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Government invests $7.7 million in Manitoba Métis Federation toward sustainable farming

July 10, 2023  By Greenhouse Canada

July 10, 2023 – The Honourable Dan Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs, minister responsible for PrairiesCan and CanNor, and Member of Parliament for Saint Boniface–Saint Vital, announced a total investment of up to $7.7 million for the Manitoba Métis Federation (MMF).

Through the Agricultural Climate Solutions – On-Farm Climate Action Fund, MMF will receive up to $7.2 million to help Red River Métis farmers adopt sustainable farming practices that help build climate change resilience, support carbon sequestration, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The On-Farm Climate Action Fund is part of the Government of Canada’s Agricultural Climate Solutions (ACS) program to help farmers tackle climate change and falls under the $4 billion Natural Climate Solutions Fund managed by Natural Resources Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada, and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.


To date, thirteen recipients across Canada were awarded $185.9 million under the On-Farm Climate Action Fund to deliver funding directly to farmers in order to accelerate the adoption of beneficial management practices to reduce greenhouse gases, store carbon and improve climate resiliency and support sustainable farming for decades to come.

This project will allow MMF to provide direct financial support to its citizen farmers in the adoption of beneficial management practices (BMPs) in the areas of nitrogen management, cover cropping, and rotational grazing. MMF will offer specialized agriculture consultants to help with planning, data collection, implementing, and reporting of results. Additionally, with plans to deliver peer-to-peer learning opportunities between Elders, Traditional Knowledge Holders and Red River Métis producers, it is expected that the level of adoption of these practices will increase greatly.

MMF will also receive up to $500,000 under the fourth phase of the Local Food Infrastructure Fund (LFIF). Project activities include purchasing a refrigerated trailer, greenhouses, fruit trees and shrubs for food forests, pollinator gardens and raised garden beds. This project will allow MMF to increase availability of locally grown food for community members. Additional production solutions will serve to enhance the distribution of healthy food across the seven Manitoba Métis Federation regions.

Under the Food Policy for Canada, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) is delivering the Local Food Infrastructure Fund (LFIF), a $70-million, five-year program aimed at supporting community-based, not-for-profit organizations to improve food security by strengthening local food systems and improving access to nutritious food. Since it first launched in August 2019, the Local Food Infrastructure Fund has committed $55.4 million to support 897 food security projects across Canada, such as: community gardens and kitchens; refrigerated trucks and storage units for donated food; greenhouses in remote and Northern communities; and more.

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