ROCKWOOD, ONT (June 15th, 2021) – 4-H Ontario is pleased to announce a two-year continuation of their partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs to develop educational content and hands-on learning to inspire the next generation of youth to explore exciting careers in the agri-food sector. 

Through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership), 4-H Ontario will receive $700,000 per year for the next two years to support the growth of the province’s next generation of agri-food leaders. 

“We are elated to be able to continue this great, longstanding partnership with the government of Canada and Ontario” says Christine Oldfield, 4-H Ontario Executive Director. “With the help from the Canadian Agriculture Partnership, we can inspire the next generation of leaders in agriculture”. 

4-H Ontario youth members will have the opportunity to learn about careers in agriculture and agri-food businesses and how to develop the necessary skills that build Ontario communities. This funding allows 4-H Ontario to provide enhanced opportunities for youth aged 6-21 to reach their full potential through community-based clubs, all while encompassing the ‘Learn to Do by Doing’ motto. 
“This important program is an investment in Ontario’s local food security,” said the Honourable Ernie Hardeman, provincial Minister of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs. “4-H Ontario provides critical youth development to thousands of young people across the province and is one of the ways we can ensure the sustainability of our agri-food sector. With the motto, ‘Learn to Do by Doing,’ there are few educational opportunities that have the long-lasting influence on youth that 4-H does.” 

The Canadian Agricultural Partnership is a five-year, $3-billion commitment by Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial governments to strengthen and grow Canada’s agriculture and agri-food sector. This includes a $2 billion commitment that is cost-shared 60 per cent federally and 40 per cent provincially/territorially for programs that are designed and delivered by provinces and territories.