Guelph, ON (November 3, 2021) – Beginning at 9 A.M. (ET) on November 15, the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) will be accepting applications under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership) program, a five-year government initiative to strengthen the agriculture, agri-food, and agri-based products sector and increase its competitiveness, prosperity and sustainability. The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) announced the new intake on October 20.
The OSCIA administers Partnership cost-share funding to Ontario producers through the province-wide program. Since 2018, more than $39M in Partnership cost-share funding has been allocated to nearly 3000 eligible Ontario farmers to complete projects in three key priority areas: economic development, environmental stewardship, and protection and assurance.
The application intake window for farmers, and other agribusinesses in the plant supply chain, opens November 15 at 9:00 A.M. (ET) and closes December 6 at 5:00 P.M. (ET). Applications are only accepted during intakes and are assessed using merit assessment criteria specific to each project category. Approved projects will need to be completed, operational and have a claim submitted no later than September 30, 2022. Farmers who may be interested in participating can find updated program details on www.ontarioprogramguides.net.
New this intake is the addition of the Preparedness Against Drought – Livestock Water Infrastructure Improvements project category, which will provide cost-share funding opportunities for farmers to help mitigate livestock drinking water shortages. Eligible projects, including establishing water sources, infrastructure, treatment systems and meters, will receive 30 per cent cost-share funding up to a maximum of $5,000. This announcement is welcome news to many livestock producers, particularly those in Northern Ontario who experienced sustained periods of unusually hot and dry weather in 2021.
A merit component has also been added to help support farmers who have not previously accessed the Partnership cost-share program. Further merit will be awarded to projects that demonstrate supporting economic recovery and growth of Ontario’s agriculture and agri-food sectors in light of persistent pressures associated with the pandemic.
“OSCIA is very pleased to see the next intake for the Partnership program opening up this Fall. The opportunities will support our agriculture and agri-food sectors’ continued success in contributing to Ontario’s economic recovery, as well as increasing the chance for success of farm businesses applying to the program for the first time,” remarked Chad Anderson, President of OSCIA.
To apply for cost-share funding, farmers will need a Farm Business Registration Number (FBRN) or eligible exemption and a Provincial Identification Number (PID). Before applying, some project categories may also require completed planning and assessment activities or participation in a free OSCIA-delivered workshop or webinar, such as an Environmental Farm Plan (EFP).
Earlier this fall, OSCIA announced that it would begin offering in-person workshops again after they were suspended earlier this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To view upcoming in-person workshop dates or find online offerings, visit the OSCIA website.
Information about the Partnership cost-share program, including eligibility criteria, cost-share levels and program deadlines, is available at ontarioprogramguides.net, or farmers can reach out to their local OSCIA Field Staff. Producers can also access videos that provide guidance on navigating the program guide and completing an application on OSCIA’s YouTube channel.
To get up-to-date information on upcoming intakes, join the program’s email list at https://www.ontariosoilcrop.org/mail-list-subscribe/.
For more information contact:
Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association
(519) 826-4214 or 1-800-265-9751.