Posted on April 27th, 2020 in Agribusiness

Government Provides $2.5M in Support to the Agri-food Sector During COVID-19

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The Federal and Provincial Governments are investing up to $2.5 million to launch the Agri-Food Open for E-Business initiative. This initiative will help food producers, farmers markets, retailers, garden centres, greenhouses, nurseries, and agricultural associations develop and expand their business online. Funding for the program is being provided through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.

The program will provide consumers with greater access to a wide variety of food and agriculture products and will also provide more opportunities for producers to grow their business and offer more food choices.

The targeted application intake features two funding streams:

  • Bring Your Business Online. Eligible organizations and businesses can apply for a grant of up to $5,000 to establish an online e-business and marketing presence. Funding under this stream will be quick and responsive for those needing immediate solutions.
  • Develop Online Business Opportunities. Eligible organizations, businesses and collaborations can apply for cost-share funding of up to $75,000 to implement high-impact projects.

Applications will be immediately accepted by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) and will expedite the approval process to help businesses and organizations develop, expand and enhance their current online presence.