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Research Stations

Research stations are an important platform for conducting agri-food research. Owned by the Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario (ARIO) and operated and managed by the University of Guelph, the OMAFRA - University of Guelph Partnership provides funds for the maintenance, operation and management of 17 research properties located across Ontario with the exception of Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (VRIC) which is operated and managed under a separate agreement with VRIC Incorporated.

The research stations support four funding tiers. More information about each of the Tiers can be found on the University of Guelph's Apply for funding from the OMAFRA - U of G Research Program webpage.

Research and Innovation Centres

Horticulture and livestock research and innovation centres:

  • Focus research and innovation priorities on industry needs working across the value chain.
  • Drive innovation, creating new value-added products with economic and social benefits.
  • Maximize return on investment with state-of-the-art research infrastructure that enables scientific excellence, knowledge dissemination and industry adoption.

The centres work collaboratively with agri-food partners to develop and implement research and innovation strategies and priorities, leading to industry competitiveness.

Livestock Research and Innovation Centre at Elora

As part of a major reinvestment at the Elora research station, the Livestock Research and Innovation Centre is envisioned as an integrated, multi-disciplinary livestock research centre. The new dairy facility opened in 2015 with additional building projects for other commodities anticipated in future years.

Development of these new facilities stems from a collaboration between the University of Guelph, the Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario (ARIO), the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, the Livestock Research Innovation Corporation and the Ontario livestock sector. The University of Guelph manages the facilities at the Livestock Research and Innovation Centre.

Vineland Research and Innovation Centre

Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (VRIC) focuses on horticultural science and innovation for Ontario and Canada. Located in the Niagara region, Vineland facilitates coordinates and delivers applied research, innovation and commercialization activities that:

  • focus on the needs of Ontario's horticulture industry
  • support competitiveness of the industry
  • meet consumer demands for innovative products

Laboratory Services

The funding of Laboratory Services (LS) through the Partnership provides a critical mass of:

  • leading faculty
  • research personnel
  • veterinary specialists
  • laboratory staff

Laboratory services are provided through two units: the Animal Health Lab and the Agriculture and Food Lab.


For more information:
E-mail: research.omafra@ontario.ca
Author: OMAFRA Staff
Creation Date: 17 October 2016
Last Reviewed: 17 October 2016