Canada’s Agriculture Day follows a week after the release of 2016 Canada Census population data showing the intense urbanization of the population, with Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver now home to one-third of all Canadians (12.5 million). Less than three per cent of the Canadian population today have any link to agriculture today — in the 1930s more than 90 per cent of the population did.
It’s all about showing our love, pride and passion for an industry that puts food on our tables,” Hill said. We want to give everyone the opportunity to have a voice in the conversation and celebrate the industry that feeds the world.
An often overlooked area of potential for newcomers to Canada, CFN is currently in the process of creating an employment training program for immigrants that addresses the shortfall of 26,000 employees in the Canadian agriculture market. Partnering with employers in the agriculture industry and receiving support from the MLA for Olds, CFN are exploring a potential partnership with Olds College to implement this program. This initiative is designed to match agricultural workers who have arrived in Canada, with suitable work here in the Calgary Area. CBC News Radio talked about the importance and practicality of such an initiative to CFN CEO Anila Lee Yuen. To hear the story in its entirely simply CLICK HERE.
From all of us here at CFN, a huge thank you to everyone within and attached to the agricultural industry. Happy Agricultural Day!