Jeff Leal Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs has said that“This pilot reaffirms our government’s commitment to Northern Ontario. We understand that job creation, economic diversification and access to local food are important to Northern Ontario residents. I look forward to working with our partners and Indigenous communities to develop meaningful and tangible solutions that will improve economic outcomes and expand food choices for Ontario’s Northern residents.” where

 David Zimmer Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation has said “This pilot program is an exciting opportunity for Northern Ontario, including Indigenous communities, to grow local economies and increase access to local food. By working together and fostering local innovation we can advance reconciliation and create a better future for everyone in the province.” and

Bill Mauro Minister of Northern Development and Mines said “This investment in the North’s agri-food sector will help grow the economy and create good jobs for people here in Northern Ontario. Supporting growth through economic diversification in the North is an essential step toward making life more affordable and providing greater opportunities and choices in the everyday lives of Northerners.”

Ontario is working to increase access to local food, create jobs and boost economic growth in the North by establishing a livestock farming pilot project.

Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Jeff Leal met with Indigenous partners, local municipalities, livestock organizations and industry today in Timmins to discuss the Northern Livestock Pilot project and kick off consultations with stakeholders and communities on supporting viable agriculture in the North.

The Northern Livestock Pilot project will:

  • Invest in new research to understand the social, environmental and economic aspects of Northern livestock expansion
  • Work to provide a parcel of Crown land to help kick start livestock farming in the region
  • Develop educational and other resources to help those starting a farm in the North.

Supporting growth and competitiveness in Ontario’s agri-food industry is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.