Ontario Addressing Recommendations for Kemptville and Alfred Campuses
Supporting Agricultural Education Options in Eastern Ontario
The province is working with local municipalities to determine options for a sustainable path forward for agricultural education in Eastern Ontario.
In December 2014, Ontario received reports from two facilitators appointed by the province, Lyle Vanclief and Marc Godbout, on the future of the University of Guelph's Kemptville and Alfred campuses.
Ontario is now taking steps to address the future of agricultural education in Eastern Ontario, including:
- Ensuring the current cohort of Alfred Campus students finish their studies and accepting a new intake of students for the 2015-2016 school year
- Working to ensure both Kemptville and Alfred campuses remain positive economic assets for the communities they serve
- Working with the municipality of North Grenville to provide resources and support, and establishing a working group to explore new models for delivering agricultural learning, training and instruction at the Kemptville Campus
- Maintaining the Kemptville Campus facility for public use as the government enters into negotiation with North Grenville to transfer the property to the municipality
- Assisting local communities to develop a strategic approach to long-term ownership of the Alfred Campus, crafted to maximize the economic potential of the facility
Ensuring the sustainability of agricultural education and supporting French-language postsecondary education are part of the government's economic plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive business climate on a foundation of fiscal responsibility, and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.
- 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.
“Our government is ensuring that students at each campus can complete their programs. Moving forward, we will continue to assist the respective municipalities as they evaluate strategic and sustainable long-term options that encourage agricultural and French-language postsecondary education.”
“Kemptville and Alfred campuses represent more than bricks and mortar, buildings, roads, and equipment. They are an important part of the culture and tradition of agriculture in eastern Ontario, as well as an economic pillar for the local communities. By moving forward with key recommendations for their future, Ontario is working to secure a sustainable path forward for these institutions. Future plans will support local economic development, as well as agricultural learning and training in eastern Ontario.”
“Our government is committed to the delivery of high-quality French language agricultural programs in Eastern Ontario. We will continue to work with the local francophone and agricultural communities in order to support economic development and develop a sustainable strategy for Alfred.”