Indigenous Agri-Food Funders Forum

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs invites you to join two free Indigenous Agi-Food Funder’s Forum Webinars

The forum will provide information on programs that encourage economic development in the agriculture sector and addresses Indigenous food security by linking Indigenous agri-food interests with suitable funders.

Indigenous clients, communities, non-profits and private sectors are welcome to join.

Webinar Day 1 – May 26  from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

You can register for the webinar here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcsceCqrT8sEtFXZYBy3bgnR1EysTI66KGs

Slido will be available to post questions. Please feel free to input your questions during this event at the following location:

https://app.sli.do/event/xu0hop8o

May 26, 2021
TimeProgram SummaryFunding Organization
10:00 AMIntroductions and territorial acknowledgement.Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)
10:10 AMThe Indigenous Economic Development Fund (IEDF) provides grants and financing to Indigenous entrepreneurs, businesses, communities and organizations. The fund helps promote economic development and improve opportunities for Indigenous people. https://www.ontario.ca/page/funding-indigenous-economic-developmentOntario Ministry of Indigenous Affairs (OMIA)
10:30 AMAboriginal Business Start-up and Expansion Program (ABSEP) Farm and Agriculture Financing – Beginner Farmer Program http://indianag.on.ca/programs-and-services/Indian Agricultural Program of Ontario (IAPO)
11:00AMAboriginal Business and Entrepreneurship Development. ISC administers numerous funding programs in the areas of health, education, emergency management, infrastructure, lands, economic development and social supports. Many of these programs may fund agri-food and food security programs.Indigenous Services Canada (ISC)
11:30 AMIndigenous Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative supports Indigenous communities and entrepreneurs who are ready to launch agriculture and food systems projects and others who want to build their capacity to participate in the Canadian agriculture and agri-food sector. https://www.agr.gc.ca/eng/agricultural-programs-and-services/indigenous-agriculture-and-food-systems-initiative/?id=1542835055742Agriculture and Agri-food Canada (AAFC)
12:00 PMLunch
1:00 PMWelcome back
1:05 PMFedNor Programs that support projects that lead to job creation and economic growth and can fund agri-food projects. http://fednor.gc.ca/eic/site/fednor-fednor.nsf/eng/homeFedNor Canada
1:30 PMSustainable New Agri-Food Products & Productivity program (SNAPP)  http://rainalgoma.ca/snapp/FedNor Canada / Rural Agri-Innovation Network (RAIN)
2:00 PMThe Resilient Community Fund builds healthy and vibrant communities by strengthening the capacity of the voluntary sector, through investment in community-based initiatives. www.otf.ca         Ontario Trillium Fund (OTF)
2:30 PMNorthern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) These programs will target both existing and emerging markets, provide more work opportunities for Indigenous people and address the skilled labour shortage in the north. https://nohfc.ca/Ontario Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines (MENDM)
End of Day One

Webinar Day 2 – May 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Please see the agenda pdf attached to email.

You can register for the webinar here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAqfumprD8qGNcaPgUUomHMW7Qh7eHioxaS

Slido will be available to post questions. Please feel free to input your questions during this event at the following location:

https://app.sli.do/event/fbg0hsmd or

May 27, 2021
10:00 AMIntroductionsMinistry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
10:15 AMThe Rural Economic Development Fund creates jobs and boosts growth in your rural community. For Municipalities, Indigenous Communities and Organizations, and Not-for-Profit entities. https://www.ontario.ca/page/rural-economic-development-programMinistry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
10:30 AMSelling Food to Ontario provides information on workshops catered to the learning needs of local farmers and food entrepreneurs. http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/busdev/ facts/sellingfoodwkshop.htmMinistry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
10:45 AMThe Canadian Agriculture Partnership (CAP) Places to Grow: Agri-food Innovation Initiative provides cost-sharing opportunities for agriculture operations. https://ontarioprogramguides.net/en/Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
11:00 AMPoultry Session. Learn more about the chicken farming and the artisanal chicken program. http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca /english/livestock/poultry/events.htmlMinistry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
11:30 AMThe Ontario Agri-food Research Initiative is a grant available to help eligible organizations, including Indigenous communities and organizations, to fund agri-food research projects.Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
11:55 AMClosing discussion and farewell.

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