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Public Service Renewal Results for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) touches the lives of all Canadians. We deliver services to Canadians through a network of research and development centres and regional offices across the country. We work with farmers, food producers, academia and other governments to support the growth and development of Canada's agriculture and agri-food sector.

To continue doing this positive work, we must search for ideas that help us maintain a healthy workplace well-positioned to serve the evolving needs of Canadians.

As part of Beyond2020, a government-wide initiative to transform the public service, we regularly document how this search is going. These stories highlight some of the work we have done in 2019 in support of public service excellence.

Adapting the Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign

While Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada has been successful in its campaigns, 2017 participation rates were lowest among young professionals. That’s why in 2018, AAFC had a new focus: how to better engage younger workforce.

Data hackathon

Successful organizations rely on data to help them make informed decisions. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is no different. But in a data-saturated world, figuring out how to turn information into solutions for policy issues is not always easy. That is why AAFC, in collaboration with other departments, tried an innovative approach by organizing a hackathon in 2018.

Diversity and inclusiveness initiatives

In 2017 and 2018, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada was recognized as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers. Over the past year, the Department made significant progress in fostering a culture of inclusiveness.

Indigenous Student Recruitment Initiative

To encourage Indigenous youth to consider a career in science, AAFC launched an Indigenous Student Recruitment Initiative. Watch as several Indigenous students share their experiences working at AAFC.

Integrated wellness strategy

AAFC's Integrated Wellness Strategy is an all-encompassing plan that brings together the elements required to create a healthy and safe workplace.

Recruiting, developing and engaging our administrative professionals

Administrative professionals play an important role in the department’s operations. AAFC is using a three-prong approach to ensure a strong contingent of administrative professionals is available for the years to come: recruit, develop, and engage.

Regional science promotion

In 2017, AAFC’s Quebec Innovation Committee launched a regional science promotion strategy that focuses on digital communications and social media.

Student Panel of Representatives for Orientation, Unity and Training

Each year, AAFC welcomes over one thousand students from a broad range of academic disciplines and backgrounds into its workforce.

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