Supporting Ontario's Agri-food and Agri-products Sectors

The Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) will launch in early April 2018. This new five-year commitment by Canada's federal, provincial and territorial governments will support Canada's agri-food and agri-products sector.

The federal and provincial governments will be committing up to $1.5 billion to the Ontario agri-food sector: $1.1 billion for Business Risk Management funding and $417 million for strategic initiatives to help grow Ontario's agri-food and agri-products sectors.

The initiative will build on the successes of Growing Forward 2 (GF2) - a five-year, federal, provincial, territorial agreement that comes to an end on March 31, 2018.

Strategic initiatives will support projects in three key priority areas, with research and innovation continuing to be a key focus across all programming:

Application intake windows for cost-share funding assistance will open on the first business day in April 2018, to ensure a seamless transition of support from GF2. Program details will be made available once finalized.

CAP Partnerships

To ensure programs are delivered in alignment with our key priorities, we will work with industry to evolve our program delivery. It is our intent to continue to partner with the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association to administer cost-share funding assistance to producers and again partner with the Agricultural Adaptation Council to administer cost-share funding assistance to organizations and collaborations. The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs will continue to administer cost-share funding assistance to food and beverage processors.

CAP programming will maximize public investment by working with partners on high-impact projects that best achieve government objectives, yield the greatest value and reduce barriers for program delivery. Ontario will be partnering with organizations, such as:

Through targeted investments for research and innovation, CAP will support Ontario's agri-food and agri-products sectors. We will continue to invest in research and innovation to support the transition and adoption of applied research into the market through knowledge mobilization.

Greater flexibility in programming

CAP will offer programming that will foster economic development in the sector, support industry efforts to enhance water quality and soil health through environmental stewardship and reinforce the foundation for public trust in the sector through improved assurance systems in food safety and plant and animal health.

Ontario will again offer merit-based programs, as well as education and training, to support businesses and organizations in the agri-food and agri-products sectors through CAP programming.

In addition, a new targeted stream of programming will be available which will focus on new and emerging priorities.

To ensure programs are delivered in alignment with the governments key priorities, we will work in partnership with industry to evolve our program delivery. That is why, in 2018, OMAFRA will conduct a review of CAP program delivery to ensure continuous improvement and refinement to the suite of programming being offered under CAP.

Business Risk Management

Under CAP, the federal and provincial government are committing up to $1.1 billion in Business Risk Management funding for producers.

Funding for the suite of Business Risk Management programs will continue through CAP to ensure producers are protected against significant risks that threaten the viability of their farm and are beyond their capacity to manage. The government partners are reviewing these national programs to ensure they meet producer needs, including timeliness, predictability simplicity and ability to respond to market risks. Options from the industry-informed review will be brought forward for consideration at the July 2018 Ministers' meeting.

Federal-only CAP programming

In addition to this shared Canada-Ontario programming, federal-only CAP programs will also be in place by April 1, 2018. For more information about these programs and how to access them, visit the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada website.

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Creation Date: 17 January 2018
Last Reviewed: 20 February 2018