Federal/Provincial Funding Announced for Agri-Food Employers

Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs | July 28th, 2022 – TORONTO

The governments of Canada and Ontario are investing $4 million to continue building a strong and competitive agri-food workforce. The second round of the Ontario Agri-Careers Support Initiative, which opens today and closes on September 8, 2022, provides funding for innovative pilot projects that are tailor-made to address employee needs at a local level.

“By working together through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, we’re ensuring Ontario has a skilled workforce to support its crucial food processing sector,” said Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. “This investment in Agri-Careers helps Ontario’s food processors meet growing labour challenges, while remaining competitive here and around the world.”

Eligible food processing businesses with 50 or more employees can apply for up to $80,000 in funding, or up to $200,000 for collaborations between two or more businesses, to cover up to 70 per cent of eligible project costs. Selected projects will aim to help the sector attract, support and retain the workers it needs to continue producing the safe and high-quality food made in Ontario, strengthen the local supply chain and promote greater food security.

Read the full news release here to learn more.  


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