Ontario Invests in Agricultural Infrastructure in the North
Funding Part of Largest Infrastructure Investment in Province’s History
Ontario is supporting long-term economic growth in Northern Ontario with funding for agricultural infrastructure projects in Northeastern Ontario. These important infrastructure improvements will help increase farm production and boost the local agricultural economy.Through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC), the province is investing in four projects across the Northeast:
- The Northern Ontario Farm Innovation Alliance will receive support for two regional agriculture projects:
- $1,000,000 for the installation of tile drainage on approximately 1,892 acres of land between a consortium of 14 area farmer
- $998,670 for land clearing and installation of tile drainage on approximately 1,892 acres of land among 16 area farmers
- The Association of Community Pastures will receive $35,175 to add fencing and enhance the water system for the community pasture in Temiskaming Shores
- West Nipissing East Sudbury Agricultural Support Projects Inc. will receive $658,200 to administer a regional tile drainage and land clearing project for a consortium of 19 area farmers on approximately 1,097 acres.
This funding is part of the largest infrastructure investment in Ontario's history -- more than $130 billion over 10 years -- which will support more than 110,000 jobs per year on average, with projects such as roads, bridges, transit systems, schools and hospitals across the province.
Ontario's long-term infrastructure plan will help connect regions, develop new economic opportunities and improve quality of life for Ontarians by supporting critical infrastructure projects in cities, towns, and rural and remote communities all across the province.
Investing in agricultural infrastructure is part of the government's plan to build Ontario up. The four-part plan includes investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.
- Since 2003, the NOHFC has invested more than $1 billion in 6,780 projects in Northern Ontario, creating or sustaining more than 25,500 jobs.
- A Conference Board of Canada report estimated that Ontario’s public infrastructure investment would add more than $1,000 to the average annual income of Ontarians in 2014 and lower the unemployment rate by about one percentage point.
- The NOHFC’s investments in community infrastructure are part of the Ontario government’s Growth Plan for Northern Ontario.
“These key land improvements are significant investments in capacity, both for farmers and for the region as a whole. Agriculture is a key sector of the Growth Plan for Northern Ontario and, through the NOHFC, our government is committed to helping communities build infrastructure that fosters long-term economic stability and opportunity all across Northern Ontario.”
“We are very grateful to the NOHFC for their financial support, which will not only provide the resources needed to modernize agriculture infrastructure and increase crop yields, but will also help to generate more jobs in our region.”