March 8, 2019 – Ottawa, Ontario - Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Canada's agriculture and agri-food system is an economic engine, spurring job creation
and prosperity across the country. Each and every day, Canada's farmers and food
processors work hard to put safe, high-quality food on our tables, while driving
the economy and creating good, middle-class jobs, particularly in our rural communities.
Our food industry accounts for seven per cent of our GDP, valued at over $114 billion,
and creates 270,000 jobs, making it the nation's single largest employer.
Today, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Marie-Claude Bibeau, announced that
she will embark on her first agricultural tour. Minister Bibeau will meet with farmers,
processors and industry leaders, as well as participate in local agricultural events
to highlight strategic federal agricultural investments and programs and how they
will help to build an even stronger and more innovative sector for Canada.
The tour begins on March 11 in Vernon, British Columbia and ends on March 13 in
Winnipeg, Manitoba with stops in Kelowna, B.C. and Calgary, Alberta.
"I am thrilled to be kicking off my first agricultural tour in Western Canada in
my new role as federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food. This will be an opportunity
for me to meet with our world-class farmers and processors, as well as their representatives
on the ground. The future of the agriculture sector is full of new possibilities
and our Government is committed to contribute to its growth." Marie-Claude Bibeau,
Minister of Agriculture and Agri-food