Government of Canada invests in 4-H Canada to support the next generation of agricultural leaders
May 2, 2019 – Ottawa, Ontario – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Marie-Claude Bibeau announced an investment of up to $3 million under the AgriCompetiveness Program for 4-H Canada while meeting with a group of youth taking part in the 47th annual 4-H Canada Citizenship Congress in Ottawa. The funding will allow 4-H Canada to continue to deliver impactful national programming that will empower youth to be responsible, caring and contributing leaders.
With this investment, 4-H Canada aims to reach even more youth across Canada through relevant youth leadership programs and initiatives in the areas of sustainable agriculture, food security, science and technology, the environment, health and nutrition, and community engagement. Through the delivery of exchanges, internships, hands-on learning activities, and conferences like the annual Citizenship Congress, 4-H Canada will provide youth with opportunities to develop knowledge and capacity in these areas, advance their leadership skills, and explore various career paths.
In support of these activities, 4-H will deliver social media content, publications, and other communications materials and resources to a diverse spectrum of audiences in order to further expand the reach of 4-H clubs in rural communities.
"4-H Canada helps prepare generations of leaders, including girls, to take leadership positions in the agriculture sector and our government is committed to support this important work. Young farmers across Canada must have a public voice and play an active role in shaping the future of our agriculture industry to ensure our rural communities continue to thrive and that all Canadians have access to healthy food."
- Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
"4-H Canada is thankful to the Government of Canada for their continued investment in the development of youth leaders from Coast to Coast. This funding under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, ensures that 4-H'ers are empowered to develop relevant skills and knowledge, and explore career paths in the areas important to their generation: agriculture, science and technology, environmental sustainability, and health and nutrition. Through impactful programs, activities and mentorship, 4-H will continue to have support youth in their role as responsible, caring and contributing leaders positively impacting the world around them."
- David Hovell, Board Chair 4-H Canada
The AgriCompetitiveness Program, under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, supports sector-led activities that identify industry best practices and build the capacity of the sector, advance farm business management, farm safety information and tools, as well as activities which raise agricultural awareness.
One of the world's largest youth organizations, 4-H can be found in more than 70 countries across the globe. 4-H in Canada has more than 25,000 members and 7,700 volunteers.
Started in 1913, 4-H Canada is one of the country's longest-running and most well-respected positive youth development organizations. In 2018, more than 114 new 4-H clubs were formed in Canada.
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