Advancing Northern Maple

The Advancing Northern Maple Program aims to expand the maple sector by enabling producers to increase production, grow markets, adopt new technology and create innovative maple products.

The Advancing Northern Maple Program is a partnership with the Rural Agri-Innovation Network (RAIN), a division of Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre (SSMIC), the Ontario Maple Syrup Producers Association (OMSPA), Algoma Maple Syrup Producers Association and Algonquin Maple Syrup Producers Association to expand the maple sector by encouraging increased production and the advancement of innovative maple products. The project will have the following objectives:

  • Expand maple sap & syrup production in northern Ontario,
  • Adopt technologies and processes to increase productivity,
  • Create innovative maple products for a domestic or export market,
  • Increase marketing opportunities for the sector, and
  • Increase partnerships with Indigenous people and communities to expand the sector.

This project will enable producers who want to grow to serve domestic and foreign markets to expand, invest in new technology, reach new markets and access capital for expansion. The project includes the Advancing Northern Maple Fund to encourage maple syrup and product expansion through projects that adopt technologies to increase productivity and create innovative new products.

Advancing Northern Maple Fund

Currently, the fund is fully subscribed. If you have a project under development and would be interested in available funding programs, contact David Thompson dthompson@ssmic.com

Program Information

Indigenous Partnerships –Indigenous people and communities are active maple syrup producers in northern Ontario and there is much potential for further activity. The project would collaborate with First Nation communities and organizations to identify projects that are in planning, underway or are scaling up that can be accelerated to expand production and adopt new technologies.

Workshops and Tours –The project will provide opportunities for businesses and organizations to learn new skills and exchange knowledge. RAIN will support producer-led workshops in Algoma and Algonquin that will encourage partnerships, technology adoption and mentorship between producers, entrepreneurs, Indigenous communities and companies. Workshops will encourage the adoption of technologies and will include hands-on activities.

Producers that are interested in receiving more information about these activities can contact David Thompson, RAIN Manager 705-942-7927 x3027   dthompson@ssmic.com

Best Management Practices

For more information about best management practices, producers are encouraged to visit OMAFRA’s website at: http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/food/inspection/maple/intro.htm and Ontario Maple Syrup Producers’ Association’s website at: https://www.omspa.ca/

For additional support with business financing and assistance with strategic planning, contact your local Community Futures Ontario office.  Contact information can be found by visiting: https://cfontario.ca/find-cfdc-office-pf-en.