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Provincial Priorities

Priorities for the 43rd Provincial Government

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 for the 43rd provincial government:

  1. Address Supply Chain Challenges and Escalating Costs of Crop Inputs: Fertilizer is a critical component for growing food and to ensure food security in the province we must work towards finding new sources that are economically viable. In light of global supply challenges, our farmers need access to reliable and affordable sources to sustain our food supply.
  2. Increase Risk Management Program Funding by $100 Million: Every dollar invested into the Risk Management Program results in $2.24 in net positive economic return. Raising the RMP by $100 million will not only encourage $224 million in new economic activity, but help our farmers manage risk on-farm, shoring up our domestic food security and ensuring we remain competitive with our US counterparts.
  3. Provide Relief on Carbon Pricing For Grain Drying: With no proven alternative to fuel-fired grain-drying, carbon pricing places undue burden on our province’s farmers and could result in food costs rising even higher. We need a climate action plan that exempts direct costs collected from grain farmers on fuels used for grain drying and refunds indirect costs to allow farmers to invest in their own operation to adapt to the changing climate and find low carbon opportunities.
  4. Accelerate the Use of Grain-Based Renewable Fuels: Increasing the amount of corn ethanol in gasoline and soy renewable diesel in diesel required by the Cleaner Fuels Regulation will not only lower the carbon footprint of transportation fuels but support local economies and create new opportunities for grain farmers.
  5. Invest in the Ridgetown Campus of the University of Guelph: Investment in a world-class centre in Ridgetown, Ontario will mean ideas can be generated to maximize Ontario’s grains and oilseed industry’s role in the Circular Economy, researchers can find ways to contribute to the low carbon economy and adapt to changes in the climate that effect grains and oilseed production and develop innovations to ensure Ontario’s Food Security.
  6. Invest in Grains and Oilseed Processing: Our sector already contributes over $18 billion in economic output and is responsible for over 75,000 jobs in the province. But we can grow our sector even further by investing in grain and oilseed processing industry to generate new value-added opportunities, create new jobs and grow Ontario’s GDP.

Grain Farmers of Ontario’s election priorities have proven results:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Increasing corn ethanol and soy biodiesel content in Ontario’s fuels will support local economy, farmers and lower the carbon footprint of transportation fuels.
  5. Investing in value-added processing will strengthen Ontario’s grain and oilseeds industry, produce jobs and contribute to Ontario’s GDP.

Grain Farmers of Ontario – Candidate Forum 2022

Where do the different Ontario provincial parties stand on agriculture issues and the challenges facing farmers and the agribusiness sector?

Grain Farmers of Ontario (GFO) has teamed up with RealAgriculture to help you understand the commitments the parties are making to farmers ahead of the provincial election. On this YouTube special broadcast, RealAg Radio host Shaun Haney and GFO Chair Brendan Byrne discuss key provincial priorities for the Ontario grain and oilseed sector heading into the 43rd Ontario government. Tune into see how each party is looking to shape grain farming in the next Ontario government.

They’re joined by representatives from each of the main Ontario parties to share their party’s perspective on these key issues and priorities. Participants include:

  • Mike Schreiner, Leader of the Green Party of Ontario, Member of Provincial Parliament for Guelph
  • Bob Gordanier, Liberal Party Candidate for Dufferin-Caledon
  • Andrea Horwath, Leader of the Ontario New Democratic Party, Member of Provincial Parliament for Hamilton Centre
  • John Vanthof, Ontario New Democratic Party Member of Provincial Parliament for Timiskaming-Cochrane
  • Lisa Thompson, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and Progressive Conservative Member of Provincial Parliament Huron-Bruce

Watch the GFO Ontario Election Special 2022:

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