Canada-Ontario Environmental Farm Plan

A voluntary environmental education and awareness program

OSCIA wishes to ensure the health and safety of all participants and staff. EFFECTIVE MARCH 17, and until further notice, all Environmental Farm Plan, Growing Your Farm Profits and Biosecurity workshops have been suspended.
Visit ontariosoilcrop.org for updates. Online options are still available (e.g., electronic EFP) for those that were looking to update. A workshop leader will be in contact with preregistered participants.

The Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) is an assessment voluntarily prepared by farm families to increase their environmental awareness in up to 23 different areas on their farm. Through the EFP process, farmers highlight their farm’s environmental strengths, identify areas of environmental concern, and set realistic action plans with time tables to improve environmental conditions. The EFP can then be used in conjunction with cost-share programs to begin implementing their action plans.

The idea for Environmental Farm Plans originated from the Ontario farm community. Farmers were involved in every stage of developing the original EFP through the Ontario Farm Environmental Coalition. The program continues to be delivered to the farm community by the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association through funding provided by the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership), a federal- provincial-territorial initiative. The Ontario Farm Environmental Coalition was led by agricultural organizations including: Ontario Federation of AgricultureChristian Farmers Federation of Ontario, and Farm and Food Care Ontario.


There are two ways you can complete your Environmental Farm Plan:


1. In-person, 2-day workshop (recommended)

If you have not previously participated in an EFP workshop, or it has been a long time since you participated, you should attend an in-person EFP workshop.  The in-person EFP workshop offers farmers the opportunity to learn from a knowledgeable OSCIA staff person through instruction to help assess your soils, introduce you to the farm review process, and learn about cost-share funding opportunities. The in-person workshop also offers networking opportunities with fellow farmers.

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2. Electronically

This is a convenient option for farmers looking to update their existing EFP workbook.  This is not a replacement for the in-person 2-day workshop, and farmers who are new to EFP or who have not participated for many years are encouraged to consider the in-person option which provides instruction from OSCIA and networking with fellow farmers.

Electronic EFP

Note: The EFP verification process may take up to 30 days after electronic workbook submission. Please plan accordingly when completing your electronic Environmental Farm Plan

Upcoming EFP Workshops

Please note that EFP and GYFP are two day workshops. For full details, please go to www.ontarioprograms.net, log in and go to ‘Workshops’

If you do not see a workshop in your area, please contact a workshop leader to discuss opportunities.

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February 2020

EFP Workshop – Elginburg (Day 1)1100
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February 27 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Producers are invited to attend FREE (fourth edition) Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) two-day workshops to assess your farm business learn more about on-farm environmental best management practices develop Action Plans and learn more about cost-sharing opportunities.

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EFP Workshop – Cayuga (Day 1)1160
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February 28 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Cayuga Mutual Insurance, 23 King St
Cayuga, Ontario N0A 1E0
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Producers are invited to attend FREE (fourth edition) Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) two-day workshops to assess your farm business learn more about on-farm environmental best management practices develop Action Plans and learn more about cost-sharing opportunities.

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March 2020

EFP Workshop – Mount Forest (Day 1)1112
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March 3 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mount Forest & District Sports Complex, 850 Princess St
Mount Forest, ON Canada
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Producers are invited to attend FREE (fourth edition) Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) two-day workshops to assess your farm business learn more about on-farm environmental best management practices develop Action Plans and learn more about cost-sharing opportunities.

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EFP Workshop – Val Gagne (Day 1)1157
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March 3 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Producers are invited to attend FREE (fourth edition) Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) two-day workshops to assess your farm business learn more about on-farm environmental best management practices develop Action Plans and learn more about cost-sharing opportunities.

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EFP Workshop – Elginburg (Day 2)1100
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March 5 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Producers are invited to attend FREE (fourth edition) Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) two-day workshops to assess your farm business learn more about on-farm environmental best management practices develop Action Plans and learn more about cost-sharing opportunities.

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EFP Workshop – Cayuga (Day 2)1160
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March 6 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Cayuga Mutual Insurance, 23 King St
Cayuga, Ontario N0A 1E0
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Producers are invited to attend FREE (fourth edition) Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) two-day workshops to assess your farm business learn more about on-farm environmental best management practices develop Action Plans and learn more about cost-sharing opportunities.

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EFP Workshop – Mount Forest (Day 2)1112
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March 10 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mount Forest & District Sports Complex, 850 Princess St
Mount Forest, ON Canada
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Producers are invited to attend FREE (fourth edition) Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) two-day workshops to assess your farm business learn more about on-farm environmental best management practices develop Action Plans and learn more about cost-sharing opportunities.

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EFP Workshop – Val Gagne (Day 2)1157 View Day 1

March 10 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Producers are invited to attend FREE (fourth edition) Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) two-day workshops to assess your farm business learn more about on-farm environmental best management practices develop Action Plans and learn more about cost-sharing opportunities.

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EFP Workshop – Val Gagne (Day 2)1157
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March 10 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Producers are invited to attend FREE (fourth edition) Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) two-day workshops to assess your farm business learn more about on-farm environmental best management practices develop Action Plans and learn more about cost-sharing opportunities.

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EFP Workshop (one-day) – Paris (Day 1)1170
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March 12 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Paris Fairgrounds, 139 Silver Street
Paris, Ontario Canada
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Producers are invited to attend FREE (fourth edition) Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) pilot one-day workshop to assess your farm business learn more about on-farm environmental best management practices update your action plan and learn about cost-sharing opportunities. To participate you must be able to provide your Letter of Verification for your Third Edition Workbook or Certificate of Completion for your Fourth Edition Workbook.

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Workshop registration is now completed through the Client Portal at www.ontarioprograms.net. You may access the site as a New Client and register for a workshop. You do not have to apply for cost-share, but if you have already enrolled for cost-share on the portal, you can use your current login to access registration for workshops. If you have questions about workshop registration, please contact the workshop leader in your area.

Follow the links below to learn more about the EFP and find additional resources

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