Former Agriculture and Agri-food Minister Lawrence MacAulay was on hand to announce $1.5 million from the federal government to go towards Agriculture in the Classroom Canada (AITC-C). The money comes from two programs under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP).
“Agriculture in the Classroom helps raise awareness and educate young Canadians on the role of our hard-working farm families and their important contribution to creating jobs and growing our economy. Agriculture is one of Canada’s most important industries,” says Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs. “Our government is proud to support projects like these that foster the next generation of farmers and processors.”
Close to $1 million will be given under the AgriCompetitiveness program. This money will help raise awareness of agriculture and increase youth engagement, develop new and expand existing online educational tools, and engage industry through ongoing information sessions and learning events.
The other $500,000 will fall under the AgriDiversity program, and will enable AITC-C to create and further develop tools and programs related to agriculture to be used in Canadian classrooms at all grade levels, increasing educators’ capacity to teach agriculture literacy. According to a news release, through this project, AITC-C will engage directly with students using in-person and online resources to foster a greater understanding of the agriculture and agri-food industry. These efforts will enhance interest in the sector’s career opportunities and overall public trust.
“Agriculture in the Classroom Canada, alongside its provincial members, is deeply grateful to receive this generous investment through the CAP program. Canadians have a strong and proud agricultural history, which extends far beyond farming and into science, technology, engineering, math, business and more,” says Johanne Ross, executive director of AITC-C. “With this contribution, and through sector-wide collaboration, we will be able to reach more young Canadians than ever before to share this important story and inspire a lifelong passion for learning about agriculture and food.”