• Stephen Lecce, MPP

Ontario Supporting Competitiveness in the Greenhouse Sector

January 27, 2021

The Ontario government is supporting greenhouse growers by investing over $3.6 million in 12 innovative projects to help develop new technologies, recover from the impacts of COVID-19 and enhance competitiveness and innovation. Funding is being provided through the Greenhouse Competitiveness and Innovation Initiative (GCII). Rick Nicholls, Member of Provincial Parliament for Chatham-Kent-Leamington, on behalf of Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, made the announcement today. "During these exceptional times, Ontario's greenhouse operations have played a critical role in making sure families across the province can continue to put food on their tables all year long," said Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. "That's why we are investing in projects that will help greenhouse businesses improve productivity and adopt new technologies to address labour challenges and better position greenhouses to recover from COVID-19 faster." "Ontario is rapidly expanding, and so will our need for fresh local produce," said Rick Nicholls the MPP for Chatham-Kent-Leamington. "This funding to expand, support, and innovate our greenhouses in Ontario will benefit everyone in the long run," said Rick Nicholls, Member of Provincial Parliament for Chatham-Kent-Leamington. Projects are designed to focus on key areas, identified by the sector, to help drive greater industry innovation, resilience and economic growth, they include:

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