Equality, Equity and Inclusiveness
Ensuring equal opportunities to achieve success, regardless of race, gender, disability, religion and sexual orientation is key to Canada’s agri-food sector’s growth.
Diversity will strengthen Canada’s agri-food sector.
Discrimination on any basis must be rejected and condemned. AIC is encouraged by society’s changes in that regard. But more needs to be done – it is the right thing to do and it will also improve our nation’s capability to grow the sector and compete internationally.
As Canada is seeing demographic changes that impact its ability to maintain a sufficient workforce, the agri-food sector must adapt to attract a qualified and diverse labour pool.
From farm workers to scientists, Canada is facing shortages that impact its ability to compete and innovate.
AIC is recommending that equality be fostered in the sector through continuing discussions and research. Diversity in farms, labs, academia and boardrooms must be promoted and encouraged.