Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli has announced provincial funding to the tune of $10,500 for five local Agricultural and Horticultural societies in Nipissing.
This funding will enable agricultural and horticultural societies to offset membership losses and revenue so they can continue to meet their immediate financial needs and work toward planning future events within health and safety guidelines.
“We recognize agricultural and horticultural societies play an important role in Nipissing and the COVID-19 pandemic has continued to have a negative impact on their local initiatives,” said Vic Fedeli in a release.
“Our government is acting now to safeguard future local projects and events.”
Local recipients include:
- $3,377.37 for the Powassan Agricultural Society
- $3,000.00 Trout Creek Agricultural Society
- $2,124.58 Bonfield Agricultural Society
- $1,000.00 Callander Horticultural Society
- $1,000.00 North Bay Horticultural Society
The pandemic continues to place financial pressures on agricultural and horticultural societies across the province, as many will be unable to hold their primary revenue-generating fairs and events again this year.
Fedeli notes that his funding is part of the province's $1.1 million of additional funding to offer continued support for the province’s agricultural and horticultural societies impacted by COVID-19.
This funding follows the January 2021 investment of $5 million to help support agricultural and horticultural societies impacted by cancelled events in 2020.
The previous grant program required agricultural and horticultural societies to operate their fairs, events, and activities in order to qualify for funding. Now, this automatic one-time payment replaces the 2021 grant so that agriculture and horticultural societies can receive the grant without having to hold their traditional fair or complete their community projects.
Supporting our rich agri-food industry – a $47 billion industry in Ontario – is an important element in Ontario’s economic recovery. Funding agricultural and horticultural societies at this critical time is one piece of a puzzle to sustaining and growing the agri-food industry as the province recovers from the impacts of COVID-19.