Ontario Rural Economic Development Programs

Ontario Rural Economic Development Programs
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Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs

Programs and Resources

  • Animal Health and Welfare
  • Broader Public Sector Investment Fund: Promoting Ontario Food
  • Building Stronger Rural Communities
  • Chief Veterinarian for Ontario
  • Effective Organizations
  • Environment Funding Programs
  • Farm Business Registration Program
  • Farm Property Class Tax Rate Program
  • Food Companies Funding Programs and Support
  • Food Safety Programs
  • Growing Forward
  • News Releases
  • Ontario Market Investment Fund
  • Pick Ontario Freshness
  • Programs and Services for Ontario Farmers Factsheet (PDF Version)
  • Retail Sales Tax
  • Rural Connections Broadband Program
  • Statistics
  • University of Guelph Partnership with OMAFRA



Rural Economic Development (RED) Program

Funding institution: Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA). The Rural Economic Development program (RED) provides up to 50% funding support to projects in the food processing sector, community revitalization, and skills training, with a focus on job creation in rural Ontario.

Business Retention and Expansion (BR+E)

Funding institution: Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA). Your business can participate in and benefit from this community-based, volunteer-driven, economic development program that works to encourage the growth and stability of local business.


Agricultural Adaptation Council


The Agricultural Adaptation Council (AAC) is a non-profit coalition of 66 Ontario agricultural, agri-food and rural organizations. The diverse membership of the AAC represents the agriculture and agri-food industry both regionally and by sector. The AAC was established by leaders from the agriculture and agri-food sector in 1995 to allocate federal and provincial government funding to support new and innovative projects to benefit the sector.

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