The Ontario government is launching the Place to Grow: Agri-Food Innovation Initiative - a program which will help drive innovation, reduce red tape and address industry priorities. Under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, this initiative will allow organizations to apply, for the first time, projects including labour supply and training challenges.
In addition, other categories are:
- - Economic development in the agri-food and agri-products sectors
- - Environmental stewardship to enhance water quality and soil health
- - Protection and assurance to reinforce the foundation for public trust in the sector through improved assurance systems in food safety and plant and animal health
Note a new category for bold, high-impact projects that are expected to create a sector-wide benefit.
The first application intake for the Place to Grow: Agri-food Innovation Initiative will open on Aug. 15, 2019 and remain open through Sept. 27, 2019. The second intake will open on Jan. 6, 2020. The program will include planned, predictable future intakes each year of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.
The creation of the Place to Grow: Agri-food Innovation Initiativeis based on a thorough review of program delivery to ensure maximum value for each dollar invested for farmers and the agri-food sector. As part of this review, it was determined that delivering the program within OMAFRA would shorten the time for approvals and save $600,000 in administration costs which will be reinvested into the program.
Source: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs June 12, 2019 news release