Huron Bruce MPP announces local agricultural grants

Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson at the MP/MPP Local Politician Forum in Clinton in 2019. (photo by Bob Montgomery)

Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson says over $1.1 million in new grants will support local farmers, the agricultural sector, as well as new rural projects.

The MPP announced $850,000 in funding as part of the provincial government’s almost $8 million in in cost-share funding through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership for 78 projects in Huron-Bruce.

Projects include improving food safety systems, improved biosecurity measures, planting over-wintering cover crops and preventing pest damage at greenhouse operations;

Thompson has also announced more than $250,000 in new local funding under the Rural Economic Development Program (RED).

Recipients include Huron-Kinloss Township ($128,750) for a business incubator project; The County of Huron (two projects totaling $58,263) for business retention and expansion as well as updating the Western Ontario Warden’s Caucus resource website; The County of Bruce ($34,000) for skills training and development; the Paddy Walker Heritage Society ($27,677) for remediation and renovation of the Walker House in Kincardine; and the Huron Manufacturing Association ($5,650) for a youth attraction and retention program.

“The Rural Economic Development Program plays a key role in helping fund important projects that might not get started without the support,” Thompson said. “I am glad to see that the program is so well received and supported in Huron-Bruce.”

The RED intake is directed at not-for-profit organizations with a mandate towards regional economic development and qualified projects would be eligible for up to 70 per cent of total costs to a maximum of $75,000 in provincial funding.

“I am proud to see such great support for local farmers and agriculture,” she said, noting the grants will improve the competitiveness of the agri-food sector and secure it for long-term sustainability. Through the Partnership, these initiatives will support improvements in areas such as enhanced traceability systems, upgraded animal-handling equipment, and strengthened biosecurity measures.