Soybeans will be at the centre of Ontario’s role in producing greater plant protein, according to some industry officials.

Soybeans the key to Ontario’s plant protein future

Access to funding is a barrier to new processing investment

Reading Time: 5 minutes The burgeoning global market for plant proteins presents a huge opportunity for Ontario soybeans, but new investments in research and local processing will be key to capturing that potential, industry officials say. “We really want to drive towards more branded food products in Canada from the ingredients we produce here… As we get into this, […] Read more

Agriculture gets numerous Ontario budget mentions

Foreign worker community settlement gets funding

Reading Time: 3 minutes Agriculture was one of the few sectors outside of health mentioned in Ontario’s 2020 budget. Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, said the budget predominantly focused on health care as part of its COVID-19 response but also recognized the importance of agriculture. Why it matters: When policy-makers specifically cite agriculture in the […] Read more

Rural internet access has limited economic opportunities on some farms.

Province ups investment in broadband and cellular service

An additional $680 million will be put into rural/northern digital infrastructure

Reading Time: 2 minutes The province is investing $1 billion to remove “Can you hear me now?” from the lexicon of rural and Northern Ontario residents. As part of the Ontario government’s 2020 budget released Nov. 5, an additional $680 million over six yeas was added to the existing $315 million in Up to Speed: Ontario’s Broadband and Cellular […] Read more

Province helps fairs with funding

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Ontario government is expanding eligibility for agriculture societies to apply for funding to help offset the financial losses due to the cancellation of fall fairs, exhibitions and activities during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. About $1 million will be made available to all qualifying agricultural and horticultural societies to help ensure operations. In previous years, […] Read more

Line Fences Act to move to OMAFRA

Reading Time: < 1 minute When the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing announced that it would be scrapping the Line Fences Act in November, it had some in rural Ontario scratching their heads. The Act, which has little application in towns and cities, had helped keep the peace by providing a method of solving fencing disputes between rural properties […] Read more

Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers has historically negotiated vegetable pricing on behalf of producers, but this will no longer continue for carrots and tomatoes.

OPVG calls new marketing regulations a ‘sham’

The organization says the changes will put give more power to processors

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers (OPVG) calls new marketing regulations proposed for tomato and carrot growers a “sham process” that will put the balance of power in the hands of processors. The organization released a statement Dec. 18, the first comments made since Ernie Hardeman, Ontario’s minister of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs announced the […] Read more

Processing tomato and carrot growers will have the option to negotiate directly with processors.

Direct negotiations coming to processing tomatoes and carrots

Growers can also vote to negotiate as a group by secret ballot with individual processors

Reading Time: 2 minutes Ontario is opening up the processing tomato and carrot market to direct negotiations with processors, but is also leaving open the possibility of collective negotiation with individual processors. Ernie Hardeman, Ontario’s minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs released a letter Dec. 11 informing growers of the decision. Why it matters: The decision will reduce […] Read more

Fence disputes have been managed by provincial guidelines, but that responsibility could soon fall to municipalities.

Fence disputes to fall to municipalities to resolve

The Line Fences Act has provided a province-wide system for fence dispute resolution

Reading Time: 2 minutes The provincial government is eliminating the Line Fences Act, which has kept the peace relating to property border fences in rural Ontario for generations. The act will be eliminated in two years if Bill 132, a large piece of legislation designed to reduce government regulation across 15 ministries – called an omnibus bill – passes. […] Read more

Premier Doug Ford announced $315 million in funding for high speed internet improvements.

Province makes internet investment promise official

Conservatives commit to improve rural internet and cellular phone service

Reading Time: 2 minutes The Ontario government is investing $315 million over five years to expand internet access and cell phone service to more rural and remote families in the province. Premier Doug Ford made the announcement July 23 in Lucan, with several cabinet ministers in attendance. “Twelve per cent of communities don’t have cell signal or high speed […] Read more

Enforcement of animal welfare regulations in Ontario is given to an organization separate from the government.

Ontario government appealing animal welfare enforcement ruling

The ruling gave the government a year to create greater transparency around animal welfare enforcement

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Ontario government is appealing the court ruling that give it a year to sort out a way to make animal welfare enforcement in Ontario more accountable. The Jan. 2, 2019 ruling from Ontario Superior Court Justice Timothy Minnema, said that the powers given to the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals […] Read more