The Federal Government has announced an investment of more than $1.5 million to Agriculture in the Classroom Canada (AITC-C).

The investment was made under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) through the AgriCompetitiveness and AgriDiversity programs.

“Agriculture in the Classroom Canada, alongside its provincial members, is deeply grateful to receive this generous investment through the CAP program," said Johanne Ross, Executive Director, Agriculture in the Classroom Canada. "Canadians have a strong and proud agricultural history, which extends far beyond farming and into science, technology, engineering, math, business and more. With this contribution, and through sector-wide collaboration, we will be able to reach more young Canadians than ever before to share this important story and inspire a lifelong passion for learning about agriculture and food.”

AgriCompetitiveness funding of almost $1 million will help raise awareness of agriculture and increase youth engagement, develop new and expand existing online educational tools, and engage industry through ongoing information sessions and learning events.

Under AgriDiversity, an investment of more than $500,000 will enable AITC-C to create and further develop tools and programs related to agriculture to be used in Canadian classrooms at all grade levels, increasing educators’ capacity to teach agriculture literacy. Through this project, AITC-C will engage directly with students using in-person and online resources to foster a greater understanding of the agriculture and agri-food industry.