Growing Forward 2 for Producers
New Growing Forward 2 (GF2) Results
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 are updated regularly and each spotlight focuses on new results within one GF2 focus area. You can view past results spotlights here.
Spotlight: Environment and Climate Change Adaptation
Over $10.6 million has been committed to producers for environment and climate change projects. Producers are investing this funding in best management practices such as energy assessments, nutrient management planning, manure storage improvements, weather risk mitigation strategies and practices, cover crops, nutrient recovery from wastewater, fuel storage improvements, irrigation water efficiency, and water well management.
Producers are seeing real results as these projects are completed: 2
2 Results represent only a subset of completed producer environment and climate change adaptation projects. Results are as of December 2016, represent a percentage of the respondents for each respective question, and exclude answers that were not applicable and could not be interpreted. The information is primarily derived from self-reported data and is provided "as is". Number of respondents for each respective question: 140 for reduced environmental risk; 69 for improved/maintained soil structure/reduced risks to soil quality; 121 for reduced risks to surface water quality/reduced risks of impairment of surface water quality; 47 for improved ability to adapt to climate change/reduced risks contributing to climate change; 122 for reduced risks of groundwater/aquifer contamination; 118 for improved productivity; 108 for reduced risk levels. Risk levels are based on the producers' assessment of their farm operation using criteria set out in the Canada-Ontario Environmental Farm Plan workbook. While any level of reduction of risk is beneficial, a reduction of risk by three levels is the highest possible reduction that a producer could achieve, moving from a ranking of highest risk ("1" rating) to least risk ("4" rating).
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 Ontario or 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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Some courses are now available online. Visit the Agriculture and Food Education in Ontario web page to discover the courses that are currently available.
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:
GF2 cost-share funding assistance supports projects in these six focus areas. Refer to GF2 Program Guide for eligible project activities in each area of focus.
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.