The Government of Canada, through the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario (FedNor), is investing more than $3 million to support Northern Ontario agri-food producers and organizations. This will help Northern Ontario’s agricultural sector innovate, grow and play a major role in the region’s economic recovery.
Recent agri-food-focused initiatives supported by FedNor
Cloverbelt Country Meats Cooperative
Upgrade the abattoir, located just west of Dryden, to make it more competitive through improvements that reduce energy costs, increase capacity and production volumes, and support the development of value-added products.
Local Food and Farm Co-Operative
Coordinate priority activities of the new Northern Ontario Food Distribution Network and provide value-chain coordination, training and advisory support to communities and food co-operatives across Northern Ontario. The goal is to improve market access and enterprise start-up and scale-up for food and farm producers, processors, social enterprises and co-operatives.
A repayable contribution to purchase and install a high capacity grain handler dryer to respond to consumer demand in the Earlton-New Liskeard region, enhance the quality of yields, increase exports and create jobs.
Sault Ste. Marie
Fair Finance Fund
Expand Northern Ontario investor and loan client participation over a three-year period to mobilize equitable and accessible capital for Northern food and farm enterprises that create social, environmental and economic benefits.
Social Planning Council of Sudbury
Hire a youth intern to support local and regional food economic initiatives in Northern Ontario by assisting with research, data collection and analysis, market information and knowledge sharing.
Hire an agronomist and agricultural technologist for a three-year period to assist with applied research and development projects that will create innovative agricultural technologies and support agricultural businesses in developing and selecting plant varieties that can thrive in Northern Ontario’s challenging climate.
Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario
Promote innovation and expansion in sustainable agriculture, particularly targeting young farmers with mentoring, clean tech adoption and on-farm research and innovation.
Thunder Bay-Rainy River
Association of Community Pastures
Establish a rotational grazing system for local community pastures organization to increase carrying capacity and improve quality of forage production.
Rainy River Future Development Corporation
Hire an agricultural, as well as investment advisor to support the growing agricultural sector in the Rainy River District.
Regional Food Distribution Association
Explore the economic viability of developing a value-added food processing business line and becoming a social enterprise, thereby improving its financial sustainability and providing local opportunities for area farmers.
Thunder Bay-Superior North
Hire a youth intern to perform industry-oriented field crop research at the Lakehead University’s Agricultural Research Station to create opportunities for local farmers to increase yields, profitability and business growth.
Town of Cochrane
Construct a grain handling and storage facility at the community’s multi-modal site to support the expansion of the region’s agricultural sector and to service farms in the Cochrane District.
Town of Hearst
Intern to assist with research to determine obstacles to livestock farming expansion in the Highway 11 North region.