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Agri-food pavilion gets fair funds

This will be the 17th year for the Northern Ontario Agri-food Pavilion at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto.
Marc Serré (centre left) made the announcement in Warren on Oct. 27, surrounded by local agri-food producers. (Marc Serré photo)

The federal government is providing $488,901 to establish the 17th annual Northern Ontario Agri-food Pavilion at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto.

The 7,000-square-foot pavilion will assist more than 50 Northern Ontario businesses to showcase their products and services to the more than 320,000 people expected to visit the fair this year. The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair takes place from Nov. 3 to 12, 2017, at the Enercare Centre in Toronto.

“We are excited to lead this important initiative to help Northern Ontario businesses increase sales and expand their reach by gaining access to southern Ontario and international markets,” said Claude Bouffard, board chair with the Economic Partners Sudbury East-West Nipissing, in a release.

“Our region has a wealth of competitive agriculture, agri-food and equine businesses and economic partners is proud to help build consumer awareness and create commercial opportunities for their products and services.”

The funding comes from FedNor’s Northern Ontario Development Program.

"Establishing a strong presence at the Royal Winter Fair creates a world of opportunities for Northern Ontario businesses by shining the international spotlight on some of the very best our region has to offer,” said Nickel Belt MP Marc Serré in the release.

“This investment will help more than 50 Northern Ontario small and medium-sized businesses increase sales and grow their operations by showcasing their products and services to consumers, industry representatives and potential investors from around the globe." 

Economic Partners Sudbury East - West Nipissing is one of 24 Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs) funded by FedNor to serve Northern Ontario businesses and communities. CFDCs are community-based, not-for-profit organizations run by volunteer boards and staffed by experienced business and economic development professionals.