Federal government gives 4-H $1-million

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz attended the Canadian 4-H Council’s an­nual general meeting recently and announced funding of over $1-million on behalf of Heri­tage Minister James Moore.


Ritz was presented with a certificate recognizing Agricul­ture and Agri-Food Canada as a founding member of the Cana­dian 4-H Council.

"To keep Canadian agri­cul­ture ahead of the pack, we need to make sure that a bright fut­ure awaits tomorrow’s farm­ers," said Ritz. "This invest­ment will help 4-H continue their excellent work in devel­op­ing the leaders of tomorrow, from farm leaders to those across all sectors."

This money from Canadian Heritage’s Exchanges Canada program will go to two projects over three years. The youth exchanges pro­ject and the National 4-H Citi­zenship Sem­inar project will help youth connect, experience the div­er­sity of Canada’s com­munities, languages and cul­tures, and get involved in the future.

 "The 4-H Youth Exchanges Canada enables youth to be­come acquainted with other Canadians, to make lasting friend­ships, and acquire life skills such as responsible citizenship, leadership, and engagement," said Moore. "By supporting young people to be­come active and engaged citi­zens, the government of Can­ada is building a strong nation for our future."

The funding is in addition to the $3-million spending delivered under Growing For­ward announced last year. The money was in support of the 4-H Council’s national pro­gram to help Canadian youth succeed in their future careers.

"We are extremely pleased to see the continuing invest­ment in the 4-H program from the government of Canada," said Judy Shaw, president of the Canadian 4-H Council. "The Canadian 4-H Council has a long-standing partnership with the government of Can­ada, and this investment goes a long way to ensure that 4-H members have access to new and exciting opportunities across this great country."

To learn more, visit www.4-H-Canada.ca.