June 22, 2018 – Ottawa, Ontario – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Canada's agriculture and agri-food sector is an economic engine, spurring job creation
and prosperity across the country. The agriculture system generates over $110 billion
of our gross domestic product and $64.6 billion of our exports, while employing
more Canadians than any other manufacturing industry in the country. At the foundation
of this economic engine are almost 200,000 producers and thousands of small to medium-sized
agri-food entrepreneurs across the country. Canada's agriculture and agri-food sector
was recently identified by the government as one of six sectors with high potential
for growth and job creation.
Today, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lawrence MacAulay, announced that
he will be heading across the country on the 'Growing Canadian Agriculture' tour.
The Minister will meet with farmers, processors and industry leaders, as well as
participate in rural agricultural events, to highlight strategic federal agricultural
investments and programs - including those recently launched under the Canadian
Agricultural Partnership - and how they will help to build an even stronger and more
innovative sector for Canada.
The tour begins on June 25 in La Prairie, Quebec and ends on July 17 in Abbotsford,
B.C. with stops in Alberta, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island
"I look forward to kicking off this tour to meet with hardworking farmers, processors
and agricultural leaders across the country to discuss the tremendous promise and
potential ahead for the agricultural sector. The Government of Canada is committed
to working in partnership with Canada's farmers and processors to keep Canada's
agriculture and food industry strong and growing for generations to come." - Lawrence
MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food