Growing Forward 2 for Producers
New: GF2 Results Spotlight
The GF2 Results Spotlight below shows some of the ways that producers across the province have improved their business with GF2 funding. The featured results will be updated regularly and each spotlight will focus on new results within one GF2 area of focus.
Spotlight: Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED)
GF2's PED Biosecurity Special Intake helped address biosecurity concerns for Ontario's swine industry. Animal disease outbreaks can affect profitability, resulting in serious economic hardship to the industry and the rural communities they support. GF2 helped protect Ontario's animal resource base from the PED virus and strengthen the sustainability of the industry.
Over $8.4 million was committed to help industry manage and prevent the spread of PED.
GF2 helped Ontario businesses reduce key risks2 (note: results below represent only a subset of the total completed projects):
1 Funds committed and projects approved as of September 2016; includes $205,222 for 13 processor projects. Recipients were eligible to complete more than one BMP per project.
2 Risk reduction figures represent respondents that reported decreased risk levels (medium/high to low risk and high to medium risk) as a percentage of the number of respondents for each respective question. The number of respondents for each respective question is as follows: 689 for onto operation, 692 for within operation, and 666 for off operation.
3 Biosecurity standards figure represents respondents that reported they had moved closer to industry standards for biosecurity, as a percentage of the number of respondents (708).
4 Graph represents number of lab-confirmed reports of the initial case(s) on each of the case farms in Ontario.
Note: While the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs ('Ontario') endeavors to isolate and remove invalid data elements from the data, Ontario makes no representations or warranties about the completeness, accuracy or reliability of the data or its suitability for any given purpose. Reliance on the data is strictly at the user's own risk. Ontario will not accept liability for any loss or damage arising out of the use of this data. The information expressed on this webpage is solely that of the respective contributors and does not necessarily represent the views of the Government of Canada.
In Ontario, GF2 offers resources, tools and cost-share funding assistance to eligible producers to grow profits, expand markets and manage shared risks. The Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) administers GF2 cost-share funding assistance to producers across the province on behalf of the ministry.
GF2 programming for producers has been updated with four new project categories and enhancements to several existing categories to support producers to transition to low-carbon production and encourage energy efficiency and energy conservation on-farms. For eligible, approved projects, this support will help farmers to do such things as modify their equipment and improve efficiency at existing agricultural production facilities to help reduce their carbon emissions, as well as improve soil health and nutrient management. More information and full details on how producers can participate are available on the OSCIA website.
How to apply for GF2 cost-share funding assistance
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Producers are encouraged to take advantage of free workshops and training opportunities. Participants will have a chance to talk to other producers and industry specialists about new ways to reach your farm business goals. Attending a workshop may be a prerequisite before applying for GF2 cost-share funding assistance or can help strengthen your Growing Forward 2 application.
Visit the OSCIA website for workshop and training information including dates, locations and to register.
Food safety Self-Assessment and Action Plan template for Producers - To obtain a copy, send an email to FoodSafety@ontario.ca or call 1-877-424-1300
GF2 cost-share funding assistance is available to established and new Ontario farm businesses that produce agricultural commodities in Ontario and file business or farm income/loss taxes in Ontario. The maximum cost-share funding that a single producer business can receive over the five-year timeframe is $350,000. All projects will be assessed on merit. Only the most impactful projects will receive cost-share. Cost-share funding will be capped depending on the project category. Some project categories have prerequisites as a required condition before you apply. Approval of your project is needed before costs can be incurred and paid.
The Province may provide:
We are looking to fund projects in six areas of focus and it is important that projects align with one or more of the program's priorities:
Applicants must have a:
Innovation is key. Projects that are deemed innovative may receive higher cost-share. Refer to the Innovation checklist, Appendix 3 in the GF2 in the Program Guide.
It is recommended that you take the time to read the GF2 Program Guide for Producers before applying.
Producer applicants can complete their enrolment form and applications online through the GF2 Client Portal. Should you require technical support with the GF2 Client Portal, contact the ministry at 1-877-424-1300, Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
If you want, complete your forms in paper. You must send your paper enrolment and application by mail or fax to the OSCIA. See enrolment and application form below for details.
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You may be required to complete a project information form related to your project and include it with your application. You can get these here.
The Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) administers GF2 to producers across Ontario on behalf of the ministry.
Strong Partnerships in Action
To accelerate the effectiveness and long term success of Growing Forward 2 in Ontario, the ministry has developed strong partnerships with innovative and experienced organizations. Learn more about our GF2 partners.
Business Risk Management Programs
In addition, GF2 provides Business Risk Management programs to help producers improve competitiveness and better manage risk - including market volatility and rising input costs. The Business Risk Management programs include: Production Insurance, AgriStability and AgriInvest. Agricorp assists in the delivery of GF2 Business Risk Management programs in Ontario.