OMAFRA Funding: Guide for Ontario Business Owners

This guide for business owners covers current Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) funding programs, including their cost-sharing funding and other types of support for entrepreneurs.
This is our dedicated “hub” page for OMAFRA funding programs. We’ll continuously update this page to reflect changes in programs – so bookmark this page and check back often for updates!

OMAFRA Mandate

Ontario’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) strives to:

  • Support the province’s agri-food sector,
  • Enforce and improve food safety, and
  • Strengthen Ontario’s rural communities.

Through its actions, the ministry supports rural communities and the agri-food sector, which helps to build a high quality of life for all Ontario residents. By working together, we can create a stronger economy in Ontario.

OMAFRA Priorities

OMAFRA’s specific priorities include:

  • Supporting the growth of Ontario’s agri-food sector,
  • Providing business support to farmers,
  • Ensuring sustainability of agriculture,
  • Expanding agriculture in the North, and
  • Fostering vibrant rural economies.

You can learn about OMAFRA’s priorities by reading its latest Published Plans.

Types of Funding and other Support OMAFRA Offers

OMAFRA offers cost-share funding, a collection of free-to-use decision support tools and more.

OMAFRA Funding Programs

OMAFRA offers programs that fall under the following categories:

  • Productivity and competitiveness,
  • Business development and growth (no funding),
  • Research and development, and
  • Risk management programs and services.

Below are links to OMAFRA’s specific programs under each category:

  • Productivity and competitiveness:
  • Business development and growth:
  • OMAFRA has developed Food Safety and Traceability resources and e-learning courses that support the adoption of practices that help the food and beverage sector respond to heightened consumer awareness of food safety.
  • The Grassroots Growth Initiative (GGI) provides funding to initiatives that will support government priorities, such as supporting the growth of Ontario’s agri-food sector, ensuring sustainability of agriculture and fostering vibrant rural economies.
  • Research and development:
  • The Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance (previously the OMAFRA-U of G Partnership) is a collaboration between the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs and the University of Guelph. The Alliance provides funding to support research, training, innovation and outreach for the benefit of Ontario’s agri-food sector.
  • Risk management programs and services:

OMAFRA Contact

OMAFRA Headquarters:

Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
1 Stone Road West
ON N1G 4Y2

General Inquiry: 519-826-3100 (Toll Free: 1-888-466-2372)
Agricultural Information Contact Centre (AICC): 1-877-424-1300
Media Hotline: 519-826-3145
Fax: 519-826-4335


Click here for a list of all OMAFRA offices.

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