Ontario will be home to the first of three new Living Laboratory initiatives beginning this year.
Led by Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association, the Ontario living lab project will receive up to $9.2 million over five years from the federal government under the Agricultural Climate Solutions (ACS) – Living Labs program.
This living lab will bring together producers and scientists to co-develop, test, and evaluate on-farm beneficial management practices (BMPs) regarding nitrogen use, manure storage, landscape management, and grazing management that help store carbon and reduce greenhouse gas emissions on Ontario farms.
Findings will be shared with local producers, producer associations, federal and provincial researchers, Indigenous groups, and other sector stakeholders, the government says.
The Living Laboratories Initiative first ran in PEI, Manitoba, Quebec, and Ontario from 2019 until March 2023. New living labs in two more provinces will be announced in the coming weeks. All told, there will be 14 living labs under the ACS – Living Labs program, ensuring that there will be at least one living lab in every Canadian province.