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  • August 15, 2016

Growing Forward 2

Helping You Reach Your Goals

RICHMOND HILL -York Region MPPs Steven Del Duca, Chris Ballard, Michael Chan, Dr. Helena Jazcek, and Reza Moridi are pleased to announce that the provincial and federal governments have invested more than $2.5 million to boost York Region’s local economy and grow Ontario’s Agri-food and agri-products sectors.

Fifty projects in York Region have received funding through Growing Forward 2 — a federal-provincial-territorial initiative that provides funding for programs that improve innovation, competitiveness, market development, adaptability and industry sustainability in Canada’s

agri-food and agri-products sectors.  The 50 projects combined total $2,571,009.73 in funding for the region and are represented in the following communities:

Thornhill: $1,428,099.30         

York- Simcoe: $483,335.05

Richmond Hill: $252,746.06

Newmarket-Aurora: $117,915.06

Oak Ridges-Markham: $132,640.58

Vaughan: $79,219.61

Markham-Unionville: $77,054.01

These investments help achieve the federal government's goal to support the agricultural and agri-food sector in a way that allows it to be a leader in job creation and innovation.

Investing in Ontario’s agri-food sector is part of the provincial government's economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and transit in Ontario's history and is investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.


“The Growing Forward 2 investment is great news for Richmond Hill’s local economy and employment opportunities in the food and beverage processing sector. Not only will this investment improve innovation and competitiveness throughout Canada, it will boost market opportunities in York Region, as well.”

— Reza Moridi, M.P.P., Richmond Hill    

"By making strategic investments in food and beverage processing companies in our local communities, we are strengthening our agri-food sector, creating jobs in our communities and growing Ontario’s economy all at once."
─ Dr. Helena Jaczek, M.P.P., Oak Ridges-Markham

“The investment by both the provincial and federal governments through Growing Forward 2 funding program will provide the agri- food and agri-products sector with the opportunity to grow profits and expand markets within Canada while creating jobs in our community.”

─ Steven Del Duca, M.P.P., Vaughan

"The Growing Forward 2 initiative will allow York Region companies to continue to grow and invest in our communities. Investing in Canada's agri-food and ‎agri-products will add more jobs and sustainability to a growing industry."

─ Chris Ballard, M.P.P., Newmarket-Aurora

“This strategic investment in technology, capacity, and efficiency will help better position our Region’s agri-food industry to expand, innovate, compete and develop new markets and opportunities.  In combination with our government’s mix of programs, resources and services to support business, this sector’s growth will boost our local economy, create jobs and enhance our quality of life.”

— Michael Chan, M.P.P., Markham-Unionville


  • Growing Forward 2 was launched in 2013 and is a five-year commitment by Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial governments to support Canada's agri-food and agri-based products sector.
  • Since 2013, the governments of Canada and Ontario have committed more than $44 million to almost 850 projects for food, beverage and processor businesses through Growing Forward 2 cost-shared funding assistance.


Growing Forward 2 in Ontario

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