Support from the Government of Canada will help establish Northern Ontario Agri-Food Pavilion at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair
Sturgeon Falls – The agri-food sector is integral to regional economies like those in Northern Ontario, and its continued growth is an important factor in building strong, local supply chains that sustain communities across Canada. A healthy agri-food sector requires durable networks, cooperation, and partnerships which events like the annual Royal Agricultural Winter Fair (RAWF) help to strengthen and maintain.
Today, Marc G. Serré, Member of Parliament for Nickel Belt and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Official Languages, announced a FedNor investment of $247,321 to establish the Northern Ontario Agri-Food Pavilion at the 100th Royal Agricultural Winter Fair which takes place November 4-13, 2022 at Exhibition Place in Toronto. This investment is in addition to previously-announced funds for a total of $671,616 for the 2022 event. Today’s announcement was made on behalf of Patty Hajdu, Minister of Indigenous Services and Minister responsible for FedNor.
West Nipissing Incis being provided through the Regional Economic Growth through Innovation program, which will allow Economic Partners-Sudbury East/West Nipissing Inc to support Northern Ontario’s presence at the Royal. This year will mark the Fair’s centennial, while also serving as a return to in-person events following two years of virtual events as a result of the pandemic. Up to 55 Northern Ontario agri-food producers and organizations will participate in this year’s fair through the Northern Ontario pavilion.
“Northern Ontario’s agri-food sector is a key pillar of growth for our region’s economy and residents. Today’s investment of $247,321 will help local growers and producers participate in the Royal Winter Fair, where they will showcase their unique products and expand their markets. We are so excited to support Northern Ontario’s involvement in Canada’s longest-running agri-food exhibition through this investment from FedNor and to ensure the region is well represented.” – Patty Hajdu, Minister of Indigenous Services and Minister responsible for FedNor