Project: Canada

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Country Overview

Canada is the world’s second largest country by area, but has a population slightly less than that of California. Nonetheless, Canada plays a large economic role in the world’s economy. Canada was first inhabited by the Inuit and later claimed by the French when Jacques Cartier discovered the territory. In 1867, the nation was recognized as a self-governing entity within the British Empire with the British North America Act.

Canada mostly consists of rolling hills with rock outcrops. The southern plains possess the highest populations. In fact, 90 percent of Canadians live within 99 miles of the U.S border. While oil, hydroelectric power, nickel and zinc are major industries in Vancouver, British Columbia and Calgary, agriculture and ranching play a significant role in the Prairie Provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

Heifer's Work in Canada

It all began with a visit by Gord Enns and his family to Heifer International in 1998. Inspired by its mission of ending poverty and hunger and caring for the Earth, they volunteered at the Heifer Ranch in Arkansas for four months. In 2002, after four years of supporting Canadian projects on a part-time basis, Gord opened the first office in Canada in the wheat fields of Saskatchewan. In the midst of energy intensive and corporate-driven models of agriculture, Heifer International reaches out to smallholder farmers and vulnerable and disadvantaged people who have struggled at the margins of the food system in Canada.

In Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario, Heifer Canada has worked with families and communities to grow new farmers and preserve the family farm, revive First Nations agriculture and traditions and advance urban and rural community food security.

In 2011, Heifer Canada transitioned from a branch office to an incorporated nonprofit organization. In anticipation of receiving charitable status, Heifer Canada is seeking new partners to extend the mission of ending hunger and poverty and caring for the Earth in other provinces in Canada and in countries around the world where Heifer International is present.

Key Services Heifer Provides:

Sustainable agricultural production: Encouraging local food production; restoring sustainable farms for sustainable local food systems

Post-harvest management and processing: Farm mentorship programs

Market development: Developing holistic marketing models; creating community agriculture network

Technology: Disseminating technology, skills and best practices through education and training

Nutrition: Organizing organic grower’s co-op for indigenous food security


A Spotlight on Poverty in Canada


While poverty in Canada doesn't look like poverty in un-industrialized nations, it exists nonetheless.


A Passion for Farming


I want to be a role model,” Kalynn says. “I think we need to engage more young people. My generation needs to consider farming as a career, consider its impact, and realize they can actually do it.”