Growing Forward 2 (GF2) is a five-year federal-provincial-territorial initiative designed to encourage innovation, competitiveness and market development in Canada’s agri-food and agri-products sector through cost-share funding opportunities.

Changes to GF2

The following changes have been made to the GF2 program, effective March 9th, 2017 (see Program Guide for full details):

  • There is no limit to the number of active applications a farm business may have open at any given time.
  • Producers may submit up to two applications per application intake to any of the project categories.
  • Project category A.3 Land Application of Manure is now available across Ontario with a maximum available cost-share of $10,000 per project. The priority geographies previously in place have been removed for this category.
  • The maximum available cost-share per project has been increased for the following project categories:
    • A.0.2 – Environmental planning – $10,000
    • A.5 Cover Crops – $10,000 for an eligible acreage of up to 200 acres
    • A.11 – Actions for biodiversity/habitat enhancements – $25,000
  • Under the Environment and Climate Change Adaptation focus area, there are four new project categories addressing greenhouse gas reduction:
    • A.13 Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from indoor agriculture facilities
    • A.14 Reducing greenhouse gas emissions through geothermal heating and cooling
    • A.15 Reducing greenhouse gas emissions through on-farm energy efficiency and energy conservation measures
    • A.16 Reducing greenhouse gas emissions and benefiting soil health and water quality, through equipment modifications
  • A new tool to assist producers in calculating potential reductions in greenhouse gas emissions is available –GO-CALC – The Greenhouse Gas Ontario Covered Agriculture Calculator
  • GO-CALC is available on the GF2 Resources page
  • FAQs for Greenhouse Gas BMPs

Important Dates

Intake Intake Window Claim Deadline
 Intake 1-3  Closed  March 31, 2017
 Multi-Year Projects  All Intakes  March 31, 2017
 Intake 1  February 3 – February 23, 2017  November 30, 2017
 Intake 2  April 4 – April 18, 2017  January 15, 2018*
 Intake 3  May 12 – June 1, 2017  January 15, 2018*
 No Multi-Year Applications

*GF2 projects must be completed by December 15, 2017 with all claims (including all required paid invoices and proofs of payment) submitted by January 15, 2018.

Webinars – How to complete an application

Participate in an information webinar to learn about the Growing Forward 2 Funding Assistance for Producers Program.
These webinars will provide an opportunity to learn about completing an online application using the GF2 Client Portal. Whether you wish to apply online or in person, these sessions will help provide guidance to ensure your application is complete.
To participate in a webinar, you need an internet connection as well as a telephone line. You must register for webinars as there are a limited number of participants per session.
If you have any questions, please contact

Workshop Leader – Robin Brown

May 15th, 7:00 pm ENGLISH

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Workshop Leader – Michel Champagne

May 16th, 7:00 pm FRENCH

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Need an Extension?

For claim deadlines associated with the first and second intakes of the 2016/2017 program year, if for any reason you are unable to make your claim deadline, please contact or 1.800.265.9751 to request an extension.

Extensions for the first and second intakes of the 2016/2017 program year may be granted up to March 31 of the given program year.


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