Money continues to flow to agricultural and horticultural groups

Petrolia Fall Fair (Photo by Ontario's Blue Coast)

Agricultural and horticultural societies in Ontario is continuing financial support from the Ontario government because of the pandemic.

$1.1 million will be distributed as many groups will be unable to hold their primary revenue-generating fairs and events.

The government will provide up to $5,000 for each eligible agricultural society and up to $1,500 for each eligible horticultural society, equal to their 2019 grants.

In a release, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Lisa Thompson, says they recognize Ontario’s agricultural and horticultural societies play a significant role in communities and the COVID-19 pandemic has continued to have a negative impact on local initiatives.

The funding replaces the current grant program so that agriculture and horticultural societies can receive the grant without having to hold their traditional fair or complete their community projects.

The Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies is a provincial association representing more than 200 agricultural societies across the province.