New program to help Ontario food, agri-product exporters to pursue new markets

As trade talks among several countries continue to rock the markets, the Ontario government is stepping up to help those that export food and agri-products to pursue new markets.

The provincial government will begin accepting applications for its Market Access Initiative, a new cost-share funding initiative that’s open to all Ontario food and agri-product exporters.

According to its website, funding is available for up to 75 per cent of eligible costs depending on what category the project falls under. The initiative is supported by the federal government’s Canadian Agricultural Partnership.

Eligible projects will include activities such as developing plans to access new international or domestic markets and engaging in further marketing activities to achieve this outcome.

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“The quality of Ontario’s farm products has and always will be 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,” says Ernie Hardeman, Ontario’s Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

“Trade disputes have taken a heavy toll on Ontario pork producers in the last two years,” says Eric Schwindt, chair of Ontario Pork. “We thank both governments for this market access initiative and look forward to working with them to ensure producers across all commodities receive equitable consideration.”

“Today’s announcement recognizes the costs that the escalating trade disruptions and barriers are having on the competitiveness and viability of the Ontario beef sector. BFO thanks our federal and provincial partners for their swift initiation of the Market Access Initiative and commitment to find solutions to help mitigate the critical market access challenges facing our sector,” said Joe Hill, president, Beef Farmers of Ontario.

“The global marketplace is in turmoil right now, and farmers are being negatively impacted through no fault of their own. Today’s announcement of a fund for new market development for Ontario grains, pork and beef is welcome,” says Markus Haerle, chair, Grain Farmers of Ontario.

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