Ontario and Canada Mark Agriculture Day with Landmark Agreement
February 13, 2018
New Five-Year Partnership will Help Grow Province’s Agri-Food Sector
Ontario has signed a new bilateral agreement with the federal government that will deliver over $400 million dollars in strategic, long-term investments that will spur innovation, economic growth and create jobs in Ontario’s agri-food sector.
Jeff Leal, Ontario’s Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and Lloyd Longfield, MP for Guelph on behalf of Federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lawrence MacAulay, were in Guelph today to make the announcement.
The new Canadian Agricultural Partnership will set a solid foundation for the future of Ontario’s agri-food sector by supporting specialized research and projects that foster innovation and growth while preparing the sector for the second half of the 21st century. The agreement also includes funding to help farmers manage risks, such as unpredictable weather or market volatility that threaten the viability of their farm.
Programming will be accessible to producers and processors starting in April 2018, ensuring a seamless transition in support as Growing Forward 2 concludes.
Supporting Ontario’s agri-food sector is part of Ontario's plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. This plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.
“I am pleased this partnership will continue to ensure that Ontario’s agri-food sector has the support they need to grow, innovate and step up to the challenge of helping feed a growing population. This partnership will equip our sector with the tools and resources they need to adapt to changes in the marketplace while seizing new opportunities and responding quickly to any challenges. I look forward to continuing to work with industry and our federal counterparts and look forward to a seamlessly transition in programming.”
— Jeff Leal, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
“The Canadian Agricultural Partnership will help put Canada and Ontario’s agriculture and agri-food sector on track to continue to innovate, grow and prosper. It will support our farmers and food processors in meeting the world’s growing demand for their high-quality products, while creating well-paying middle class jobs and delivering prosperity here in Ontario and to communities across the Canada.”
— Lawrence MacAulay, Canadian Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
“With our investments today under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, we have the tools we need to capture new opportunities and support innovation and prosperity across Ontario’s agriculture and agri-food sector. We are glad to be partnering with Ontario to share this investment over the next five years and I look forward to the many new projects here in Guelph and across the country with researchers, farmers, processors, and distributors.”
— Lloyd Longfield, Member of Parliament, Guelph
- The federal and provincial governments are committing an estimated $2 billion in cost shared programs and activities, of which $417 million will go directly to the Ontario agri-food sector for strategic initiatives funding.
- With all cost-shared agreements under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, federal, provincial and territorial governments investments are shared on a 60:40 basis and delivered by provinces and territories to ensure programs are tailored to meet regional needs. Ontario is the first agreement to be finalized and the federal investment is just over $250 million.
- The development will ensure a seamless transition of support for the sector in Ontario, in April 2018, upon the expiry of Growing Forward 2.
- Application intake windows for cost-share funding assistance will open in April and additional information and program details will be made available once finalized.
- Ontario will continue to work with key partners such as the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association and the Agricultural Adaptation Council, to ensure that programs are delivered effectively.
- Since Growing Forward 2 launched in 2013, the governments of Canada and Ontario have committed more than $150 million to over 6,800 projects with Ontario producers, processors and organizations and collaborations.
- Ontario’s agri-food and agri-products sectors support more than 800,000 jobs and contribute more than $37 billion towards the province’s Gross Domestic Product.
- Ontario is home to Canada’s largest food processing sector, supporting more than 94,000 jobs across the province.
- Today is Canada’s Agriculture Day. Learn more how you can celebrate here.