. AAFC's investment in CASA will enable us to continue promoting a culture of safety on Canada's farms, positioning Canadian agriculture to be competitive for years to come"

- Denis Bilodeau, Chair of the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association.

Associated Links

www.casa-acsa.ca

www.agr.gc.ca/GF2

Contact Information

  • Jeff English
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz
    613-773-1059

    Media Relations
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    613-773-7972
    1-866-345-7972
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