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  • March 12, 2018

Expanding Thunder Bay Area Farms

Province Helps Increase Farm Productivity in the North


                       March 12, 2018



Ontario is helping Thunder Bay area farms improve their agricultural land, diversify crops and expand their business.

Bill Mauro, MPP for Thunder Bay-Atikokan, was at Trumar Farm in Thunder Bay today to announce the province’s Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) investment of $994,080 into a project led by the Thunder Bay Agricultural Research Association (TBARA) in partnership with 23 farms, to install tile drainage on 1,390 acres of land and to undertake land clearing on 354 acres.

This partnership between the TBARA and the farm businesses is ensuring the long-term sustainability of area farms. The new tile drainage system and land clearing will help farmers increase their crop yields by providing more available land for production and will help reduce soil erosion which will extend the growing season.

Investing in agricultural infrastructure in the North is part of Ontario's plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.


“I’m very pleased with today’s announcement of funding to the Thunder Bay Agricultural Research Association for tile drainage and land clearing projects at area farms. Our area farms are critical to our local and regional economy, as well as the overall wellness and social fabric of our communities. Today’ s announcement is a continuation of our support for the local agricultural community  and builds on the recent announcement concerning  Lakehead University’s role in the governance of the Thunder Bay Agricultural Research Station, which secures the long term future of the Station. These announcements, and many others, demonstrate that the Province understands just how important the agricultural sector is in Northwestern Ontario.”

Bill Mauro, MPP for Thunder Bay-Atikokan

“The agricultural industry is a key economic driver in many northern communities. By investing in these operations, we are helping farmers in the Northwest improve their farmland, increase their crop production and grow the northern economy.”

Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development and Mines and Chair of the NOHFC 

"The Thunder Bay Agricultural Research Association is excited to continue our role representing district farmers pursuing sustainable technologies and business development strategies. The support from MNDM for this program recognizes the potential of farmers to expand contributions to the local economy and communities through increased food production and employment opportunities." 

Kevin Belluz, President of the Thunder Bay Agricultural Research Association


Ontario is investing $994,080 in this project through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) Strategic Economic Infrastructure Program.

Since 2013, the province has invested more than $621 million through the NOHFC in over 3,845 projects, leveraging more than $2.2 billion in direct economic activity and creating or sustaining over 15,300 jobs in Northern Ontario.

In the Thunder Bay-Atikokan region, the NOHFC has invested more than $44 million in 253 projects that have helped create or retain more than 1,200 jobs since 2013.


NOHFC programs

Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs

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