Strengthening diversity in Canadian agriculture


May 31, 2022 – Ottawa, Ontario – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

The five projects announced today total up to $734,806 to help organizations increase the participation of under-represented groups in the Canadian agriculture and agri-food industry.



Project description

Federal funding
(up to)

Fédération des Agricultrices du Québec:
The Fédération des Agricultrices du Québec is a farm women's network dedicated to developing the potential of women in the sector and lobbying on issues that directly affect farm women and their families.

Longueuil, Quebec

Through the project, the organization will strengthen the entrepreneurial skills of 270 farm women, integrating linguistic minorities across Canada. It will also promote the Dimension E entrepreneurial training program and develop new business partnerships to help farm women develop their business skills.


Native Women's Association of Canada:
The Native Women's Association of Canada represents the political voice of Indigenous women, girls and gender-diverse people in Canada, with a goal to promote and enhance the social, economic, cultural and political well-being of Indigenous women in Canada.

Ottawa, Ontario

The funding will allow the association to empower Métis, Inuit, and First Nations women, girls, two-spirit, transgender, and gender-diverse people to grow traditional food and medicine, while obtaining a better understanding of agriculture and agri-food through an Indigenous lens. The association is installing a rooftop greenhouse at its Gatineau location in order to explore urban horticultural possibilities. The produce grown will be used in the building's state-of-the-art kitchen to make Indigenous-based meals for patrons, adding a new kind of cuisine to Gatineau's urban culinary experience. As well, the association will use two satellite rural growing areas to provide smart growth strategies for food security in small Indigenous towns and rural communities.


Indigenous Works:
Indigenous Works, formerly the Aboriginal Human Resource Council, has for over 20 years worked with companies and organizations to strengthen their performance and results in Indigenous employment, workplace engagement and inclusion.

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

The purpose of this project is to identify gaps, challenges and opportunities for Indigenous peoples and organizations participating in the agriculture and agri-food industry. Indigenous Works will engage with sector organizations and Indigenous stakeholders to develop a strategy to increase Indigenous participation and innovation in the industry.


Canadian Federation of Agriculture:
The Canadian Federation of Agriculture was formed in 1935 as a unified voice to speak on behalf of Canadian farmers and today represents approximately 200,000 farm families across the country.

Ottawa, Ontario

The funding will support the organization's Engaging and Advancing Women in Agriculture project, which will help provide farm organizations across Canada with a framework to help systematically address the barriers women face in getting involved in agriculture. It will also celebrate women who have become leaders in the sector.


The Do More Agriculture Foundation:
The Do More Agriculture Foundation is the national voice and champion for mental health in Canadian agriculture.

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

The purpose of this project is to engage national stakeholders in the development of a research report to identify gaps in mental health support for women and youth working in the agriculture industry and share recommendations for collective action in the industry to address the gaps.


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Office of the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

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