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Maintaining Access to Agricultural Skills Training in Eastern Ontario

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Maintaining Access to Agricultural Skills Training in Eastern Ontario

Province Supporting Continued Operations at Kemptville Campus

Ontario is providing $2 million to the University of Guelph to ensure it can continue to offer valuable skills training programs at its Kemptville campus for the next academic year.

The funding will allow the university to provide skills training in trades that support the agricultural sector in eastern Ontario, including:

  • Agricultural equipment technician
  • Heavy duty equipment technician
  • Truck and coach technician
  • Welder
  • Horticultural technician
  • Dairy herdsperson

In addition to regular apprenticeship training, the campus will continue to offer pre-apprenticeship programming as well as the co-op diploma apprenticeship program, which allows participants to earn a college diploma while completing in-class apprenticeship training. Students already enrolled in the campus's associate diploma programs in agriculture, equine care and food science will be able to complete their programs in Kemptville for 2014-15.

Supporting access to skills training that support the agricultural sector is part of the government's economic plan that is creating jobs for today and tomorrow. The comprehensive plan and its six priorities focus on Ontario's greatest strengths -- its people and strategic partnerships.

Quick Facts

  • Kemptville College was established in 1916 and has operated as part of the Ontario Agriculture College of the University of Guelph since 1997.
  • Collège Boréal, La Cité collégiale and the Ontario government are working collaboratively to ensure that students can continue to study at Campus d’Alfred for the 2014-15 academic year.
  • A provincially established implementation committee will lead the process to find a long-term solution to ensure that programs are offered by Francophones, for Francophones at Campus d’Alfred.
  • Ontario’s agri-food industry is home to Canada’s largest food processing sector, accounting for 3,000 businesses.
  • Ontario’s agri-food industry contributes approximately $34 billion to the province’s economy and supports more than 740,000 jobs across the province.

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Kathleen Wynne

“High-quality education, skills training and a strong agri-food sector are vital to our province’s success. We are committed to working with our partners in the agri-food and education sectors to ensure the work the University of Guelph has been doing in Kemptville continues to benefit the region and our province as a whole.”

Kathleen Wynne

Premier and Minister of Agriculture and Food

Jeff Leal

“With today’s announcement, the government is maintaining a network of quality education options that will support the future growth of rural communities, an important focus in our government’s Rural Roadmap plan.”

Jeff Leal

Minister of Rural Affairs

Brad Duguid

“Our government understands and appreciates the importance of students in eastern Ontario having access to high quality agricultural programs and services. I am thrilled with the collaborative work that has been done to help ensure that classes at the Kemptville campus can continue in the near future and I look forward to local community partners working towards a long-term solution that will help this great campus thrive.”

Brad Duguid

Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities

Grant Crack

“These skills programs are important to this region and to the agriculture industry across the province. There is a great opportunity – and willingness on the part of many – to find a community-focused solution that works for everyone.””

Grant Crack

Parliamentary Assistant, Rural Affairs and Francophone Affairs

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