Agriculture

B.C. and Yukon partner on strategies to feed the North

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Agriculture

B.C. and Yukon partner on strategies to feed the North

Media Contacts
Blake Bilmer
Junior Public Affairs Officer
British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture
Government Communications and Public Engagement
blake.bilmer@gov.bc.ca
250 880-5391
Matthew Cameron
Yukon Cabinet Communications
Matthew.Cameron@gov.yk.ca
867 332-7136
Rod Jacob
Communications, Energy, Mines and Resources
Government of Yukon
rod.jacob@gov.yk.ca
867 667-3005
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Media Contacts
Blake Bilmer
Junior Public Affairs Officer
British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture
Government Communications and Public Engagement
blake.bilmer@gov.bc.ca
250 880-5391
Matthew Cameron
Yukon Cabinet Communications
Matthew.Cameron@gov.yk.ca
867 332-7136
Rod Jacob
Communications, Energy, Mines and Resources
Government of Yukon
rod.jacob@gov.yk.ca
867 667-3005

Backgrounders

Growing agriculture in B.C. and Yukon

Agriculture in B.C.

  • B.C. farmers, ranchers, seafood and processing workers contributed to a record-setting year in 2018, with annual revenue from businesses in those sectors reaching $15 billion for the first time.
  • B.C. consumers and companies continue to be the main buyers of B.C. products, with an estimated $6.4 billion of purchases.
  • The Ministry of Agriculture began a new mandate in 2017 to support B.C. farmers through a three-pronged approach:
    • Grow BC, which creates a network of food hubs supporting entrepreneurs and food processors around the province, and has programs to increase production and support new farmers.
    • Feed BC, which encourages the use of B.C. products in government-operated institutions and facilities.
    • Buy BC, which is helping more than 200 B.C. companies promote their products in B.C., as well as developing partnerships supporting local foods in retailers.

Agriculture in Yukon

  • Yukon’s agriculture industry is expanding. Recent census information reported an increase in the number of farms and farm receipts between 2011 and 2016. Yukon farms are increasingly supplying vegetables, preserves, dairy, eggs, honey, jams, meats, fresh produce, sod and bedding plants into the local market.
  • In 2019, there were a record number of inspected slaughters in Yukon. A total of 536 cattle, elk, sheep, goats and swine were processed and inspected through abattoirs, and Yukon’s mobile abattoir added stops to two communities, broadening the access to inspected slaughter for farmers outside of Whitehorse. Graded egg production has also increased dramatically since 2016.
  • The Local Food Strategy for Yukon adopted in 2016 encourages the production and consumption of Yukon-grown food, supports local food producers and strengthens the relationship between Yukoners, Yukon farmers and food. 
  • Since 2018, Yukon has committed over $1.3 million to 173 agriculture projects throughout Yukon in a bilateral agreement with the Government of Canada under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership. These programs provide funding for industry projects that further strengthen Yukon’s local food production.
Media Contacts
Blake Bilmer
Junior Public Affairs Officer
British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture
Government Communications and Public Engagement
blake.bilmer@gov.bc.ca
250 880-5391
Matthew Cameron
Cabinet Communications
Matthew.Cameron@gov.yk.ca
867 332-7136
Rod Jacob
Communications, Energy, Mines and Resources
Government of Yukon
rod.jacob@gov.yk.ca
867 667-3005

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