Call For Applications
Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

What's New

Applications are now being accepted for the Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence program. The deadline for submissions is February 28, 2014.

About The Program

The Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence recognizes innovations that improve existing products, create jobs and drive economic growth.

The program recognizes up to 50 award recipients across the province who receive a plaque, wordmark and a gate sign, as well as $5,000. From among those, a Premier's Award ($75,000); a Minister's Award ($50,000); and three Leaders in Innovation Awards ($25,000) will also be awarded.

Who Can Apply?

Farmers, primary producers, processors, or agri-food related organizations are all eligible for recognition under this initiative. Applicants must be in compliance with all applicable federal, provincial and municipal legislation that apply to the operation of the innovation.

Eligible Innovations

Examples of innovation areas include, but are not limited to:

  • improved business practices
  • response to consumer demands (eg., new product development, value added, marketing, strategic alliances, local food)
  • environmental stewardship
  • health and safety
  • energy and bio-economy
  • food safety and traceability
  • education and marketing of the agriculture and food industry to society


This year's applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on February 28, 2014. Eligible applications will be reviewed by two independent panels comprised of a cross-section of Ontario's agri-food industry. Additional information, guidelines and application forms are available on the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food website or by calling the Agricultural Information Contact Centre at 1-877-424-1300.

Mark Cripps, Minister's Office, 416-326-3069
Susan Murray, Communications Branch, 519-826-3145