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Canada and Ontario Announce Growing Forward 2

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Canada and Ontario Announce Growing Forward 2

Governments Supporting Success in Ontario’s Agri-Food Sector

The federal and provincial governments are working to help Ontario's agri-food industry grow profits, expand markets and manage risk through Growing Forward 2.

The governments of Canada and Ontario have signed a five-year, multi-million dollar bilateral agreement focusing on innovation, competitiveness and market development. It includes $2 billion for federal-provincial-territorial strategic initiatives, which is a 50 per cent increase in cost-shared funding.

Ontario's Growing Forward 2 programs will help the industry capitalize on opportunities and contribute to the economy. Information sessions and workshops will be available in April and May, 2013, with applications opening in June 2013 for provincial programs.

Governments will continue to offer ongoing funding for a complete and effective suite of business risk management programs under Growing Forward 2, to ensure farmers are protected against severe market volatility and natural disasters.

Providing the right climate to attract investment, create jobs and expand industries is a key priority for the Governments of Canada and Ontario to help build a strong economy.

Quick Facts

  • The governments of Canada and Ontario are investing a combined $417 million in Ontario’s strategic initiatives aimed at improving business and leadership skills, adapting to climate change, developing markets and investing in research and innovation.
  • The federal government has announced details of its three federal programs: AgriInnovation, AgriMarketing and AgriCompetitiveness.
  • Ontario’s agri-food industry accounts for more than $34 billion in the province’s Gross Domestic Product and provides more than 700,000 jobs.

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“Our Government remains focused on jobs, growth and long-term prosperity for Ontario’s agriculture industry. Through Growing Forward 2, we are working with Ontario’s hard-working farmers to ensure that the industry has the tools available to remain competitive and innovative in new and existing markets.”

Gerry Ritz

Minister, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Kathleen Wynne

“Ontario's government is helping our agri-food industry adapt to changes in the marketplace, respond quickly to challenges and seize new opportunities. By supporting this important sector, we are strengthening rural communities and building our provincial economy so that everyone can benefit.”

Kathleen Wynne

Ontario Premier and Minister of Agriculture and Food

“Growing Forward 2 will open new doors for Ontario’s hard-working farmers to strengthen their businesses and capture new markets.”

Mark Wales

President, Ontario Federation of Agriculture

“Ontario’s food processing industry will benefit greatly from the support that will be provided through Growing Forward 2 – especially in exploring innovative ways to become even more competitive.”

Steve Peters

Executive Director, Alliance of Ontario Food Processors

Media Contacts

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Media Relations

    1-866-345-7972 / 613-773-7973

  • Jeff English

    Press Secretary, The Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz


  • Gabrielle Gallant

    Communications Advisor, Office of the Honourable Kathleen Wynne


  • Susan Murray

    OMAF Communications Branch