Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Marie-Claude Bibeau has announced 4-H Canada will receive up to $3 million over three years for the development and delivery of innovative programs and initiatives across Canada.
The funding comes from the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) AgriCompetitiveness program. Minister Bibeau made the announcement to a group of 70 4-H youth on Parliament Hill as part of the 47th annual 4-H Canada Citizenship Congress.
“4-H Canada welcomes the Government of Canada’s continued investment in impactful positive youth development,” says David Hovell, 4-H Canada chair. “This funding commitment will ensure 4-H members are empowered to develop relevant skills and knowledge while exploring career paths in the areas important to their generation: agriculture, food security, science, technology, environmental sustainability, healthy living, communications, and community engagement.”
According to a news release, over the next three years, 4-H Canada will work collaboratively with partners and stakeholders. This will ensure Canadian youth have opportunities to engage in the agriculture and agri-food industry meaningfully, as well as other related sectors, by providing training and mentorship opportunities to grow their practical knowledge and leadership skills through conferences, exchanges, internships, and hands-on learning activities.