• Stephen Lecce, MPP

Ontario Government Supporting Agricultural and Horticultural Societies

July 13, 2021

KINCARDINE – The Ontario government is providing $1.1 million in additional funding to offer continued support for the province’s agricultural and horticultural societies impacted by COVID-19. The pandemic continues to place financial pressures on agricultural and horticultural societies across the province as many will be unable to hold their primary revenue-generating fairs and events again this year. ​ The government will provide up to $5,000 for each eligible agricultural society and up to $1,500 for each eligible horticultural society, equal to their 2019 grants. This is the latest investment from the provincial government to strengthen Ontario’s agri-food sector, ensuring sustainability of agriculture and fostering vibrant rural economies. This latest funding follows the January 2021 investment of $5 million to help support agricultural and horticultural societies impacted by cancelled events in 2020. “We recognize Ontario’s agricultural and horticultural societies play a significant role in our communities throughout the province and the COVID-19 pandemic has continued to have a negative impact on their local initiatives,” said Lisa Thompson, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “That financial impact continues to hurt these local organizations and while Ontario is in the midst of a safe reopening plan, our government is acting now to safeguard future projects and events.” The funding will enable agricultural and horticultural societies to offset membership losses and revenue so they can continue to meet their immediate financial needs and work towards planning future events within health and safety guidelines. The current grant program requires agricultural and ho