County of Brant Welcomes New Conestoga College Agricultural Equipment Operator Program

On Friday, October 2, 2020, the Governments of Ontario and Canada announced the investment of $180,000.00 for the development of a new college program that will provide education and training on the latest agriculture equipment to be hosted in the County of Brant by Conestoga College.
“Agriculture is by far the biggest single industry in Brant and Brantford,” said Will Bouma, Member of Provincial Parliament for Brantford-Brant. “To see the Governments of Ontario and Canada come together to support the development of a new college program to train in the latest agricultural equipment can only strengthen our goal of food self-sufficiency in Ontario.”
This funding comes from the Canadian Agriculture Partnership. The federal and provincial governments will assist in the creation, launch, and delivery of this pilot program at Conestoga’s Brantford Airport Campus, located in the County of Brant.
“The Agriculture Equipment program is a perfect fit for the County and region,” said Phil McColeman, Member of Parliament for Brantford-Brant. “Conestoga’s Airport Campus is a premier training centre, delivering the skills that lead to meaningful, well-paying jobs.”
This pilot program will provide skills for those currently working in the agriculture sector, along with those who are looking to find employment in an agriculture equipment operation role. The development of the pilot program was initiated by the County of Brant’s Economic Development with Conestoga College and in collaboration with the South Central Ontario Region Economic Development Corporation (SCOR) and the Workforce Planning Board of Grand Erie.
“We are very pleased that this new program, which we are very proud to have been involved in from the beginning, will be delivered in the County of Brant,” said Russell Press, Director of Economic Development and Tourism for the County of Brant. “The County of Brant has long been identified with rural living, agricultural output, and the value of farming. This initiative further advances our strategy of support and development within the Agriculture sector; a sector we are proud of in terms of our history, as well as, for the bright future of this sector within the County of Brant.”
The County of Brant is also involved in several initiatives that aim to strengthen its agriculture sector, including an On-Farm Diversified Uses project that Brant’s Planning Division is undertaking.
The County is continuing to work on comprehensive initiatives to support agriculture in the County of Brant and will continue to explore future opportunities in precision agriculture, labour force development, and tourism

County of Brant Welcomes New Conestoga College Agricultural Equipment Operator Program

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