Since its founding in 1987, the Agricultural Institute of Canada Foundation has developed a dynamic series of programs, including initiatives in advancing agricultural knowledge, providing scholarships in agricultural disciplines, and facilitating events that communicate the importance of agriculture to Canadians. Please visit our Programs page to read more and to download application forms.
The Foundation is a registered charity (federal registration number 12193 4947 RR0001) and all donations are tax creditable.
To inspire knowledge and understanding of the importance of sustainable agriculture to society.
- To advance education by developing and supporting education programs in the agricultural sciences for Canada’s agricultural community and the general public;
- To advance education by developing and supporting scholarship programs to foster continued interest in the study of agricultural sciences by university students;
- To promote excellence and efficiency in the Canadian agriculture and food sectors by supporting research on matters of importance to the agricultural community and the general public;
- To promote excellence and efficiency in the Canadian agriculture and food sectors by supporting initiatives of the Agricultural Institute of Canada of benefit to Canada’s agricultural community and the general public.
In addition to its own direct work, the AICF has provided support to other organizations. This has included financial support for publishing the booklet, Food for Thought, by the Ontario Farm Animal Council; the Agriculture in the Classroom program; the Advanced Agricultural Farm Leadership program and the former Agrologist-in-Residence program at a Canadian university.
In 2003, the Foundation was instrumental in raising funds for the Hay West program, which helped raise $10,000 to pay the cost of shipping donated hay to the western provinces in response to a severe drought.
The AICF has sponsored two major conferences:
- Agricultural Nutrients and Their Impact on Rural Water Quality; and
- From the Farm Gate to the Dinner Plate, a conference on food safety issues.
The Foundation also administers the Klinck Lecture Series, named after Dr. Leonard S. Klinck, the first president of the Canadian Society of Technical Agriculturists (the forerunner of the Agricultural Institute of Canada). This program sponsors prominent authorities from around the world to speak on national and international agricultural issues and developments.