ITI Minister Caroline Wawzonek marked Canadian Agriculture Day yesterday by highlighting three key investments made this winter under the federal Canadian Agriculture Partnership.
As we celebrate Agriculture Day this year, the Department of Industry Tourism and Investment is preparing to implement the fourth year of the GNWT’s Agriculture Strategy – The Business of Food- A Food Production Plan.
Since 2017, ITI has supported over 300 initiatives by entrepreneurs, local communities Indigenous governments and organizations across the NWT designed to advance and evolve food production.
The GNWT’s mandate includes a commitment to: Increase economic diversification by supporting growth in non-extractive sectors and setting regional diversification targets – including agriculture.
The Department has invested in planning, training, capacity building, community partnerships and regulatory improvements designed to position the NWT’s commercial agriculture sector to increase its production of fresh, healthy, safe and more-affordable locally grown food choices.
Investments in agriculture will support additional mandate commitments to: Increase food security through locally produced, harvested, and affordable food; and Increase employment in small communities.
Numerous funding programs exist under the Canadian Agriculture Partnership to support a wide variety of projects open to NWT Residents, Businesses, Communities, Governments and Organizations.
These programs include:
Funding for participation in commercial agriculture-oriented courses, training or conferences
Various grants and contributions to support your idea or initiative for increasing food production in the NWT
Funding for research on new crops, production and processing techniques, value-added agri-food products and commercial forest products
Contributions for activities that enhance available agriculture information and environmentally-friendly agriculture
Funding for activities promoting agriculture awareness
Guidance for developing food safety strategies, implementing environmental farm safety systems, training and equipment; and
Marketing support and shipping cost subsidies to help your agriculture business increase its competitiveness; and
Funding for communities to support and promote agriculture programming in their regions
Funding contributions may also be available under ITI’s SEED policy or from its Northern Food Development Program. Keep in mind application deadlines for April 1 projects.
If you are interested in receiving monthly information and updates about funding opportunities, training events and other news about local food production, e-mail Agriculture@gov.nt.ca