Growing Forward 2 for Organizations and Collaborations
Growing Forward 2 (GF2) is a federal-provincial-territorial initiative that encourages innovation, competitiveness and market development, adaptability and industry sustainability in Canada's agri-food and agri products sector. In Ontario, GF2 has provided resources, tools and cost-share funding assistance to the sector to grow profits, expand markets and manage shared risks.
Application intakes for funding assistance are now closed. Support to successful applicants will continue as organizations and collaborations work on completing their approved projects. You can contact the Agricultural Adaptation Council for more information about GF2 cost-share funding assistance for organizations and collaborations.
GF2 continues to partner with industry and offer tools, resources and training for the sector. In addition, the federal, provincial and territorial governments are working together to develop the next agricultural policy framework which is to launch on April 1, 2018. Canada-Ontario specific programming will be announced over time.
GF2 Resources and Partners
GF2 continues to provide funding to develop and provide
tools, resources and training at no cost for the agri-food and agri-products
sector in Ontario. To accelerate the effectiveness and long-term
success of GF2 and its resources,
New Growing Forward 2 (GF2) Results
The GF2 Results Spotlight below shows some of the ways that organizations and collaborations across the province have improved their practices 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: Incubator uses GF2 funding to give local food businesses a start
A not-for-profit food business incubator in Toronto is helping entrepreneurs get their fledgling food companies off the ground.
Food Starter offers food preparation, processing, packaging and storage facilities to industry entrants at a reduced rate, as well as courses to teach entrepreneurs about key aspects of the food industry, like food safety, regulatory compliance, labelling, accounting, marketing, business management and human resources.
The Toronto Food Business Incubator partnered with the City of Toronto to access funding from GF2 to develop and launch Food Starter in November 2015.
"A lot of people here are good at recipes, but don't know about all the other things needed to run a food business," explains Carlos Correia, Food Starter's Facility Manager. "We cover all aspects of business development to give them information they didn't know existed, but would be road block to keep them from moving forward."
Food Starter's 24 incubator clients are new food entrepreneurs who access shared space by the hour on an as-needed basis to develop or perfect new recipes, scale up production or get ready to launch their first product.
Next Policy Framework
Federal, provincial and territorial governments are working together to develop the next agricultural policy framework which is to launch on April 1, 2018. Canada-Ontario specific programming will be announced over time. Consultations were held to gather feedback to help shape the direction of future policy and programs for the agriculture and agri-food sector. Visit Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's website for more information.