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Growing Forward 2 (GF2) is a federal-provincial-territorial program aimed at encouraging innovation, competitiveness and market development in Canada’s agri-food and agri-products sector. In Ontario, farm, food and bioproduct businesses, collaborations and organizations can build their own plan and select opportunities to help grow their profits, expand their markets and manage risks

Important Dates:
Capacity Building Funding Assistance – ongoing intake from all eligible clients

Implementation Funding Assistance intakes for producers
•    December 16, 2013 to January 30, 2014
•    April 1, 2014 to May 1, 2014
•    August 4, 2014 to August 28, 2014
•    November 10, 2014 to December 11, 2014

Implementation Funding Assistance intakes for processors
•    December 16, 2013 to January 30, 2014
•    February 3, 2014 to May 1, 2014
•    May 5, 2014 to August 28, 2014
•    September 1, 2014 to December 11, 2014

Implementation Funding Assistance intakes for organizations and collaborations
•    December 12, 2013 to January 31, 2014
•    January 31, 2014 to March 13, 2014
•    March 14, 2014 to April 1, 2014
•    April 2, 2014 to June 3, 2014
•    June 4, 2014 to August 28, 2014
•    August 29, 2014 to October 16, 2014
•    October 17, 2014 to December 11, 2014

Areas of Focus for GF2 Funding Assistance
Producers, organizations and collaborations can apply for funding assistance in six focus areas, with an emphasis on innovation:
•    Environmental and Climate Change
•    Assurance Systems (Food Safety, Traceability and Animal Welfare)
•    Market Development
•    Animal and Plant Health
•    Labour Productivity Enhancement
•    Business and Leadership Development

Capacity Building Funding Assistance
Cost-share is available to support eligible clients to acquire additional skills, to undertake in-depth assessments and audits, and to develop business plans.

Building capacity helps prepare clients to apply for further cost-share to implement a project.  Applications for capacity building funding assistance will be accepted on a continuous basis.

Some examples of Capacity Building activities are:
•    Cost-share fees for qualified consultants (e.g. Professional Engineer) to conduct an assessment.
•    Produce a written report and plan that provides recommendations for implementing improved irrigation and fertigation management BMP’s (e.g. field and greenhouse operations).
•    Energy Use Assessment for existing farm buildings that will reduce the dependency on power and fossil fuels and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
•    Prevention plan for Wildlife Damage – help reduce crop, livestock or property damage caused by managed wildlife species.
•    Market Assessment, Marketing Plan, Communication Material Design.
•    Integrated Pest Management Planning.
•    Cost of Production Assessment.
•    Succession Plans, Expansion Plans, Human Resources Plan, Business Plan.

Implementation Funding Assistance
Clients may be eligible for cost-share for projects that help to achieve their business goals.  Applications for project implementation will be reviewed and assessed based on merit. Having a detailed business and/or workplan, budget and applicable permits and approvals in place prior to submitting an application will increase your success in securing cost-share.

Individual farm businesses may be eligible to receive up to $350,000 over the five-year program (April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2018)

Producers are strongly encouraged to attend a free capacity building workshop such as the Canada-Ontario Environmental Farm Plan (New 4th edition) and Growing Your Farm Profits workshop.

Please visit the GF2 website at: www.ontario.ca/growingforward2

You can access a full listing of programs and services for Ontario farmers
•    on the website at www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/busdev/facts/progserv.htm or
•    by calling the Agricultural Information Contact Centre at 1.877.424.1300 and requesting a hard copy of the factsheet ‘Programs and Services for Ontario Farmers’.

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The Ontario agricultural industry is encouraged to apply to the AMI’s Business Management Speaker and Event Funding.  Any registered organization, agency, association, community group, institution, university, college, group located in Ontario may apply for a maximum of $5,000 to cover the costs associated with organizing or bringing a business management speaker to an Ontario event.  This funding is open to agrifood and agriproducts businesses including a focus on farm businesses.

Event Objectives:
In order to be considered for the Business Management Event and Speaker funding, the event should be geared towards the Ontario agricultural industry and must contribute to one or more of the following objectives:

•Demonstrate the benefits of business management and planning: marketing, business plan creation and improvement, cost of production;
•Address business management gaps and opportunities using business advisors: multidisciplinary training, interpersonal development, awareness and utilisation of advisors;
•Foster the development of producers working cooperatively, sharing beneficial business management practices and innovations through business to business collaboration in the context of building value chains: business to business group development, business clubs or advisory groups, benchmarking, food and agriproduct chain collaboration and innovation;
•Encourage business operators to begin or continue to develop a succession plan for their business: farm or business transfers, relationship building, advisor utilisation;
•Support the use and/or development of applicable business management information, products, services, resources or training for new entrants that enhance decisions making and farm profitability: tools for starting a business, programs and training.
•Develop skills and tools to better manage a team through human resource management: leading business improvement, time management, employee management resources

Contact

Agricultural Management Institute logo

Agricultural Management Institute logo

Agricultural Management Institute
200-120 Research Lane
Guelph, Ontario
N1G 0B4
Phone: 519-822-6618
Fax: 519-821-7361
ami@takeanewapproach.ca

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Did you know?

You may be eligible for new or improved tax relief measures and services when filing your 2013 income tax and benefit return.

Important facts

First-time donor’s super credit – This new credit for first-time donors gives an extra 25% credit for cash donations when you claim your charitable donations tax credit. This means you can get a 40% federal credit for up to $200 in donations and a 54% credit for the part of donations that is over $200 but not more than $1,000. This is in addition to the provincial credit. For more information, go to www.cra.gc.ca/fdsc.

Family caregiver amount – If you have a dependant with an impairment in physical or mental functions, the additional amount you may be able to claim has increased to $2,040 when calculating certain non-refundable tax credits. For more information, go to http://www.cra.gc.ca/familycaregiver.

Pooled registered pension plan (PRPP) – The PRPP is a new retirement savings option for individuals, including those who are self-employed. For more information, go to www.cra.gc.ca/prpp.

Adoption expenses – The period to claim adoption expenses has been extended for adoptions finalized in 2013 and later years.
Investment tax credit – Eligibility for the mineral exploration tax credit has been extended to flow?through share agreements entered into before April 1, 2014.

Tax-free savings account (TFSA) – The annual TFSA dollar limit increased to $5,500 on January 1, 2013, for the 2013 contribution year, and remains at that amount for the 2014 contribution year.

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Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to help employers create summer job opportunities for students. It is designed to focus on local priorities, while helping both students and their communities.

 

Canada Summer Jobs:
• provides work experiences for students;
• supports organizations, including those that provide important community services; and
• recognizes that local circumstances, community needs and priorities vary widely.

 

Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees to create summer job opportunities for young people aged 15 to 30 years who are full-time students intending to return to their studies in the next school year.

 

Wage Subsidy
Not-for-profit employers are eligible for up to 100% of the provincial/territorial adult minimum hourly wage. Public and private-sector employers are eligible for up to 50% of the provincial/territorial adult minimum hourly wage. Refer to your provincial or territorial legislation to confirm the minimum wage.
An employer may choose to pay more than the minimum wage; however, the percentage reimbursed through CSJ will apply only to the applicable provincial/territorial adult minimum wage rate. For example, if a private-sector employer pays a student $10.00 per hour in a province where the adult minimum wage is $8.50, the subsidy that will be provided through CSJ will be 50% of the minimum wage, i.e. $4.25.

 

Eligible Student Participants
To be eligible to participate in the CSJ initiative, individuals must:
• be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment;
• have been registered as full-time students in the previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full- time basis in the next academic year;
• be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act3; and,
• be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations.

 

For more information on the Canada Summer Jobs wage subsidy, please visit the Service Canada website.

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Brought to you by OMAF and MRA

Would you like to learn more about programs and resources in agricultural business, risk management, and innovation, including Growing Forward 2?  Are you interested in exploring the potential and pitfalls of various crop alternatives for your farm?

•    Sure you can grow these things, but is there a market and do you want to be in it? Are you looking for alternative crop opportunities to diversify your operation? Talk to the specialists with expertise in specialty crops, vegetables, fruit, tree nuts, industrial crops, irrigation, and more.
•    What programs are you eligible for and how do you access them? Is there support under Growing Forward 2 to help area farm businesses with innovation or transition?  Business specialists with OMAF and MRA – those who know the programs inside and out – will be on hand to steer you through.

Drop in on Wednesday, January 22 to talk one-on-one with OMAF and MRA business and crop specialists.  Browse our displays, resources, and online tools.  The Crop and Business Showcase will be at the Roma Club in Leamington from 9 to 11 am and at the Countryview Golf Course near Chatham from 2 – 4 pm.
The event is open to all interested growers.  Drop in during showcase hours to browse the displays and talk to OMAF and MRA specialists.  There is no charge and no pre-registration is required.

Date: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 (drop in anytime during Showcase hours)
9:00 – 11:00 am
Roma Club
19 Seacliff Dr. E, Leamington
or
2:00 – 4:00 pm
Countryview Golf Course
25393 St. Clair Rd. (Hwy 40), between Chatham and Wallaceburg

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