Minister launches Canada’s first agricultural youth council
January 27, 2020 by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, launched the application process for the first Canadian Agricultural Youth Council last week. This group of young Canadians will be asked to provide valuable advice on agriculture and agri-food issues that matter most to them – everything from sustainable agriculture, market diversification and innovation, to the digital shift, intergenerational transfers and mental health.
“Including the voices of young people is essential as we build an even better Canada, now and for the future,” Bardish Chagger, Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth, said. “Members of the first ever Canadian Agricultural Youth Council will be able to share their ideas on how to bridge the generational gap and keep the Canadian agriculture and agri-food industry strong for years to come.”
Those selected for the Council will identify new and emerging issues, enable on-going dialogue on challenges and opportunities, share information and best practices, and provide advice on the strengths and weaknesses of policies and programs affecting the agriculture and agri-food sector.
The Council will meet twice a year, and additional meetings will be held online. It will provide a forum for members to work with Minister Bibeau, experienced public servants and national organizations. Council members will also have the opportunity to participate at roundtables and discussions, as well as in important government and industry events.
Council membership is intended to comprise a diverse group of youth from across the country, including representatives of Indigenous communities. Those aged 18 to 30 working within the agriculture and agri-food value chain, who are interested in shaping the future of the sector, are encouraged to apply by visiting www.agr.gc.ca/youth and completing an online application.
Applications are now being accepted, and the deadline to apply is February 14.