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Province funding tile drainage, winery projects in the North

$1.5 million will go toward four agriculture initiatives
Thomson Farms in Sault Ste. Marie is receiving funds from the NOHFC to renovate its facility and purchase new equipment.

The province is investing $1.5 million in four agricultural projects in Northern Ontario.

Announced on Feb. 18, the funding is expected to contribute to the creation of jobs, an expansion of businesses, and a boost to economic development in the Sault Ste. Marie area.

“Supporting the growth and prosperity of the agri-food sector and employment in rural communities throughout Northern Ontario is a priority for our government,” said Lisa Thompson, minister of agriculture, food and rural affairs, in a news release.

“These investments build on other actions contributing to the many stories of innovation, growth and success emerging in the Northern Ontario farming and agri-food sector.”

The funding breakdown follows:

  • $683,725 and $429,910 for the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre to complete two tile drainage projects on more than 2,000 acres of farmland in the Algoma and Manitoulin regions. The project will create 14 new jobs and benefit 21 area producers.
  • $360,000 for Lallemand Inc. to establish a specialized bacteria inoculation facility and provide plant care solutions to agribusinesses. This project will create 16 jobs and benefit soybean and pulse producers across Canada.
  • $99,032 for Thomson Fruit Wines to renovate its facility and purchase new equipment to expand its business and offer new products, creating three jobs.

Funding for the projects comes from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund.