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Projects funded to boost ag work force

An ag industry sector council’s work to deepen Canada’s agricultural labour pool has picked up $1.3 million in new federal funds.

Speaking Wednesday at La Ferme Gillette at Embrun, Ont., southern Ontario MP Pierre Lemieux announced the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council (CAHRC) will get funding for three projects through the federal Sector Council Program.

“These projects are designed to promote existing and new employment opportunities in the agriculture sector, and ensure that all stakeholders are aware of the council’s research, programs and learning tools,” the government said in a release.

“CAHRC is engaged in projects that are uncovering new ways to recruit and retain agriculture workers, and increase training opportunities for farmers to build new skills,” council executive Danielle Vinette said in the government’s release Wednesday.

“This includes analyzing emerging agriculture markets and the skills required of workers to better understand the training and employment needs of farms that are getting into these new markets.”

The three CAHRC projects to be funded include:

  • a Communications and Outreach project, which will receive $645,457;
  • an Identifying On-Farm Occupations project ($371,826); and
  • a New Markets and Future Skills in Agriculture project ($273,062).

“This investment will help Canadians learn about career opportunities in agriculture, and help the industry deal with skilled labour shortages,” Lemieux said.

CAHRC, operating since 2006, has worked with industry, governments and schools to develop and implement programs and tools to deal with human resource challenges in the ag sector. Sector councils such as CAHRC are meant to bring together governments, business, labour and educational stakeholders for information-sharing on work force issues.

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