The provincial government of Ontario has informed the Agricultural Adaptation Council (AAC) it will no longer act as the delivery agent of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) to organizations and collaborations.
AAC say it is “shocked” by the decision. The organization has been a delivery agent of federal/provincial funding programs for more than 23 years.
The council is a not-for-profit organization with 67 Ontario agricultural, agri-food and rural organization members. Over 20 years, AAC has managed approximately $300 million in support of more than 3,800 projects for Ontario’s agriculture and agri-food industry.
The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs will be taking over administration of CAP. AAC says it is awaiting additional details from the province about the transition, and is committed to finding other sources of funding to continue program delivery.
“This decision will not impact AAC’s ability to honour our commitments with other industry partners,” says AAC chair Kelly Duffy. “We appreciate the support of our members and will continue to serve them as we work through this transition.”