Canada & Ontario announce Growing Forward 2

The federal and provincial governments are working to help Ontario's agri-food industry grow profits, expand markets and manage risk through Growing Forward 2.

The governments of Canada and Ontario have signed a five-year, multi-million dollar bilateral agreement focusing on innovation, competitiveness and market development. It includes $2 billion for federal-provincial-territorial strategic initiatives, which is a 50 per cent increase in cost-shared funding.

Ontario's Growing Forward 2 programs will help the industry capitalize on opportunities and contribute to the economy. Information sessions and workshops will be available in April and May, 2013, with applications opening in June 2013 for provincial programs.

Governments will continue to offer ongoing funding for a complete and effective suite of business risk management programs under Growing Forward 2, to ensure farmers are protected against severe market volatility and natural disasters.

Providing the right climate to attract investment, create jobs and expand industries is a key priority for the Governments of Canada and Ontario to help build a strong economy. Read press release