Rural and north
Information about Northern Ontario, agriculture and local food. Learn about funding programs that support rural, northern and Indigenous communities.
Learn about the economic development, tourism and recreation opportunities on Ontario’s Crown land.
How we partner with First Nations communities to protect the environment and spur economic development in the Far North.
Information to help start a business, access support services or invest in Northern Ontario.
Learn about mining opportunities for the Ring of Fire and development in the Far North.
Information about mining claims, geology and mineral development in Ontario.
Learn about Northern Ontario’s ice roads and how they connect the Far North to the rest of the province.
Find Northern Ontario highway expansion and rehabilitation projects that are planned or underway.
Agriculture and farming
Find information about livestock production, including nutrition, business management, marketing, production and breeding.
Learn about field, fruit, vegetable and specialty crops, including tips for soil, water and pest management.
Learn how to keep your soil healthy through best management practices, including soil erosion, composting, nutrient management and soil testing.
View and identify weeds found across Ontario that affect crops and livestock.
Get help to start, operate, grow and manage your farm business.
Learn about funding for the agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products sector.
Create custom maps and find Ontario agricultural data using this interactive online tool.
Learn about the Drainage Act and find resources for producers, municipalities and tile drainage contractors.
Plan your nutrient application, calculate minimum distance separation between farm buildings and find other planning calculators and tools.
Find research funding programs for the agri-food industry and learn about innovation in the sector.
Get the application form for different types of individual and agri-food business licences, registrations, certifications and permits.
Find information about honey bee health and beekeeping in Ontario, including regulations, registration, permits and resources.
Learn about the rates charged in 2021 by farm work operators.
Local food and food safety
Learn about the local foods grown in Ontario, see what’s in season and find recipes.
Learn about food label requirements, complying with legislation and how to get your Premises Identification Number.
Information about inspection programs for dairy, eggs, fish, meat, apiculture and foods of plant origin.
Rural economic development funding and programs
Explore the programs, tools and resources available to communities for economic development and revitalization projects.
Get money to improve your rural community’s economy.
Explore funding opportunities for community, business and non-profit projects.
How to apply for funding to support infrastructure projects in small communities.
Explore how you can help provide broader opportunities and greater benefits for the agri-food sector and rural communities in Ontario.
Find out how you can support local agriculture to promote economic growth in your community.
If you’re part of an organization you may be eligible to access industry and job trends for your region.
Learn how to strengthen businesses in your community.
Help newcomers and youth settle in your community and keep it economically vibrant.
Learn the steps you can take to make your rural community’s downtown area vibrant and appealing.
Discover how well your community serves visitors.
Read our guide on how to assess the efficiency and effectiveness of projects, programs and initiatives, as it relates to economic development.
Growing Ontario’s agri-food sector and supporting rural communities, helping to create a stronger economy for the province.
Promoting economic and community development in Northern Ontario with business support services, grants and loans.
Overseeing Ontario’s mineral sector, providing geoscience information and supporting sustainable development in the Ring of Fire.
Protecting Ontario’s biodiversity while promoting economic opportunities in the resource sector and supporting outdoor recreation opportunities.