Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

September 23, 2016 16:03 ET

Minister of Agriculture Visits Southern Ontario to Engage with Youth on Key Agricultural Priorities

GUELPH, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Sept. 23, 2016) - Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay visited southern Ontario today to seek input from youth on key agricultural issues, tour the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario, and attend the International Plowing Match.

The youth engagement session was held at the University of Guelph where Minister MacAulay talked with young people involved in agriculture and industry organizations about the challenges and opportunities they face when choosing a career in agriculture. He also asked for their perspectives on the next agricultural policy framework.

While at the University of Guelph, Minister MacAulay also toured the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario which will benefit from the recently announced $76.6 million in funding from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund to launch the university's "Food From Thought" initiative. This research project aims to use high-tech information systems to produce enough food for the growing human population, while sustaining the earth's ecosystems.

Minister MacAulay ended his visit in southern Ontario by attending the International Plowing Match in Minto and reaffirming Canada's commitment to a strong agricultural industry and vibrant rural communities.

The government is currently engaging with stakeholders from across the country on the next federal-provincial-territorial (FPT) agricultural framework to build on successes of current programming and address challenges and opportunities for agriculture in the coming years. In-person and online consultation activities are ongoing to gather feedback that will help inform the next agricultural framework.

Quick facts

  • Growing Forward 2 is a $3-billion investment over five years (2013-2018) by federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) governments in programming to support innovation, competitiveness and market development.
  • Agriculture is a shared jurisdiction and FPT governments work closely in the development and the delivery of programs across the country.


"Our government is looking to youth to help shape the direction of the agriculture sector so it can become stronger and more innovative. From this meeting today, the tour of the University of Guelph's Biodiversity Institute of Ontario and the visit to the famous International Plowing Match in Minto, I am confident in the future of the sector and its ability to evolve and support vibrant middle-class Canadian communities."

  • Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

Additional links

Next Policy Framework Consultations

Growing Forward 2

Canada First Research Excellence Fund news release

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Contact Information

  • Guy Gallant
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay

    Media Relations
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario