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Ag literacy receives federal investment

Ag literacy receives federal investment

Minister Bibeau announced funding of up to $1.6 million

By Diego Flammini
Staff Writer

The federal government is investing in agriculture literacy across the country.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau announced up to $1.6 million in funding for Agriculture in the Classroom Canada (AITC-C) on Monday morning to help kick off the tenth Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month.

AITC-C will receive the funding over two years from the AgriCompetitiveness Program under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.

The funding will help the organization “develop new tools to inspire our young people to learn more about our dynamic agriculture and food industry,” Bibeau said during a video conference. “All of this will help light the spark for the next generation of agriculture leaders.”

AITC-C’s mission is to build meaningful connections to agriculture and food and creating an impact in Canadian classrooms.

This government support will allow the organization to continue to do this important work, said Johanne Ross, executive director of AITC-C.

Part of the funding will be used to introduce new platforms to help educators deliver ag information in a virtual format.

“One is a new customized learning management system which means teachers can bring interactive learning to the smart boards in their classrooms,” Ross said during the virtual announcement. “The other is the continued expansion of the Canadian Educator Resource Matrix. Any teacher in Canada can go into this matrix and get curriculum-linked resources for their specific province and grade level.”

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