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Canada unveils first ever Agricultural Youth Council

02 August 2020

Canada's Minister of Agriculture announced the members of the new Canadian Agricultural Youth Council.

The 25 young people were chosen from more than 800 applications received, representing a diverse mix of subsectors from across the agriculture and agri-food sector, as well as from every province and the North.

Young Canadians are dynamic, engaged and passionate about the future of the agriculture and agri-food sector, and giving them a voice at the table is an important commitment of the Government of Canada.

Minister Bibeau said, "I'm looking forward to virtually meeting the members of the first-ever Canadian Agricultural Youth Council. Each of these young leaders will bring a unique experience and perspective to the table. Together, the members will help shape the future of Canada's sustainable agricultural industry."

As a consultative body to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the Canadian Agricultural Youth Council will have the opportunity to offer suggestions on Government priorities, as well as identify problems and propose solutions on issues that matter most to them, all while developing leadership skills and building professional relationships.

Council members will provide their insights on a variety of topics, which could include: how the sector is adapting to COVID-19, business risk management programs, sustainable agriculture, market diversification, skills and labour, intergenerational farm transfers, and mental health. The Council will meet multiple times annually, with a virtual inaugural meeting planned for August 2020.

The Government of Canada is committed to engaging with youth and has announced a number of measures, including the Canada Summer Jobs program and the Youth Employment and Skills Program, to ensure young Canadians have the support and tools they need to thrive.

In response to the announcement, Bardish Chagger, Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth said:

"I am proud to lend my support to this announcement of the members of the Canadian Agricultural Youth Council. These 25 young Canadians will be integral to keeping an open and ongoing dialogue on challenges and opportunities for Canada's agricultural sector. Our Government is committed to including youth voices in decision making, and encouraging business development among the next generation of young entrepreneurs."



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