Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Marie-Claude Bibeau launched the application process for the first Canadian Agricultural Youth Council.

The group of young Canadians will provide advice on agriculture and agri-food issues that matter most to them, everything from sustainable agriculture, market diversification and innovation, to the digital shift, intergenerational transfers and mental health.

The young women and men in Canada’s agriculture and agri-food sector have a valuable perspective on the challenges and opportunities facing them," said Bibeau. "I am very proud to be launching the first Canadian Agricultural Youth Council because we need to bring the voices of these young women and men to the table and ensure that they take part in the decisions that affect their future. I want our young leaders to share their vision with us and help implement it.

The Council will identify new and emerging issues, enable on-going dialogue on challenges and opportunities, share information and best practices, and provide advice on the strengths and weaknesses of policies and programs affecting the agriculture and agri-food sector.

The Council will meet twice a year, and additional meetings will be held online. It will provide a forum for members to work with Minister Bibeau, experienced public servants and national organizations. Council members will also have the opportunity to participate in roundtables and discussions, as well as in important government and industry events.

Council membership will comprise of a diverse group of youth from across the country, including representatives of Indigenous communities. It's open to women and men aged 18 to 30 working within the agriculture and agri-food value chain.

The application deadline is February 14, 2020.