Helping Bring Ontario Agri-food Innovations to Market

News release

Governments Invest in Enhancing Commercialization to Grow Ontario Agri-food Sector

January 10, 2020 – Toronto, Ontario – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

The governments of Canada and Ontario are investing in a project that will help support the growth of the province’s agri-food sector.

Ontario Agri-Food Technologies (OAFT) will receive up to $100,000 in cost-share funding to research, design and launch a pilot Commercial Deal Accelerator. Funded through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership), this project is expected to deliver faster and enhanced commercialization to agri-food and agri-tech entrepreneurs in Ontario.

To date, both the federal and provincial governments have committed cost-share support to approximately 2,500 projects through the Partnership to help eligible Ontario farmers, processors, businesses and sector organizations innovate and grow.


“This initiative will strengthen the sector’s ability to quickly bring innovation to market. Our Government is pleased to help ensure that Ontario’s high quality agri-food products continue to drive our economy and create good middle class jobs.”

- The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

"Ontario's agri-food and agri-tech entrepreneurs have always been leaders who find success through innovation and collaboration. Our government is pleased to help them continue to be successful by supporting this exciting new project through the Partnership."

- The Honourable Ernie Hardeman, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

"Innovation is key to all aspects of agriculture, including how we commercialize new technologies. Importantly, the governments' support will help Ontario maintain its leadership role in the ag-tech ecosystem, thus supporting a primary economic driver of this province and country."

- Tyler Whale, President, Ontario Agri-Food Technologies

Quick facts

  • Funding for this project from the Partnership was approved through a merit-based application intake that took place from March 4 to April 5, 2019. Through this intake, the federal and provincial governments have committed more than $2.5 million in cost-share funding towards 28 projects.

  • In Ontario, cost-share programming for agriculture and value chain organizations is provided through the Place to Grow: Agri-food Innovation Initiative. An application intake for this initiative is currently open, and will close on January 27, 2020. Program details including the program guide are available online.

  • The Partnership is a five-year, $3-billion commitment by Canada's federal, provincial and territorial governments that supports Canada's agri-food and agri-products sectors.

  • Cost-share funding under the Partnership supports projects in the following priority areas:

  • The governments have supported around 2,500 projects through the Partnership, including more than 100 to help make Ontario’s food processing industry more competitive by implementing new technology and systems that enhance food safety; advance manufacturing technology and labour productivity; and/or developing new products or processes designed to lead to significantly increased sales.

  • Ontario’s agri-food sector supports more than 837,000 jobs and contributes more than $47 billion towards the province’s Gross Domestic Product.

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Justine Lesage
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Office of the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
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