Agri-Food Businesses in Mississauga Receive Boost in Addressing Labour Challenges

Published on April 18, 2020

The governments of Canada and Ontario are investing up to $1 million in new funding to connect workers with in-demand jobs in the agri-food sector to keep the nation’s supply chains strong and store shelves stocked during the COVID-19 pandemic.

MISSISSAUGA — Today, Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP for Mississauga-Lakeshore, welcomed a recent announcement by Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, to provide support through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership to help people connect with job opportunities in the sector quickly.

This program will help primary agriculture, food processing companies and grocery retail to recruit and train workers who are important to keeping the essential food supply chain functioning.

“I'm very proud of this investment, which will help our local agri-food businesses in Mississauga-Lakeshore address some of the challenges they're facing due to COVID-19,” said Cuzzetto. “It's more important than ever to support Ontario agriculture, to ensure that an abundance of fresh and healthy local food remains available in our grocery stores throughout this crisis.”

“This is a very labour-intensive sector. So, it is critical to attract more people to ensure our food supply chain continues to provide healthy and nutritious food to Ontario families during this COVID-19 outbreak,” said the Honourable Ernie Hardeman, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “Our government is doing everything possible to ensure we support our farmers and food processors to fill job vacancies, including the development of a new web portal connecting workers with employers.”

Through the Partnership’s Place to Grow: Agri-Food Innovation Initiative, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) will immediately accept applications and will expedite the approval process to help address sector labour concerns quickly.

Since June 2018, both the federal and provincial governments have committed support to approximately 2,500 projects, through the Partnership, to help eligible Ontario farmers, processors, businesses and sector organizations innovate and grow.

 

Quick Facts

  • This targeted intake will begin accepting applications on April 17, 2020. Eligible applications will be received and assessed on a continuous basis, while funding is available.
  • For more information about this targeted application intake or to obtain a program guidebook, email: agpartnership@ontario.ca or call: 1-877-424-1300.
  • This programming follows Ontario’s recent establishment of an online portal to help link agri-food sector employers with people interested in being a part of government’s response to COVID-19.
  • OMAFRA delivers cost-share funding under the Place to Grow program.
  • The Ontario agri-food sector supports more than 837,000 jobs in Ontario and contributes more than $47.5 billion each year to the province’s economy.

 

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Contact

Office of Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP
Mississauga-Lakeshore
(905) 274-8228