Wed, 28 Mar 2018
OTTAWA, Ontario, 27 March 2018 – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC): The Government of Canada recognises the important role women play in the agriculture and agri-food sector, as well as the Canadian economy at large
This is why Budget 2018 launched the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy to better support women entrepreneurs, to help them grow their businesses and to remove barriers to their success.
Yesterday, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lawrence MacAulay, and his wife, Frances MacAulay, attended the Advancing Women in Agriculture Conference in Calgary, where they spoke to participants about their experiences as dairy and potato farmers, and the importance of leadership roles for women in agriculture. Minister MacAulay emphasised the Government of Canada's ongoing commitment to helping women build capacity in the agriculture and agri-food sector.
The Minister also took the opportunity to highlight the Canadian Agricultural Partnership's AgriDiversity program, a new federal program to be launched on April 1, 2018, as well as a number of steps taken in Budget 2018 to support women in agriculture.
"It was an honour to be able to attend this conference with my wife, Frances. Women make a vital contribution to the agriculture and agri-food sector and the Canadian economy, which is why our Government continues to support the full participation of women in science, business and other areas that are essential to growing the sector. Gender equality is not only the right thing to do for Canadians; it's the smart thing to do, said the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, minister of agriculture and agri-food.
As reported by the AAFC