Ontario farms and processors will have access to a $25.5 million program to help them add technological innovations for worker health and safety to their operations, the provincial government says in a news release on April 21.
The Agri-tech Innovation Program, a $22 million cost-share program, will help farming operations and processor businesses adopt innovative and new technologies, the release notes. For example applications for funding could include advanced technologies such as optical grading and sorting systems in vegetable processing or automated, robotic vineyard pruning robots.
The first intake will run from May 17 to June 21, 2021. This program is part of the second stage of Agri-food Prevention and Control Innovation Program which was announced as part of Ontario’s fall 2020 budget.