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May 2024

Brought to you by: 

Chloe Langlois

Economic and Business Advisor

Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

I can be reached at:

(807) 630-4497

You can also contact the Agricultural Information Contact Centre at: 1-877-424-1300 for assistance.


The 78th Annual NOMA conference wrapped up April 26th in Thunder Bay at the Superior Inn. It brought together municipal officials, councilors, government, associations and members from across the Northwest to discuss barriers, issues and challenges within their communities. Chloe Langlois from OMAFRA presented an engaging session on Agriculture Economic Development which aligned with this years theme "Building a Brighter Future". The Minister of Agriculture, the Honourable Lisa Thompson was in attendance among 6 other ministers who participated in the Ministers Forum to close the three day event.

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Species at Risk Partnership on Agricultural Lands (SARPAL) 

Intake opening May 14th

SARPAL is a Environment and Climate Change Canada initiative that is focused on working with farmers to support the recovery of species at risk on agricultural land. SARPAL funds conservation actions currently focused on supporting 12 target Species at Risk.

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Attention Farmers in Northern Ontario

Are you curious about the health of your soil? Then consider participating in the Soils At Guelph SHAP Ground Truthing Project. SHAP is OMAFRA’s made-in-Ontario tool for Soil Health Assessment and Planning.

Unlock the Secrets of Your Soil

Participating in our project means your farm will qualify for one FREE soil health analysis per field. The SHAP Ground Truthing Project analysis includes organic matter, aggregate stability, active carbon, respiration and potentially mineralizable nitrogen. We will also pay for soil texture analysis, a standard fertility package (pH, CEC, P, Ca, Mg), and organic carbon and total nitrogen. 

Building a robust Ontario SHAP Database, Together

Soils At Guelph is working together with others in the province to build a robust SHAP database with Ontario agricultural lands. 

Getting involved: To register for the SHAP Ground Truthing Project, simply send an email to

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Upcoming Events

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Experience the agricultural event of the year at the Northwest International Ag Expo, hosted by the Northwest Soil & Crop Improvement Association! 

Whether you’re a seasoned producer, a thriving agribusiness, or a passionate stakeholder, this expo is tailored just for you. 

Join us as we delve into insightful discussions on crops, livestock, and regional agricultural practices that shape our industry. Engage with industry-leading experts at equipment displays, where innovation meets practicality. And don’t miss out on invaluable networking opportunities with fellow agribusiness professionals.

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Supports farmers to build resilient ecological farms and grow a strong knowledge-sharing community.

EFAO brings farmers together so they can learn from each other and improve the health of their soils, crops, livestock and the environment, while running profitable farm businesses

Upcoming Events:

May 1st - Webinar: Vegetable Crop Disease Management

May 6th - Webinar: Weed Management

May 8th - Webinar: Cover Crops and Green Manures

May 13th - Webinar: Yoga for Farmers: Warming up for the Season

May 15th - Webinar: Irrigation Basics

May 16th - Field Day: Technology for a Sustainable Future at Pfisterer Farm

May 27th - Webinar: Principles of Harvest and Post-Harvest

May 29th - Workshop: Hands-on Weeding Workshop at Ignatius Farm

June 5th - Field Day: Field Day at Rumar Farm and Manorun Farm

June 10th - Webinar: Flower Production

June 12th - Webinar: Setting Up An Urban Farm

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Farmer Wellness Initiative

The Farmer Wellness Initiative provides Ontario farmers and their families with free, unlimited mental health counselling, specific to the unique challenges that can be experienced by the agricultural community. 

Operated by TELUS Health, you can call, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to be connected to support, available in both English and French. 

CALL NOW: 1-866-267-6255

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OMAFRA Dateline

OMAFRA Dateline is an online calendar resource for use by interested individuals, businesses and organizations across Ontario. Calendar events may be hosted by OMAFRA or other groups. The events posted on this site are aimed at sharing information to agriculture, agri-food businesses and regional economic development clients. Please check the calendar regularly for upcoming events, workshops, conferences and meetings or to post an event.

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Funding Programs

Ontario Trillium Foundation - Seed Grant

The Application period is May 29th, 2024 to June 26th, 2024 at 5PM ET

TERM LENGTH -6 or 12 months

AMOUNT AWARDED (PER YEAR): Minimum $10,000 to a Maximum of $100,000

Build capacity and prepare for future programming

Seed grants help organizations build resilience and enhance their ability to deliver programs and services that directly benefit community members. Applicants can apply for funding to support organizational planning, pilot a new program, and build their capacity to plan for future programs and services.

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Dairy Processing Modernization Initiative & Guidelines - OPEN

The Dairy Processing Modernization Initiative provides funding to dairy processors for equipment upgrades that make processing more efficient and/or improve food safety.

The following activities are eligible under the Initiative:

  1. incremental activities specifically required to create or increase processing efficiencies for Ontario facilities
  2. incremental activities specifically required to both create or increase processing efficiencies and improve food safety for Ontario facilities
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Funding for Ontario Farmers Available Under the Resilient Agricultural Landscape Program (RALP) - Reopening Soon

Next Intake Opening Spring 2024

As part of the Ontario Agricultural Sustainability Initiative, OSCIA is delivering the Resilient Agricultural Landscape Program (RALP), a five-year program providing funding to eligible Ontario farmers to implement projects focused on addressing climate change through reducing greenhouse gas emissions and sequestering carbon. 

Funding is available for:

  • Natural Grassland Establishment,
  • Perennial Biomass and Warm Season Pastures,
  • Reduced Tillage,
  • Tree & Shrub Planting,
  • Water Retention Features, and,
  • Wetlands

Once the intake opens, applications to the Resilient Agricultural Landscape Program can be submitted electronically through the OSCIA Portal. If you have not already done so, you will need to create an account and complete the Enrolment Form on the OSCIA Portal to be ready to apply once the intake opens.

To apply, applicants will need the following:

  • A valid premises identification (PID) number - for details, visit
  • A certificate of completion for a 4th Edition Environmental Farm Plan
  • A tillage assessment or letter of support from a qualified third party
  • A site map of the project location

EFAO will be hosting an Information session on March 18th - Click here to Register

For More information on this program: 

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Grow Ontario Market Initiative - OPEN


OMAFRA is pleased to inform you that the governments of Canada and Ontario are investing up to $6 million under the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (Sustainable CAP) to help eligible agri-food businesses and industry organizations expand markets for Ontario food products.


This Grow Ontario Market Initiative will support agri-food producers, processors, and industry organizations with cost-share opportunities for the implementation of domestic and export marketing activities. 


Eligible activities will include (see link to guidelines for specific program details):

·    analysis and planning for new export and domestic market opportunities

·    implementation of new export and domestic marketing activities

·    development of new products that meet market opportunities 


Under the Grow Ontario Market Initiative applicants can receive up to 50 per cent cost share for eligible costs, to a maximum of $60,000 for producers and processors, and up to $125,000 for industry organizations. 


Learn how to apply for funding to grow your agri-food business through marketing analysis and planning, new product development and marketing activities at this link Grow Ontario Market Initiative Guidelines |


For More Information or with questions about the program please contact your regional advisor directly

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Biosecurity Enhancement Initiative Guidelines - OPEN

Learn more about funding opportunities to enhance biosecurity at your business.

Intake Open

The Biosecurity Enhancement Initiative supports the resiliency of the agriculture and food sector by addressing biosecurity risks and enhancing emergency preparedness. It provides funding opportunities to key agriculture industry businesses, including Primary Producers, Processors, and Service Providers. The Initiative has 7 Project Categories to support related activities across the full agri-food value chain (two for animal health and five for plant health).

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Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation

INVEST North Program

The Invest North Program is designed to boost economic growth in Northern Ontario by encouraging businesses to invest in transformative, strategic and complementary business development opportunities in Northern communities. The program will support productivity, innovation, business competitiveness, revenue growth, export capacity development, job creation and retention.

Community Enhancement Program

The Community Enhancement Program is designed to help build strong and resilient Northern communities through infrastructure investments, to upgrade / repair existing assets to improve community quality of life, economic development infrastructure and strategic economic development initiatives

For a list of all NOHFC programming go to:

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Federal Economic Development Agency for Northern Ontario 

FedNor is the Government of Canada's economic development organization for Northern Ontario. Through its programs and services, and through its financial support of projects that lead to job creation and economic growth, FedNor works with businesses and community partners to build a stronger Northern Ontario.

Current Open Programs Include:

Regional Economic Growth through Innovation (REGI) 

Supporting the growth of Canadian businesses, their expansion into new markets and their adoption of new technologies and processes.

Northern Ontario Development Program (NODP) 

Supporting communities' efforts to plan and mobilize their resources, enhance business growth, and exploit new opportunities for economic development and diversification.

Community Futures Program (CFP)

Encouraging the growth of small and medium-sized businesses via a network of 24 Community Futures Development Corporations spread out across the region.

Economic Development Initiative (EDI)

Enhancing the economic viability of the region’s Francophone communities through support for innovation, economic diversification and business growth initiatives.

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Other E-mail Notices, Updates, Blogs and Podcasts that OMAFRA offers


Economic Development



Farm Business Registration


To register a farm business and get a Farm Business Registration number (FBR), please contact Agricorp at 1-866-327-367 | 

Indian Agricultural Program of Ontario (IAPO


Provides financing and support to build sustainable communities for Indigenous farmers and businesses.

Indigenous Services Canada

Canadian Agricultural Loans Act program


Loan program to farmers and agricultural co-operatives. Farmers can use these loans to establish, improve, and develop farms, while agricultural co-operatives may also access loans to process, distribute, or market the products of farming. 



An online application that allows you to create custom maps and find agricultural information for Ontario, combining agricultural data on soils and drainage, as well as data layers from other Government of Ontario ministries.


The website for all things agriculture in the north, hosted by Northern Ontario Farm Innovation Alliance.

Farm Credit Canada


A federal Crown corporation that lends money and provides other services to primary producers, agri-food operations and agribusinesses that provide inputs or add value to agriculture.

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