New cost-share funding available for Ontario farms
October 26, 2021 By Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
The governments of Canada and Ontario are investing up to $10.21 million through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) to help the agri-food sector adopt on-farm solutions and best practices, create jobs and drive economic growth across Ontario.
“We are committed to helping farmers with strategic on-farm investments that improve their bottom line and generate sustainable economic growth,” said Marie-Claude Bibeau, federal minister of agriculture and agri-food. “These cost-shared investments will not only build a stronger, more innovative agriculture sector in Ontario but support the prosperity of rural communities across the province.”
Farmers and other businesses can use the funding to improve their operations, food safety and animal health, develop new products and processes, and access new markets. Farmers and other businesses can apply for the program starting on Nov. 15; the application period closes on Dec. 6. Approved projects must be completed by Sept. 30, 2022.
This announcement builds on other supports made available in the past year, including:
- An investment of $7.3 million to support farmers and other agri-food businesses through CAP, which closed in January 2021;
- A $22 million investment to increase the adoption of technological innovations within the agri-food sector to enhance the health and safety of workers and improve efficiency through the Agri-Tech Innovation Program;
- An investment of up to $5 million in emergency drought support for livestock farmers in Northwestern Ontario in addition to $2 million to cover immediate needs like feed, water and fencing;
- An additional investment of up to $15,000 per eligible farm for permanent water projects in northwestern Ontario.
“The Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association is very pleased to be delivering the next intake for the [CAP] program. The opportunities under this new intake will support our province’s resilient farmers in innovating and strengthening their operations while supporting the industry’s economic recovery,” said Chad Anderson, OSCIA president. “The timing of the intake will provide plenty of opportunity for successful participants to get their project planning underway for next spring.”