Agricultural partnership program returns

The Ontario and federal governments announced starting in March farmers and other businesses can apply again for support under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership program.

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The Ontario and federal governments announced starting in March farmers and other businesses can apply again for support under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership program.

The CAP allows farmers and businesses to get funding for projects to boost innovation, economic development, environmental stewardship and food safety, a release said.

The intake process will be between March 22 and May 6, 2019 and more information will become available on the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs websites on or before March 8, 2019.

“The Canadian Agricultural Partnership is our commitment to farmers, processors and agri-food businesses that strategic funding for initiatives will be there to help them grow, innovate, and prosper,” federal Minister of Agriculture Lawrence MacAulay said in a release.

“Our government is proud to support this strong and competitive sector as it continues to create well paying middle class jobs for Canadians and meet the world’s growing demand for its high quality products,” he added.

The federal and provincial governments have committed support for more than 1,350 projects through the initiative to help eligible farmers, businesses and sector organizations innovate and grow, the release said.

The partnership focuses on economic development in the agri-food and agri-products sector, environmental stewardship to enhance water quality and soil health and protection and assurance to reinforce the foundation for public trust in the sector.

Program guides will be available at www.ontarioprogramguides.net and applicants can submit to www.ontarioprograms.net.

The partnership is a five year and $3 billion commitment by Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial governments.

“Through these investments from the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, we will strengthen this key economic driver in our province and help eligible businesses grow, improve and prosper,” Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and Oxford MPP Ernie Hardeman said in the release.

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