We are helping to create jobs in the agriculture and agri-food sector, supporting the Risk Management Program and supporting the ongoing modernization of agri-food
Ontario’s agriculture and agri-food sector is a key part of our province’s prosperous economy, employing more than 800,000 workers.
In 2014, you elected us to build Ontario up. Over the past five years, the Ontario Liberal government has helped create nearly 58,000 new jobs in the agri-food sector. It supports farmers through a timely, predictable and effective Risk Management Program and supports research and innovation in the agri-food sector.
But we are hearing from people that we need to do more. The new Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CP-TPP) will affect Ontario’s agriculture sector. Modern technologies and techniques are needed to keep our agri-food sector competitive and on the cutting edge of research on food safety and animal welfare.
That’s why the Ontario Liberals will support farmers and the agri-food sector by supporting research, creating jobs and protecting global competitiveness. Our plan:
- Renews a 10-year agreement with the University of Guelph that will see $700 million invested in agri-food education, research and innovation
- Reiterates our full and continued support for our supply management system, its producers and its processors
- Calls on the federal government to provide transitional assistance for agriculture businesses and worker affected by the CP-TPP and to support them to seize new opportunities that trade agreements present
- Supports expanded access to international markets for agricultural products while ensuring that a modernized NAFTA does not place any new restrictions on the movement of agricultural goods across North America
- Will continue to find ways to improve the Risk Management Program, including working with the federal government to improve their risk management programs
- Invests $120 million over the next three years in the food and beverage sector, the largest purchasers of farm products
- Will work with wine, cider, spirits and beer producers to develop a new strategy to grow the beverage alcohol sector
- Cuts farm electricity rates in half, through the Fair Hydro Plan
- Helps farmers and agri-food businesses improve energy efficiency and save money, while fighting climate change
- Protects farmland, green spaces and water