Ontario government announces investment in agriculture in Mississauga


The provincial government has announced its intention to provide support to agri-food innovation in the form of a $1.85 million investment.

Part of the funding will go towards researching and developing new cutting-edge technologies, practices, and solutions to combat current industry problems.

Currently, Ontario’s new Agri-Food Research Initiative is accepting proposals for advanced research in food safety, trade, market and growth opportunities, automation, and bio-based production systems, and the maximum funding that will be allocated to each project is $150,000.

“By investing in leading-edge agriculture and agri-food technologies, the Government is investing in one of the most innovative, dynamic and competitive sectors of the Canadian economy,” Marie-Claude Bibeau, federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, said in a news release.

“Our producers need science and innovation to stand out and seize the exciting business opportunities that present themselves. This is essential to the growth of their businesses,” she continued.

Applicants must have demonstrated an ability to perform quality research as well as be a college or university, a research organization, institute, or foundation, an industry organization or business, a non-government organization, or government or government agency.

“Our government is committed to supporting the development of food safety and farming knowledge and technologies that create good jobs and help advance our agriculture sector,” Ernie Hardeman, Ontario’s Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, said in the same news release.

“We want to provide the sector with the latest tools and techniques to position it for further growth and to continue being world leaders in agri-food innovation now and for years to come,” he continued.

This initiative is part of a $3 billion commitment from Canadian governments and the provincial, federal, and territorial levels to support Canada’s agri-food and agri-products sectors.

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