Growing Forward 2

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, processors, organizations and collaborations 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, processors, organizations and collaborations work on completing their approved projects.

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.

GF2 Resources and Partners

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. To accelerate the effectiveness and long-term success of GF2 and its resources, the ministry has developed strong partnerships with innovative and experienced organizations. Learn more about our GF2 partners and the resources and supports available for producers and processors.

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.

GF2 Results

Under GF2, over $142 million in cost-share funding assistance has been committed to more than 6,100 projects since 2013. Learn more about the results that producers, processors and organizations and collaborations have achieved with this funding.

Success Stories

Producers enhance their operations with GF2 funding (videos)

Organizations and collaborations innovate and improve profitability with GF2 funding (videos)

GF2 Announcements January 16, 2017 (Excel)

Toronto Region (Excel)

York Region Recipients (Excel)

Dufferin and Simcoe Counties (Excel)

Hamilton Region Recipients (Processors) (Excel)

Niagara Region Recipients (Processors) (Excel)

Wine Week (Excel)

Craft Beer Week (Excel)

Cider Project Recipients (Excel)

Halton and Peel Region Recipients - Processors (Excel)

Eastern Ontario Recipients - Processors (Excel)

Ontario Craft Brewery ramps up production with Growing Forward 2 funding

Ontario greenhouse business enhances its competitive edge with Growing Forward 2 funding

Next Policy Framework

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. 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: Samantha Millar Quinlan
Creation Date: 19 March 2013
Last Reviewed: 09 January 2017