Strong Partnership in Action

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To accelerate the effectiveness and long-term success of Growing Forward 2 (GF2) in Ontario, the ministry has developed strong partnerships with innovative and experienced organizations. Below you will find a list of our GF2 Partners and description of each.

Agricultural Adaption Council (AAC)

The AAC is a not-for-profit organization that is made up of over 60 Ontario agricultural, agri-food and rural organizations. As leaders in administering government funding they administer the Growing Forward 2 program to organizations and collaborations. Refer to the AAC website for information.

Agri-food Management Institute (AMI)

AMI develops innovative business models, tools, resources and training for the agriculture and agri-food sectors. These initiatives are designed to improve business management and leadership practices for producers and processors.

Some key AMI projects include:

  • Advanced Farm Management Program
  • Online business assessment tool for processors and producers
  • Basic financial management workshop for new farm businesses - pilot project
  • Risk management toolkit including a risk self-assessment (AMI partnered with FMC)
  • Gap analysis to identify the processing sector's business management and leadership development needs

Refer to the AMI website for information.

Agri-Technology Commercialization Centre (ATCC)

The ATCC works in the areas of commercialization, business and market development in the agriculture, food and agri-product sectors. ATCC provides access to networks of entrepreneurs, investors and service providers. By facilitating the development, commercialization and adoption of new technologies the ATCC is leading a more competitive agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products sector in Ontario. To learn more about the services offered by the ATCC and their partners, refer to the ATCC website.


BLOOM is a private not-for-profit organization that has significant experience working with the food and beverage industry to implement clean technologies and sustainable practices. As a trusted 3rd party, BLOOM works closely with food and beverage companies to understand their water and wastewater issues, and to identify practical and business-case driven solutions. This includes conducting pilot projects to test and assess the performance of technologies and equipment under actual operating conditions. For more information, visits the BLOOM website.

Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC)

EMC is Canada's largest manufacturing consortium. This unique organization is dedicated to helping manufacturers grow and become more competitive, at home and around the world. Under Growing Forward 2, EMC created the "Food, Beverage and Bio-sector" labour productivity initiative. This initiative will help companies to grow their labour productivity capabilities, provide diagnostic tools, resources, and benchmarking information and offer training and outreach programs. Refer to the EMC website for more information.

Farm and Food Care Ontario (FFCO)

Farm & Food Care Ontario (FFCO) is not-for-profit agricultural education coalition that brings farmers, agricultural professionals, businesses, government, and other groups together. They provide credible information on food and farming in Ontario. FFCO will deliver two initiatives.

  1. Develop and provide animal welfare education and resources related to Codes of Practice and industry standards.
  2. The Management and Quality Initiative (WAMQI) project will support demonstration and applied research projects.

For more information, visit the FFCO website.

Food and Beverage Ontario (FBO)

FBO is a not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to the success, prosperity and growth of the food and beverage processing industry. Under GF2, FBO is:

  • Conducting an assessment of the province's innovation physical assets and resources
  • Generating an inventory of the province's physical innovation assets and identifying their capabilities and capacity for the industry
  • Developing a plan, in collaboration with stakeholders, for future resource development and usage by the sector
  • Coordinating a multi-year strategy to build awareness of the opportunities for education and employment in the food and beverage processing industry

For more information, visit the FBO website.

Grain Farmers of Ontario (GFO)

GFO represents 28,000 corn, soybeans and wheat growers that farm over five million acres of farm land across the province. The organization is highly effective in transferring plant health knowledge to farmers through mobile applications, electronic and print media. Under Growing Forward 2, GFO will develop new plant health resources and refine existing ones. Projects include developing new mobile smartphone applications and upgrading to modern mobile web operating systems for production and plant health purposes.

For more information, visit the GFO website.

Livestock Research Innovation Corporation (LRIC)

LRIC moves livestock research and innovation in the Ontario livestock sector forward. LRIC works with industry, academia and government partners to coordinate research initiatives. LRIC's ensures that research dollars are directed to targeted and well-designed projects and the resulting research is effectively shared. Refer to the LRIC website.

NSF-Guelph Food Technology Centre (NSF-GFTC)

NSF-GFTC is a global leader in food safety, training, quality and technical solutions. Under Growing Forward 2, NSF-GFTC offers one-day food safety and traceability workshops for Ontario food and beverage processors. Processors will gain essential skills from industry leaders about the latest food safety practices. Processors learn ways to improve or leverage their traceability systems.

Training modules:

  • Developing a HACCP Plan
  • Personnel, Handling & Sanitation
  • Personnel, Handling & Water
  • Facility, Pest Control, Preventative Maintenance & Calibration
  • Recall and Traceability
  • Sanitation & Water
  • Profiting from Traceability

Refer to the NSF-GFTC website for workshop details.

Ontario Agri-Food Technologies (OAFT)

OAFT supports business-to-business market retention and expansion by proactively supporting and coordinating research, and the development and commercialization of new agri-food technologies in Ontario and global markets. Ontario businesses can address short term research needs and business opportunities to help market their innovation through OAFT's Rapid Response programs.

Refer to the OAFT website.

Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG)

OGVG is a not-for-profit organization representing farmers who grow greenhouse tomatoes, cucumbers and bell peppers in Ontario. The sector is a dynamic, innovative group who are continuously adopting new technologies, ideas and innovations to provide high quality fresh safe products. Under Growing Forward 2 OGVC will conduct six pilot projects to determine the feasibility of full year greenhouse production to maintain and expand market opportunities. Refer to the OGVG website.

Ontario Livestock and Poultry Council (OLPC)

OLPC is an industry funded organization that provides a forum for the livestock and poultry industries to come together to develop strategies to deal with important animal health issues. OLPC will support the implementation of the national biosecurity standards by:

  • creating commodity-specific educational materials
  • developing a framework for educational workshops created by the industry
  • training biosecurity experts to deliver workshops

Refer to the OLPC website.

Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA)

The OSCIA is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to develop, communicate and facilitate economic management of soil, water and crops.

The OSCIA has significant experience in the development and delivery of farm and field demonstrations, environmental cost-share programs and educational programs. Since 1992, OSCIA has been educating Ontario farmers about on-farm environmental concerns using the Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) workbook.

Under Growing Forward 2 OSCIA:

  • Delivers GF2 programming including workshops and cost-share funding assistance for Ontario farmers
  • Supports the development of an electronic version of the EFP Fourth Edition workbook and new tools to improve the workshop educational experience
  • Supports the development and delivery of the Great Lakes Agricultural Stewardship Initiative (GLASI) - a targeted stewardship program designed to improve soul health, pollinator health, and to contribute to improvements in water quality in the focused areas: the Lake Erie basin and the southeast shores of Lake Huron watershed area.
  • GLASI includes several components:
    • Cost-sharing for equipment modifications for custom applicators of manure and bio-solids to improve application of nutrients to agricultural lands
    • Cost-sharing for equipment modifications for farmers to install dust deflectors on existing air seeders to reduce risk to pollinators
    • Farmland Health Check-ups Ontario Certified Crop Advisors work one-on-one with farmers to provide support and conduct reviews of farm

Refer to the OSCIA website for more information.

Provision Coalition

The leading voice on sustainability in the food and beverage industry, Provision consists of 11 member associations that represent the sustainability interests of manufacturers and suppliers across Canada. Provision is committed to helping its member companies enjoy the economic, environmental and social benefits that come with operating in a sustainable manner.

Provision's Online Sustainability Portal offers innovative, web-based sustainability tools and resources to help food and beverage manufacturers assess, monitor and improve their sustainability performance. Making use of the portal, manufacturers can benefit from lower production costs, a reduced environmental impact, improved employee morale and a thriving bottom line. To find out more visit Provision's Sustainability Portal.

University of Guelph

The University of Guelph is an internationally recognized academic institution with in-depth expertise in agriculture, food and the agri-producsts sector. Under Growing Forward 2, support will be provided to cultivate this expertise through the Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP) program to ensure that research is effectively developed, transferred and adopted by supporting Knowledge Translation and Transfer (KTT), and by fostering industry-academic collaborations in early-stage commercialization.

More information on these initiatives is available on the OMAFRA-University of Guelph Partnership website.

Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (VRIC)

Vineland is a leading-edge research institution that delivers industry-driven, collaborative research to Ontario's horticulture sector. Vineland connects research with industry to leverage the best results for Ontario's horticulture sector and consumers. Refer to the Vineland website.

Workplace Safety and Prevention Services (WSPS)

WSPS provides health and safety solutions for employers and employees in Ontario. With over 150 years of industry experience, WSPS develop safety projects for farmers, youth and older workers for over a decade.

Ontario farm businesses hire over 20,000 seasonal farm workers primarily from Mexico and the Caribbean. As a Growing Forward 2 partner, WSPS is producing farm safety materials in Spanish for seasonal farm workers. These materials will be promoted through print and digital formats. Visit the WSPS website to learn more.

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