Governments launch Market Access Initiative to help open markets for Ontario farm
September 4, 2019 - The governments of Canada and Ontario are taking action to help
Ontario food and agri-product exporters pursue new markets.
Effective today, the Ontario government will accept applications for the Market
Access Initiative, a new cost-share funding initiative open to all Ontario food
and agri-product exporters to assist them in accessing new markets. The Market Access
Initiative will assist with diversification projects and is supported through the
Canadian Agricultural Partnership.
Jeff Yurek, MPP for Elgin-Middlesex-London, today congratulated Minister of Agriculture,
Food and Rural Affairs, Ernie Hardeman, on a recent announcement of this new programming
provided through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.
"I am proud that our government is committed to working collaboratively with our
agricultural sectors to ensure that the industry receives the necessary support
for continued innovation and success," said MPP Yurek. "This in turn helps to sustain
and enhance the economic backbone of rural Ontario, which benefits the entire province."
Through the Market Access Initiative, sector organizations and businesses can apply
for cost-share support for eligible activities that diversify markets for Ontario
food products. Eligible projects will include activities such as developing plans
to access new international or domestic markets and engaging in new marketing activities
to achieve this outcome.
"Through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, we are investing in collaborative
and innovative solutions to industry challenges. The Government is committed to
creating good middle-class jobs by helping our farmers and processors in Ontario
and across Canada to compete and succeed in markets at home and around the world,"
said Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.
"The quality of Ontario's farm products is and always has been among the best in
the world – and trade disputes don't change this. We're pleased to apply the Canadian
Agricultural Partnership to help expand markets for Ontario's agri-food industry
and to support the sector in its efforts to innovate and be open for business,"
said Ernie Hardeman, Ontario's Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.
To date, both the federal and Ontario governments have committed cost-share support
to more than 2,000 projects through the Partnership to help eligible farmers, processors,
other businesses and sector organizations innovate and grow.