More funding for farmers, agri-food businesses

TORONTO –  Ontario’s Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, has announced a new cost-share funding application intake for the agri-food sector.

“The Ontario government recognizes the tremendous growth opportunity in our agri-food sector and we are committed to making the province open for business and a place to grow,” said Ernie Hardeman.

“My priority is to make life better for farmers and to help grow their businesses. I know how important it is for our farm and food businesses to plan for the upcoming year and be prepared for any challenges they may face.”

He said the ministry is making it easier for farmers and agri-businesses to apply for cost-share funding to support a range of projects under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, including plant health, food safety improvements and farm equipment upgrades.

The application intake starts Jan. 8 well ahead of planting season. This cost-share programming to support farmers and other businesses is delivered by the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA).

OSCIA will post the guidelines on the eligible project categories soon, so farmers and businesses can get ready to take advantage of this programming that’s designed to help them succeed and grow.

Applications to this intake will be reviewed on a continuous basis – as they are received – so eligible farmers and business owners can receive their funding faster.