Governments strengthening agriculture and food sector in Northern Ontario
$1.65 million investment supporting research at Lakehead University Agricultural Research Station
November 24, 2023 – Thunder Bay, Ontario – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
The governments of Canada and Ontario are investing up to $1.65 million over 5 years to support research programming, knowledge transfer and the operations and management of the Lakehead University Agricultural Research Station (LUARS). This multi-year funding through the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (Sustainable CAP) will help improve the viability and yield of crops in Northern Ontario, develop and diversify the agricultural industry, and position it for continued growth.
The research will focus on areas such as best management practices for Northern agriculture, soil health, environmental sustainability, and climate change, as well as research and knowledge co-developed with Indigenous researchers and communities.
Sustainable CAP is a 5-year (2023-2028), $3.5 billion investment by federal‐provincial and territorial governments to strengthen competitiveness, innovation, and resiliency of the agriculture, food, and agri‐based products sector. This includes $1 billion in federal programs and activities and a $2.5 billion commitment that is cost-shared 60% federally and 40% provincially/territorially for programs designed and delivered by the provinces and territories.
“Supporting agricultural research and innovation is vitally important. This investment at the Lakehead University Agricultural Research Station underscores our shared commitment to advancing Northern Ontario’s agricultural sector, and will help grow, and diversify, the province’s agricultural industry.”
- The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
“Agriculture in the North is growing, and the research at LUARS is becoming increasingly important as farmers expand their operations in the region. By investing in agricultural research in the North, we are working towards the goals of our Grow Ontario Strategy by promoting this province as a leader in agri-food technology and increasing production and consumption of locally grown food.”
- Lisa Thompson, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
“I am pleased to see the investment in the Lakehead Agricultural Research Station through the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership. Our local farmers and consumers will benefit from the innovative and best practices developed specifically for Northern Ontario through this funding.”
- Kevin Holland, MPP for Thunder Bay – Atikokan
“The Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario is pleased to support Lakehead University Agricultural Research Station to advance agriculture research for area farmers and enhance the strength and viability of the agri-food sector in Northern Ontario. The Lakehead University Agricultural Research Station serves as a continued example of how research stations across the province are integral to enabling innovative and high impact research for the province of Ontario.”
- Dr. Lorne Hepworth, Chair, Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario
“Lakehead University welcomes the continued financial support from the province and the Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario to operate our Agricultural Research Station. The research and extension services this station provides to the local farming community and agri-businesses are vital to the economy and continued growth of the agricultural sector in Northwestern Ontario.”
- Dr. Andrew P. Dean, Vice President, Research and Innovation, Lakehead University
Supporting continued and targeted investments in science, research and innovation to address key challenges and opportunities in the agriculture and food sector is among the priorities set for Sustainable CAP by the federal-provincial-territorial agricultural ministers in The Guelph Statement.
Lakehead University Agricultural Research Station (LUARS), located in the city of Thunder Bay in Northwestern Ontario, was founded by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs in 1991.
Funding for LUARS is being provided through the Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario (ARIO).
ARIO owns 14 research properties across Ontario. Research centres are an important platform for conducting agri-food research, which supports the competitiveness and sustainability of the agriculture and food sector.
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