Financial Assistance for Ontario's Rural Communities and Agri-food Sector

The provincial government and the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs work together to provide a set of funding programs that support good jobs, attract investment, and help the agri-food industry make and even greater contribution to Ontario's economic success.

The ministry also provides advice, research, and programs to advance the sector. Together, these programs are designed to assist the industry in meeting the Premier's Agri-Food Growth Challenge to double its annual growth rate and create 120,000 new jobs by 2020.

Select one of the following categories to learn more about financial assistance for Ontario's rural communities and agri-food sector.


Funding for producers of agricultural commodities, including:

  • Livestock and poultry
  • Field crops
  • Specialty, vegetable and greenhouse crops
  • Apples
  • Tenderfruit and grapes
  • Nursery crops and flowers
  • Organic crops
  • Maple products
  • Bees and honey

Food and Beverage Processors

Funding for companies and businesses that process food or beverage products, including:

  • Packaged-goods and value-added goods manufacturers and bottlers
  • Beverage alcohol

Bioproducts Producers

Funding for businesses that create products made with some component of biological or renewable materials, including

  • Bioenergy and biofuels
  • Biomaterials
  • Biochemicals


Funding for projects that support economic development in rural communities, including:

  • Municipalities
  • Cities
  • Towns
  • Villages
  • Hamlets


Funding for agriculture-related and food-related projects by groups, including:

  • Not-for-profit organizations
  • Commodity groups
  • Associations
  • Marketing boards
  • Municipalities
  • Economic development offices
  • Indigenous groups

Researchers and Research Institutions

Funding for projects conducted by those with capacity to perform quality research, including:

  • Business and industry
  • colleges and universities
  • Government - municipal, provincial (non-Ontario) and federal
  • Hospitals
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Non-government organizations
  • Research institutes and foundations

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