Minister MacAulay Concludes Second "Growing Canadian Agriculture" Tour

Published: September 26, 2018

Minister MacAulay Concludes Second

The agriculture and agri-food sector is vital to Canada’s economy, providing high-quality, nutritious and safe food for Canadians and people around the world and creating good, middle-class jobs. Canada’s agriculture and agri-food system contributes over $110 billion of our gross domestic product, and last year our agriculture, food and seafood exports hit an all-time record of $64.6 billion. The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring the sector remains an engine of growth for our economy.

In August, the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lawrence MacAulay, embarked on the second “Growing Canadian Agriculture” tour, which concluded on Friday in Southwestern Ontario. During the tour the Minister travelled to many parts of the country to meet with farmers, processors, and industry leaders, and participated in rural agricultural events.

Several strategic federal agricultural investments were highlighted during the tour, which will help keep the sector on the cutting edge. Since the launch of the first tour, Minister MacAulay has announced over $70 million in new agricultural research clusters under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership to key areas of the sector, including organic, canola, pulse, agronomy, beef, pork and grape and wine.

During the second part of the tour, Minister MacAulay also announced the details of the Government of Canada’s $70M investment to address significant environmental challenges and hire approximately 75 scientists and science professionals in emerging fields of agricultural science. Other key investments to support growth and innovation in the dairy, livestock and hemp sectors, as well as securing of market access for British Columbia fresh cherries to Japan were announced. Together, these investments and activities will help build an even stronger and more innovative sector for Canada.