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Canadian Agricultural Skills Service (CASS):

Plans, Spending and Results

Name of Lead Department: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)

Lead Department Program Activity: Innovation and Renewal

Start Date of the Horizontal Initiative: April 1, 2003.

End Date of the Horizontal Initiative: March 31, 2008 (extended to March 31, 2009).

Total Federal Funding Allocation: $74.58 million over six years


Farmers and/or their spouses are offered assistance for skills development and access to training that could result in increased on or off-farm income. Assistance is provided to access training in areas such as improved farm practices and farm business management including accounting, finance, human resource management; training for other employment; or training to acquire skills for starting a new business. To access training, financial support such as tuition fees for courses, supplies for courses as well as travel and accommodation is provided. By providing assistance for skills development and training, this horizontal initiative contributes to the strategic outcome of innovation for growth. Further details can be found at the following web link:

Shared Outcomes

  1. Farmers' profitability increased;
  2. Improved choices about sources of income; and
  3. Production of farm products based on market and consumer demands respecting food safety and food quality and environmentally-responsible production, and opportunities from science and innovation captured.

Governance Structure

Program development with Renewal federal/provincial/territorial working group. Program delivery by Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC), Provincial Governments and Third Party delivery agents.


Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Human Resources and Social Development Canada

Contact Information:
Johanne Métayer, Director
Renewal Division, Farm Financial Programs Branch
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada