The Government of Canada
supports career opportunities in agriculture
Mr. Pierre Lemieux, Member of Parliament for
Glengarry-Prescott-Russell, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister
of Human Resources and Social Development, announced funding to promote career
opportunities in the agricultural sector.
"Our government is creating the best-educated,
most-skilled and most flexible work force in the world," said Mr. Lemieux. "This
investment will help Canadians learn about career opportunities in agriculture,
and help the industry deal with skilled labour shortages."
Speaking at La Ferme Gillette in Embrun, Mr. Lemieux
announced $1,302,345 in federal funding for three projects led by the Canadian
Agricultural Human Resource Council (CAHRC). These projects are designed to
promote existing and new employment opportunities in the agriculture sector, and
ensure that all stakeholders are aware of the Council's research, programs and
"CAHRC is engaged in projects that are uncovering new
ways to recruit and retain agriculture workers, and increase training
opportunities for farmers to build new skills," said Ms. Danielle Vinette,
Executive Director of the Council. "This includes analyzing emerging agriculture
markets and the skills required of workers to better understand the training and
employment needs of farms that are getting into these new markets. It also means
raising awareness amongst Canadian agriculture stakeholders of the Council's
Through Canada's Sector Council Program, the
Government is providing $645,457 for CAHRC's Communications and Outreach
project, $371,826 for its Identifying On-Farm Occupations project, and $273,062
for its New Markets and Future Skills in Agriculture project. This funding of
$1,302,345 will help CAHRC to strengthen Canada's agriculture work force.
Since its creation in 2006, CAHRC has worked
successfully with industry leaders, governments and education stakeholders to
develop and implement programs and tools that deal with the most pressing human
resource challenges facing the agriculture industry.
Sector Council Program plays a vital role in
helping to meet the objectives set out in Advantage Canada, the Government of
Canada's long-term economic plan, which sets a bold but achievable goal: to have
the best-educated, most-skilled, and most flexible work force in the world.
Sector councils bring together governments, business, labour and educational
stakeholders in key sectors to share ideas, concerns and perspectives about work