Helping Ontario Farmers

Published on September 10, 2020

New funding will help farmers improve their business operations and bring more safe, high-quality foods to markets

Our PC government will always have our farmers’ backs. That’s why, together with the federal government, we are investing more than $7.9 million to strengthen the province’s crucial agri-food sector by helping farmers improve business operations and bring more safe, high-quality foods to markets.

"Our farmers work tirelessly to supply the array of safe, high-quality agricultural products that feed our province, our country and the world," said Ernie Hardeman, MPP for Oxford and Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. "By making these strategic investments we are helping to improve the competitiveness of our agri-food sector and secure it for long-term sustainability, especially during these difficult times." 

More than 670 projects are being supported through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership in areas such as improved food safety, operational productivity and accessing international markets. This funding is in addition to Canadian Agricultural Partnership programming launched this year to assist the sector in meeting challenges related to the COVID-19 outbreak, such as the Agri-food Workplace Protection Program.

Since June 2018, the federal and provincial governments have committed cost-share support to more than 2,500 projects through the initiative to help eligible Ontario farmers, food processing and other businesses, and sector organizations innovate and grow.