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$1M investment to connect workers with agri-food jobs in Ontario


April 17, 2020
By Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs & Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

The governments of Canada and Ontario are investing up to $1 million to connect workers with in-demand jobs in the agri-food sector.

This new funding aims to keep the nation’s supply chains strong and store shelves stocked during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Funded through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership), this program would help primary agriculture, food processing companies and grocery retail to recruit and train workers who are important to keeping the essential food supply chain functioning.

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Through the Partnership’s Place to Grow: Agri-Food Innovation Initiative, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) will immediately accept applications and will expedite the approval process to help address sector labour concerns quickly

This targeted intake will begin accepting applications on April 17, 2020. Eligible applications will be received and assessed on a continuous basis, while funding is available.

“The women and men who work on farms, in processing plants and throughout the food production chain, are doing an essential service for us during this critical time and we are thankful for their dedication and hard work,” says Marie-Claude Bibeau, federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food. “There is a strong need for workers on Canadian farms and in food processing businesses right now and our Government is taking concrete actions to find solutions, including through this new initiative, to ensure that Canadians continue to have high-quality food on their grocery store shelves and kitchen tables.”

“This is a very labour-intensive sector so it is critical to attract more people to ensure our food supply chain continues to provide healthy and nutritious food to Ontario families during this COVID-19 outbreak,” says Ernie Hardeman, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “Our government is doing everything possible to ensure we support our farmers and food processors to fill job vacancies, including the development of a new web portal connecting workers with employers.”

For more information about this targeted application intake or to obtain a program guidebook, email: agpartnership@ontario.ca or call: 1-877-424-1300.