OFA and provincial government cite growth as priority (2014)

GUELPH, ON [July 4, 2014]– Ontario’s agri-food sector received a significant nod in the Liberal government’s Speech from the Throne. The Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) is encouraged by the government’s aggressive plans for growth, and is confident that the agri-food sector will continue to be an important economic driver for the province.  

For several months, and throughout the election, OFA focused on the opportunities our sector delivers with its “Growing Ontario” theme. “It’s great to see the government’s growth agenda align with a number of OFA’s priorities for growing the economy with food, fibre and jobs,” says Mark Wales, OFA president.  “We look forward to working with government and key decision makers to push our shared agenda forward.”

The Speech from the Throne cited economic growth and the creation of good jobs in every region of the province as top priorities. Ontario’s entire agri-food industry looks forward to investment in agri-skills training to provide graduates to fill the abundant employment opportunities in the sector. The OFA welcomes the government’s focus on infrastructure with a $130 billion commitment over the next ten years, specifically the investment in natural gas infrastructure expansion across rural Ontario.

The OFA was also pleased health care was included in the speech, with a focus on community wellness. Access to advanced medical treatment, equal to facilities available in urban centres, is essential in rural Ontario. And OFA agrees with the government, school nutrition and physical education are important preventative measures. And so is food literacy, or knowing how to prepare healthy meals and snacks, something OFA will be working with the government to bring back into the school systems as an investment in Ontarians’ health.

The Ontario Federation of Agriculture is the largest general farm organization in Ontario. As a dynamic farmer-led organization based in Guelph, the OFA works to represent and champion the interests of Ontario farmers through government relations, farm policy recommendations, lobby efforts, community representation, media relations and more. OFA is the leading advocate for Ontario’s farmers and is Ontario’s voice of the farmer.

For more information contact:

Mark Wales    
Ontario Federation of Agriculture     

Neil Currie
General Manager
Ontario Federation of Agriculture


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