Growing Forward 2 for Producers

Growing Forward 2 (GF2) is a federal-provincial-territorial initiative that encourages innovation, competitiveness and market development, adaptability and industry sustainability in Canada's agri-food and agri products sector. In Ontario, GF2 has provided resources, tools and cost-share funding assistance to producers to grow their profits, expand markets and manage shared risks.

Application intakes for funding assistance are now closed. Support to successful applicants will continue as producers work on completing their approved projects. You can contact the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) for more information about GF2 cost-share funding assistance for producers.

GF2 continues to partner with industry and offer tools, resources and training for the sector. Business Risk Management programs are also available to help producers improve competitiveness and better manage risk. In addition, the federal, provincial and territorial governments are working together to develop the next agricultural policy framework which is to launch on April 1, 2018. Canada-Ontario specific programming will be announced over time.

Free Training and Workshops

GF2 continues to provide funding to develop and provide tools, resources and training at no cost for the agri-food and agri-products sector in Ontario. Producers are encouraged to take advantage of free workshops and training opportunities to improve their business bottom line:

  • Give your company a competitive edge - take free eLearning courses to learn more about industry best practices and to be more competitive in the marketplace! Visit the Agriculture and Food Education in Ontario website to discover new courses that are available.
  • A variety of workshops and webinars are offered at no cost by OSCIA as part of GF2 to assist Ontario farm businesses in identifying strengths and weaknesses in a variety of areas that influence the farm's profitability, productivity and sustainability. For example, OSCIA offers two-day workshops on Growing Your Farm Profits and Environmental Farm Plans to help producers start improving their business. Visit the OSCIA website for workshop and training information.
  • The Growing Your Farm Profits workshop is now available as an eLearning course so you can learn when and where you want. Just like the 2-day workshop, the eLearning course will help farm business operators to develop a practical, flexible business plan to maximize their business goals. A certificate of completion will be issued at the end of the eLearning.
  • The Growing Your Farm Profits Online Farm Business Self-Assessment Tool will guide you through the creation of a logical, practical plan that is flexible enough to fit your needs. By the end of the Online Assessment Tool, you will have an Action Plan to achieve your goals.
  • The Exploring Value-Added Opportunities course can help you increase your profits through the creation of new products and services or value-added opportunities at your farm or food business.

Other Resources and Partners

Business Risk Management

GF2 provides Business Risk Management (BRM) programs to help producers improve competitiveness and better manage risk, including market volatility and rising input costs. BRM programs include Production Insurance, AgriStability and AgriInvest. Agricorp assists in the delivery of GF2 BRM programs in Ontario.

New Growing Forward 2 (GF2) Results

The GF2 Results Spotlight below shows some of the ways that producers across the province have improved their business with GF2 funding. The featured results are updated regularly and each spotlight focuses on new results within one GF2 focus area. You can view past results spotlights here.

Spotlight: Environment and Climate Change Adaptation

Over $10.6 million has been committed to producers for environment and climate change projects. Producers are investing this funding in best management practices such as energy assessments, nutrient management planning, manure storage improvements, weather risk mitigation strategies and practices, cover crops, nutrient recovery from wastewater, fuel storage improvements, irrigation water efficiency, and water well management.

Producers are seeing real results as these projects are completed: 1

Five donut charts showing 89% reduced environmental risk, 81% improved/maintained soil structure or reduced risks to soil quality, 89% reduced risks to surface water quality, 72% improved ability to adapt to climate change, and 84% reduced risks of groundwater contamination.


Bar graph showing 94% improved productivity or reduced risk of decreasing productivity. Pie chart showing 59% reduced risk by three levels, 34% reduced risk by two levels, and 7% reduced risk by one level.

1 Results represent only a subset of completed producer environment and climate change adaptation projects. Results are as of December 2016, represent a percentage of the respondents for each respective question, and exclude answers that were not applicable and could not be interpreted. The information is primarily derived from self-reported data and is provided "as is". Number of respondents for each respective question: 140 for reduced environmental risk; 69 for improved/maintained soil structure/reduced risks to soil quality; 121 for reduced risks to surface water quality/reduced risks of impairment of surface water quality; 47 for improved ability to adapt to climate change/reduced risks contributing to climate change; 122 for reduced risks of groundwater/aquifer contamination; 118 for improved productivity; 108 for reduced risk levels. Risk levels are based on the producers' assessment of their farm operation using criteria set out in the Canada-Ontario Environmental Farm Plan workbook. While any level of reduction of risk is beneficial, a reduction of risk by three levels is the highest possible reduction that a producer could achieve, moving from a ranking of highest risk ("1" rating) to least risk ("4" rating).

Note: While the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs ('Ontario') endeavors to isolate and remove invalid data elements from the data, Ontario makes no representations or warranties about the completeness, accuracy or reliability of the data or its suitability for any given purpose. Reliance on the data is strictly at the user's own risk. Ontario will not accept liability for any loss or damage arising out of the use of this data. The information expressed on this webpage is solely that of the respective contributors and does not necessarily represent the views of Ontario or the Government of Canada.

Next Policy Framework

Federal, provincial and territorial governments are working together to develop the next agricultural policy framework which will is to launch on April 1, 2018. Canada-Ontario specific programming will be announced over time. Consultations were held to gather feedback to help shape the direction of future policy and programs for the agriculture and agri-food sector. Visit Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's website for more information.

Author: Rossana Perry
Creation Date: 14 April 2013
Last Reviewed: 09 January 2017