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Supporting farmers and food-processors transition to a low-carbon economy

Ontario and Quebec are launching a joint research call to help the farming and agri-food processing sectors lower their carbon footprint and fight climate change.

The governments have issued a research call inviting proposals to:

  • Study and evaluate climate change impact on soil health and to develop best practices to enhance soil health in the future;
  • Conduct research to determine and manage climate change impacts in food processing and support food safety and quality control efforts.

Research institutions from Ontario and Quebec are invited to participate collaboratively in study proposals. Letters of Intent are to be submitted in early September. Approved research projects will start in the spring of 2018.

This research call is being issued by Ontario's Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Rural Affairs and Quebec's Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. This project is a product of the Ontario-Quebec Trade and Co-operation Agreement.

Quick Facts

  • A total of $1.5 million is available to support this competitive research call.
  • Letters of intent submissions for research proposals must be received by Sept. 20, 2017.
  • Each application must be jointly submitted by a research institution based in Ontario and another based in Quebec.
  • For more information about the 2017-2018 Ontario-Quebec Cooperation for Agri-Food Research Competition visit: www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/research/onqc_research/index.html

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“Ontario and Quebec are working together to support research that will help make our agricultural and agri-food processing sectors more competitive and sustainable. This investment demonstrates our government’s commitment to work with industry to enhance environmental stewardship and successfully transition in a low-carbon economy.”

Jeff Leal

Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

“When Québec and Ontario join forces to tackle a common challenge, there are always results. The six research projects funded under the first Québec-Ontario cooperative agri-food research initiative are eloquent examples of this. I am convinced that this new joint initiative, that addresses climate change and agri-food sector issues, will have positive benefits for current practices in our provinces’ food production and processing industry.”

Laurent Lessard

Quebec Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food

Media Contacts

  • Phillipe Murphy-Rheaume

    OMAFRA, The Office of the Honourable Jeff Leal


  • Kristy Denette

    OMAFRA, Communications Branch


  • Mathieu Gaudreault

    Press attaché, Minister’s Office, Agriculture, Fisheries and Food




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