Financial Assistance for Ontario's Farmers

The provincial government supports growth in Ontario's agri-food sector by providing farmers with funding programs that support good jobs, attract investment, and help them make an even greater contribution to Ontario's economic success.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs also provides farmers with a variety of other programs and services. Programs and Services for Ontario Farmers Factsheet - PDF format [446 kb]

Select one of the following programs to learn more.

Growing Forward 2 (GF2)

Growing Forward 2 is a federal-provincial-territorial framework that offers resources, tools and cost-share funding assistance to eligible producers to grow profits, expand markets and manage shared risks.
Projects include: cost-share funding for education, training, audits, assessments, planning and implementation activities.

Jobs and Prosperity Fund - Food and Beverage Growth Fund

Within the Jobs and Prosperity Fund, the Food and Beverage Growth Fund provides funding for strategic investments that help create sustainable jobs; enhance innovation, productivity and market access; and strengthen supply chains in the food, beverage and bioproduct processing sectors. This fund is available for food, beverage and bioproduct processing projects across the province with more than $5 million in eligible costs. Projects include: The first intake of projects is currently underway.

Local Food Fund - program closed January 2015

The Local Food Fund was a three-year initiative that provided funding of up to $10 million per year to support innovative local food projects that reduced barriers to regional economic development; resulted in sustainable regional economic development; and had a positive impact on Ontario's economy.

Farm Property Tax Rate

As a farmland owner in Ontario, you may be eligible to apply for a property tax reduction through the Farm Property Class Tax Rate Program.


The Agricultural Information Contact Centre of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) provides province-wide, toll-free technical and business information to commercial farms, agri-businesses and other rural businesses:

Phone: 1-877-424-1300

For more information:
Toll Free: 1-877-424-1300
Author: OMAFRA Staff
Creation Date: 14 May 2015
Last Reviewed: 14 May 2015