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Supporting Environmental Stewardship on Farms

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Supporting Environmental Stewardship on Farms

Ontario and Canada Supporting Farmers’ Transition to a Low Carbon Economy

The provincial and federal governments are supporting Ontario farmers and continuing to combat climate change by boosting energy efficiency on farming operations.

This support will help farmers to modify their equipment and improve efficiency at existing agricultural production facilities, which will help reduce their carbon emissions as well as improve soil health and nutrient management. In addition, Ontario and Canada have added four new project categories under the Growing Forward 2 program that are dedicated to helping farmers transition to a low carbon economy.

Eligible projects within these new categories include:

  • Supporting farmers to retrofit grain dryers to improve heat recovery.
  • Modifying fertilizer and manure application equipment to improve nutrient placement within soil and reduce runoff into Ontario's waterways.
  • Improving the energy efficiency of lighting systems in agricultural buildings to help farmers conserve energy.

Growing Forward 2 is a federal-provincial-territorial initiative that encourages innovation, competitiveness, market development, adaptability and industry sustainability in Canada's agri-food and agri-products sectors.

Fighting climate change while supporting economic growth is part of Ontario's plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts

  • For more information about the Growing Forward 2 cost-share funding assistance program for producers, its guidelines and the application process, visit the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association website or call 1-800-265-9751.
  • To be eligible for this cost-share support, all approved projects must be completed by December 15, 2017.
  • Applications will be accepted in two intake periods. The first intake is from April 4 to April 18, 2017. The next intake is from May 12 to June 1, 2017.
  • Approved projects under the new project categories will be eligible for cost-share funding assistance of 35 per cent of their approved project costs.
  • An additional $6 million is now available through Growing Forward 2 to assist producers in adopting on-farm innovation and improvement projects.
  • Growing Forward 2 was launched in 2013 and is a five-year commitment by Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial governments to support Canada's agri-food and agri-based products sector.
  • Since Growing Forward 2 launched, the governments of Canada and Ontario have committed more than $48.5 million to over 4,300 projects with Ontario agricultural producers.

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“Canadian farmers are leaders in the development and use of sustainable agricultural practices and technologies. These targeted investments are an added tool to help farmers contribute to a cleaner environment, while improving their production and bottom line. Our government is committed to a more innovative and competitive agricultural sector and Canadian economy.”

Lawrence MacAulay

Canada’s Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

“A sustainable environment and economy are important to Ontario’s thriving agri-food sector. Our farmers have completed more than 24,700 environmental farm projects across the province since 2005. This investment demonstrates our government’s continued commitment to assisting farmers in their efforts to enhance environmental stewardship.”

Jeff Leal

Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

Media Contacts

  • Nicole McInerney

    OMAFRA, The Office of the Honourable Jeff Leal


  • Kristy Denette

    OMAFRA, Communications Branch


  • Guy Gallant

    AAFC, Director of Communications Office of the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay




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