The agriculture sector, in the opinion of the Yukon Government, is essential to the territory. Under the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (Sustainable CAP), the new agricultural funding program for the Yukon was launched today by John Streicker, Minister of Energy, Mines, and Resources. On April 4, 2023, the Canada-Yukon Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership bilateral agreement and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada signed the program.
The Yukon’s expanding agriculture sector will receive $9.25 million from this new five-year agreement. From the previous funding program offered by the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, this represents a 25% increase in funding for cost-shared programming.
The five goals of the Sustainable CAP are to advance the agriculture sector’s competitiveness, innovation, and resilience:
- Tackling climate change and protecting the environment;
- Continued and targeted investments in science, research and innovation;
- Supporting market development and trade;
- Building sector capacity, growth and competitiveness; and
- Enhancing resiliency and public trust.
Sustainable CAP will continue to work to improve relationships with Indigenous Peoples and promote greater diversity and inclusion in the industry.