Strengthening the Farming Sector

Published on October 02, 2020

Investing in projects that support labour and training needs

Our PC government is doing everything possible to ensure farmers have the training and skills they need to operate their farm operations effectively, now and into the future.

To that end, the federal and provincial governments today announced that they are investing in several projects that support labour and training needs in the farming sector. This includes over $180,000 towards the development of a new college program at Conestoga College that will provide education and training in the latest agricultural equipment. Students will learn skilled trades in high demand areas such as spraying and fertilizing operations, custom tillage and harvesting operations.

"Helping to meet the labour and training needs of our agri-food sector is a priority for this government. Supporting those with a passion for a career in agriculture is key to our economy and ensures our food supply chain continues to produce healthy and nutritious food for Ontario families," said Ernie Hardeman, MPP for Oxford and Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

This project, which is being funded through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, is one of several recently approved by the governments to help primary agriculture, food processing companies and food retailers to recruit and train workers who are critical in keeping the province's essential food supply functioning.

Since June 2018, both the federal and provincial governments have committed support to more than 3,900 projects, through the Partnership, to help eligible Ontario farmers, processors, businesses and sector organizations innovate and grow.