Agri-Food ‘Open for E-Business’ program put on pause

Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson confirmed that the Agri-Food ‘Open for E-Business’ program has been very popular.  It is currently over subscribed, and as a result, the government has paused the program as of 2:30 May 25th.
“The program has been popular with Ontario’s Agri-food sector,” Thompson said, “but too much success has resulted in the ministry having to hit the pauses bottom in accepting more applications at this time, while the current intake of applications are reviewed on a first come, first served basis.”
“If funding is still available following the review, the ministry will re-open the program for additional applications,” added Thompson.

The Agri-Food ‘Open for E-Business Targeted Intake’ was well received with the Governments of Canada and Ontario supporting the agriculture, agri-food and agri-products sectors to capture online e-business opportunities to help create new, expanded or enhanced markets and open new retail channels to help generate new revenue streams for future growth.

The Agri-Food ‘Open for E-Business’ targeted intake was designed to increase online sales in the sector and provide consumers with access to more local food.

This targeted application intake features two funding streams:

  1. Bring Your Business Online: Provided a grant of up to $5,000 to eligible organizations/businesses to help establish an online presence.
  2. Develop Online Business Opportunities: Provided cost-share funding for up to 90 per cent of eligible costs to a maximum of $75,000 to develop e-business opportunities on a larger scale.

Eligible agriculture, agri-food and agri-products businesses/organizations (such as farmers, processors, individual farmers markets, on-farm markets, retailers, garden centres, greenhouses, nurseries and agricultural associations) that are looking to bring their business online quickly could apply to receive a grant of up to $5,000 in order to capture business opportunities and address marketing challenges through a new, expanded or enhanced online e-business and marketing presence.  Funding under this stream was to be quick and responsive for those needing immediate solutions.