Provincial Election 2022
The Ontario grain and oilseed sector is a foundational sector to Ontario’s innovative agri-food industry and its post-pandemic economic recovery. Here are Grain Farmers of Ontario’s priorities going into the provincial election:
- Increase the Risk Management Program funding by $100 million to ensure Ontario grain farmers remain competitive with our U.S. counterparts and are given fair opportunities to manage risk.
- Make key investments in Ridgetown Campus, the Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance Fund and the prioritization by the Agriculture Research Institute of Ontario of grains and oilseeds to advance Ontario as a global sustainability leader.
- Champion relief for grain farmers by removing carbon pricing on grain drying. Support grain farmers to continue their work as leaders and advocates in sustainability.
- Accelerate access to corn ethanol in gasoline and soy biodiesel in diesel required by the Cleaner Transportation Fuels Regulation to give grain farmers in Ontario the leading edge.
- Help play a significant role in Ontario’s grain and oilseed value-added processing industry.
Grain Farmers of Ontario’s election priorities have proven results:
- Raising RMP by $100 million will encourage $224 million in new economic activity. Every $1 invested into RMP results in $2.24 in net positive economic return. This will enable farmers to manage risk on-farm and compete with their U.S. counterparts, resulting in stronger global competitiveness, domestic food security, market access and innovative capacity.
- Investing in a world-class research facility at Ridgetown Campus will enhance the work opportunities of close to 900,00 people within the agricultural industry, employ 90 academics yearly, boost economic activity in 15 local communities and propel Ontario as a trailblazer in sustainable agriculture research.
- Relief on carbon pricing: Exempt the direct costs collected from grain farmers on fuels used for grain drying and formulate a climate action plan for Ontario that incorporates the return of carbon price collected indirectly from Ontario’s grain farmers on inputs and services necessary for grain farming. Once refunded these funds will allow farmers to invest in their own operation to adapt to the changing climate and find low carbon opportunities. Farmers are in tune with what their land needs. Grain farmers have demonstrated their commitment to sustainability initiatives to mitigate the effects of climate change. Providing this relief to grain farmers allows for more investment toward proven on-farm climate smart practices.
- Increasing corn ethanol and soy biodiesel content in Ontario’s fuels will support local economy, farmers and lower the carbon footprint of transportation fuels.
- Investing in value-added processing will strengthen Ontario’s grain and oilseeds industry, produce jobs and contribute to Ontario’s GDP.
Election priorities responses
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