Minister Bibeau in Charlottetown in Support of Young Leaders in Agriculture
“Canada’s young farmers are the future of farming and vital to the sector’s continued competitiveness. Our Government is creating opportunities for young Canadians from across the agriculture and agri-food sector so they can build rewarding careers. I look forward to working closely with young leaders through my youth council and hearing more from Canada’s young women and men in agriculture. After all, the future belongs to them.”
- The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
“Young people should be part of the decision making process and the Canadian Agricultural Youth Council is an innovative way to have these voices shared. The Council members’ insights will be integral in keeping an open and ongoing dialogue on the opportunities and challenges of the agricultural sector. The Government of Canada supports youth entrepreneurship and is committed to encouraging business development in the next generation.”
- The Honourable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth
More than 800 applications were received for the new Canadian Agricultural Youth Council during the application period (Jan 24-Feb 14).
The Government of Canada is investing $492 million through Employment and Social Development’s Youth Employment and Skills Strategy (YESS) program for over 270 projects across Canada to help young people facing barriers to employment.
The Farm Credit Canada (FCC) Young Farmer Loan gives preferential rates of up to $1 million for young farmers up to 39 years old.
FCC’s Young Entrepreneur Loan gives special rates of up to $1 million for agri-food business owners up to 39 years old.
The FCC Starter Loan of up to $50,000 is offered at preferential rates, with no fees and is available to both primary producers and agri-businesses, for applicants 18-25 years old.
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