Thompson takes action on implementing Agri-Food Careers Motion

QUEEN’S PARK – Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson generated a flurry of activity among the Liberals today during question period when she inquired of the Premier why nothing has been done for two years to see her Private Member’s Motion, Growing Agri-Food Jobs, implemented in Ontario classrooms.

Thompson introduced a Private Members Motion, known as Growing Agri-Food Jobs, in 2015, which called on the government to incorporate a component on agri-food career opportunities in the grades 9 and 10 Careers and Guidance curriculum. The motion passed with support from all Parties, but to date has still not been acted on.

“The Premier and her Ministers have all recognized that this is an important initiative and needs to get done. That was made clear two years ago, and again today when they began discussions among themselves after my question. I’m looking forward to working with the Minister of Education in order to see it rolled out in time for the next academic year. We need to be ensuring that our young people are aware, appreciate, and are able to pursue the opportunities available to them in the agri-food sector,” said Thompson.

During her tenure as the Minister of Agriculture, the Premier issued the 2020 Agri-Food Jobs Challenge, and a 2012 University of Guelph study has estimated that for every graduate of an agriculture program, three jobs await them. Most recently, a report from the Canadian Agricultural Human Resources Council (CAHRC) has warned that if steps aren’t taken, the labour shortage in the industry will double by 2025.

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