OTTAWA -- Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Lawrence MacAulay and Farm Credit Canada (FCC) announced a new loan for young entrepreneurs in the agriculture retail, manufacturing and food processing sectors on Feb. 16, in Ottawa.
The Young Entrepreneur Loan offers financing of up to $1-million per qualified applicant, under age 40, and can be used for the purchase or improvement of agriculture-related assets or the purchase of shares in an agriculture-related business, including those in the agri-food sector.
"The Canadian agriculture and agri-food sector needs more young people to get engaged, because they bring the energy and innovative ways of thinking that grow the sector and keep it on the cutting-edge," said MacAulay, to an audience of high school students and industry professionals at the Canada Agriculture Day celebration in Ottawa.
"From production to food processing and retail, Canada's agriculture industry needs the ideas, passion and energy of our young people. And as they enter into this dynamic industry, FCC is committed to helping them succeed," said Michael Hoffort, FCC president and CEO. "By providing specialized loans for young farmers and entrepreneurs, we are helping the next generation get established and contribute to Canada achieving its full potential as a leading food supplier worldwide."
The Young Entrepreneur Loan has a 25 per cent minimum down payment requirement, custom variable and five-year fixed rates. Similar to the Young Farm Loan, which was introduced in 2012 and enhanced last December, there are no processing fees.
In 2015-16, FCC approved more than $2.6-billion in financing to farmers and entrepreneurs under age 40. The Young Entrepreneur Loan complements FCC's existing products and services, such as the FCC Transition Loan, FCC Ag Knowledge Exchange events, publications, FCC on Campus and FCC Management Software.
For more information on the FCC Young Entrepreneur Loan, visit www.fcc.ca/youngentrepreneurloan or call 1-800-387-3232.