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More drought funding for northwestern Ontario plus an overview of all support

September 29, 2021

Over the past two months, the federal and provincial governments have announced support for livestock farmers in the Rainy River, Kenora and Thunder Bay districts who are being impacted by the ongoing drought conditions.

On September 22, the provincial government announced the Northwestern Ontario Drought Assistance Initiative. This is a third government drought initiative for farmers in the affected areas. It supports farmers in sourcing water to help mitigate current and future drought conditions.

The last day to apply for this initiative is January 31, 2022. Full details, initiative guidelines and the application are now available.

Overview of all support:



Initiative



Northwestern Livestock Emergency Assistance Initiative – Emergency Water & Temporary Fencing



Canada-Ontario Transported Feed AgriRecovery Initiative

New

Northwestern Ontario Drought Assistance Initiative

PurposeSourcing emergency water or installing temporary fencing Source feed or transport livestock to feed Source water to help mitigate current and future drought conditions
Eligibility
  • Livestock farmers in Rainy River, Kenora and Thunder Bay
  • FBR number for 2021 (or accepted alternative)
  • A valid Premises ID
  • Incurred eligible costs
Payments based on

Eligible projects:

  • The installation of temporary fencing to allow for the safe grazing of livestock on alternative premises
  • The delivery of water to livestock in northwestern Ontario.
  • Number and species of eligible livestock
  • Hay and pasture acreage
  • Standard and dry weather yields of said hay acreage
  • Hay obtained from the Beef Farmers of Ontario.

Eligible projects

  • Water supply expansion/resilience planning
  • New wells for agricultural purposes
  • Well maintenance and deepening
  • Ponds or cisterns for storing water
  • Water delivery system (piping) to bring water from off farm source to the farm
  • Water treatment equipment for agricultural use
 Funding

Maximum $10,000 per recipient

The federal and provincial government will pay for 70 per cent of eligible costs and the recipient will be required to pay the remaining 30 per cent.

Provided in two payments. Each payment will be 50 per cent of the total feed assistance payment.

Maximums per recipient (per head):

Cattle - $220.00

Bison - $148.37

Elk - $66.51

Equine - $143.26

Alpacas & Llamas - $28.14

Deer - $30.70

Sheep & Goats - $23.02

Maximum $15,000 per recipient

The provincial government will pay for 50 per cent of eligible costs and the recipient will be required to pay the remaining 50 per cent.

Applications and Guidelines

Initiative Guidelines.

Application due November 1, 2021

Initiative Guidelines.

Application due November 1, 2021

Initiative Guidelines.

Application due January 31, 2022

Email nwlivestock@agricorp.com transportfeed@agricorp.com nwlivestock@agricorp.com

AgriStability interim payments

Ontario farmers who are in AgriStability don't need to wait to apply for a 2021 AgriStability payment. An interim payment can provide cash flow sooner, when it's needed most. Farmers in northwestern Ontario in drought-impacted areas may be eligible for an AgriStability interim payment at an increased rate of 75 per cent. For more information read AgriStability interim payments can provide cash flow.

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