$1 million were allocated to the Greenhouse Renewable Energy Technologies (GRET) initiative for the Ministry of Environment. Testing commercial dehumidification systems, Flowers Canada (Ontario) has partnered with Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG) in this initiative to help reduce energy consumption for greenhouse flower, herb and vegetable growers.
Another $19 million were administered to the Greenhouse Competitiveness and Innovation Initiative (GCII) for the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. According to the release, 26 per cent of FCO members, representing 50 per cent of their production, have accessed funding through this program for projects on automation, energy use, irrigation and other new technologies.
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“These are two very innovative programs that are providing tremendous opportunity to grow the greenhouse sector,” says FCO executive director Andrew Morse. “They’re a great model and we’d love to see expansion of these types of opportunities.”
Growing Forward 2 (GF2) also wrapped up in March. According to the release, close to 400 projects received $33.9 million in total funding through this program in the past five years.
Building on the success of GF2, the AAC is now administering the latest federal-provincial-territorial funding program, known as the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) for organizations and collaborations. Applications will be accepted in 19 different project categories and activities, including applied research, pilots, assessments, planning and market development.
“We want to encourage applications from Ontario organizations and collaborations across the sector to demonstrate that the need for the program is strong,” remarked AAC chair Kelly Duffy.
For producers and other businesses, the administering organization for CAP funding is the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA).