Standing up for Ontario's Agri-food sector

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Standing up for Ontario's Agri-food sector

Governments set date for funding opportunities for sector organizations and collaborations

February 28, 2019 5:30 P.M.

TORONTO - Ontario and the federal government announced today that beginning in March organizations and collaborations in the agri-food sector can again apply for support under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership) for projects to boost innovation, economic development, environmental stewardship and food safety.

The intake will take place between March 4, 2019 and April 5, 2019. Information about the program, including eligible project categories, is posted on the Agricultural Adaptation Council website.

"Under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, we are committed to strengthening the agriculture and agri-food sector through strategic investments, aimed at generating economic growth," said Lawrence MacAulay, federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food. "This investment will help build an even stronger, more innovative, and sustainable sector in Ontario while delivering prosperity for communities."

"Our Government for the People is committed to making our agriculture and agri-food sector more open for business and even more competitive, in a global marketplace," said Ernie Hardeman, Ontario's Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. "This strategic investment opportunity, through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, will support a variety of projects that will strengthen this key economic sector for Ontario and help its businesses improve and prosper."

Since June, more than 1,150 Ontario projects have been supported through the Partnership to help eligible farmers, businesses and sector organizations innovate and grow.

Quick Facts

This cost-share funding will support projects in the following key priority areas:

  • Economic development in the agri-food and agri-products sectors.
  • Environmental stewardship to enhance water quality and soil health.
  • Protection and assurance to reinforce the foundation for public trust in the sector through improved assurance systems in food safety and plant and animal health.

The Agricultural Adaptation Council (AAC) administers cost-share funding under the Partnership to sector organizations and collaborations. More information about the next application intake for these applicants is available on the AAC website or by calling the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs at: 1-877-424-1300.

  • Program guides are available on the AAC website at:
  • The Partnership is a five-year, $3 billion commitment by Canada's federal, provincial and territorial governments that supports Canada's agri-food and agri-products sectors.

Additional Resources

The Canadian Agricultural Partnership in Ontario

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agricultural Adaptation Council