Ontario has entered into a new agreement with the University of Guelph for up to 10 years that will support the growth and competitiveness of Ontario’s agri-food sector, create jobs and further solidify the province’s position as a global leader in agri-food education, research and innovation.
Jeff Leal, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, was joined by University of Guelph President Dr. Franco Vaccarino, in Guelph today to sign the agreement and mark Canada’s Agriculture Day.
The new agreement builds on a longstanding collaboration spanning more than 100 years and will strengthen Ontario’s leadership in agri-food research and innovation, food safety and the protection of plant, animal and human health. The agreement will also equip undergraduate and graduate students with the skills they need to become the next generation of researchers, innovators and policy-makers in Ontario’s growing agri-food sector.
Training the next generation of leaders in Ontario’s agri-food sector is part of our plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable childcare, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.