The governments of Canada and Ontario have announced that Guelph will host the annual conference of federal, provincial and territorial agricultural ministers in 2020. The last time that Ontario hosted this meeting was in 2009.
Taking place in July next year, the focus of the 2020 Federal-Provincial-Territorial Agriculture Ministers Conference will be 'Strong Agrifood: Strong Economy.'
"As a world class hub of agri-food innovation and a winner of the Smart Cities Challenge for their Circular Food Economy proposal, Guelph is a perfect venue for the annual conference of Federal-Provincial-Territorial (FPT) ministers of agriculture," said Marie-Claude Bibeau, federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food. "The meeting provides a forum for ministers to discuss opportunities for sector development and growth. We look forward to working together to explore agri-food leadership and innovation in Guelph in 2020."
"Guelph's agricultural roots stretch back to our city's founding in 1827, and we are proud to be a hub of agri-food and agri-innovation today. We are thrilled to be chosen to host this conference. This will be a chance to shine a spotlight on local innovations and opportunities, such as Guelph and Wellington's successful bid to become Canada's first circular food economy," said Guelph Mayor Cam Guthrie.
"The University of Guelph stands at the centre of an agri-food research and innovation hub based in the Guelph area," said University of Guelph President Franco Vaccarino. "Along with our numerous regional partners, we look outward to address important challenges and seek out opportunities, both nationally and internationally.”
Source: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs July 10, 2019 news release