Local Farmers can expect to see some additional funding coming from the provincial government.
The Ontario government has committed to immediate financial assistance for local farmers impacted by this year's drought. In a statement released on August 10, 2021, by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, the Ontario government is committed to providing more financial support through the AgriRecovery program, specifically, up to $5 million in funding for the 40 per cent provincial cost share.
"After hearing from a number of farmers in the Rainy River District, my team and I worked diligently with Minister Thompson to find some immediate assistance to help those affected by these severe drought conditions. Across Northwestern the Agriculture sector is an important factor to us all supplying not only local needs but exports outside our region" said MPP Greg Rickford
The AgriRecovery program is a cost-share initiative designed to help farmers cover extra costs resulting from the current feed shortages and severe drought conditions currently in Ontario.
Funding comes as an addition to the $2 million for the Northern Livestock Emergency Assistance Initiative that was announced on July 27, 2021, by the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Lisa Thompson. This initiative was an interim measure while the provincial and federal governments worked together to develop this longer-term AgriRecovery response.
The federal government announced $100 million for the AgriRecovery program across drought areas in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario.
The Ontario government is calling on the federal government to include in the AgriRecovery program other costs related to feed, transportation costs, equipment costs, and more. Costs associated are estimated at approximately $200 per head for cattle.
The federal government has also approved Ontario’s request to increase the AgriStability interim payment to 75 per cent in the drought-impacted areas.
“Many Ontario farmers in the northwest, as well as farmers across the Prairies, have been hit hard by drought conditions and these severe dry weather conditions pose a significant threat to the livestock sector in Northwestern Ontario,” said Minister Thompson.
“The agri-food sector supported Ontario during the pandemic by keeping grocery store shelves full. Now they need help, and our province is ready to step up to get them through hard times. That’s why we are moving forward with the immediate launch of our portion of the national AgriRecovery response along with our neighbors in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba so that our farmers can get the longer-term support they need – now” continued Minister Thompson.