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New Place to Grow program to boost industry competitiveness and innovation
Ontario's government is helping to grow the province's agri-food and agri-products sectors by launching the Place to Grow: Agri-food Innovation Initiative - a program which will help drive innovation, reduce red tape, and address industry priorities.
Under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, this initiative will provide new cost-share funding opportunities to agriculture and food value-chain partners, while encouraging greater collaboration to identify opportunities and address challenges in the sector.
Organizations will be to apply for projects in key priority areas, including:
- Labour supply and training challenges, which is a new category added for this program
- Economic development in the agri-food and agri-products sectors
- Environmental stewardship to enhance water quality and soil health
- Protection and assurance to reinforce the foundation for public trust in the sector through improved assurance systems in food safety and plant and animal health
The first application intake for the Place to Grow: Agri-food Innovation Initiative will open on Aug. 15, 2019 and remain open through Sept. 27, 2019.