Ontario provides over $20,000 to Kanata—Carleton’s Agricultural and Horticultural Societies
Province invests in local agricultural and horticultural societies to support their long-standing traditions.
CARP — The Ontario government is providing over $20,000 to support the Kanata and West Carleton agricultural and horticultural societies. Today’s news was shared by Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, MPP for Kanata—Carleton. This investment will help these organizations continue to operate and support their important efforts to educate people about the value and significance of agriculture in the province.
“We are fortunate to have such dedicated people involved in our local agricultural societies and it is wonderful to be able to support them in this manner,” says Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, MPP for Kanata-Carleton. “These organizations play an essential role in bringing people together and drawing together the realities of rural and urban life. They provide a real sense of community by bonding farm families with recreational activities, and they are an important window for urban residents to better appreciate the significant role farm and agri-food producers play in our community.”
The funding is part of the Agricultural and Horticultural Support and Recovery Funding Initiative. The local associations receiving funding are:
- Carp Agricultural Society $21,498.39
- Kanata-March Horticultural Society $1,000.00
- West Carleton Garden Club & Horticultural Society $1,000.00
This new funding builds on previous investments of more than $7 million to assist these organizations across the province over the past two years.
There are two streams to this round of funding:
- Base Support Funding will be issued to all eligible Agricultural and Horticultural Societies through funding payments of $1,000 as a means of supporting their continued incorporation and activities.
- Hardship Funding for eligible Agricultural Societies will provide additional support which will be based on reported gate revenues from 2019. This will help off-set operating losses, liabilities, and fixed overhead costs related to land and buildings.
“Ontario’s agricultural and horticultural societies have long-enriched communities throughout the province, and we look forward to them continuing to make significant contributions, from main street beautification projects to hosting the long-standing tradition of agricultural fairs, throughout the province in 2022,” said Lisa Thompson, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “These investments reflect the value of the societies’ contributions and our government’s recognition of the pandemic-caused pressures these organizations have been weathering.”
Agricultural and Horticultural Societies play a critical role in educating Ontarians on the importance of agriculture and celebrating a rural way of life. Supporting this important sector, at this time, will ensure the long traditions and economic contributions of the societies will continue and strengthen as the province manages the impacts of COVID-19 and moves forward into the future.
The Carp Agricultural Society is thankful for the contribution from our provincial government. The support of our governments and the generosity of our many volunteers and sponsors are what has kept us going over the last two long years while our ability to raise funds in our regular manner had not been possible. Thank you.Brent Palsson
President of the Carp Agricultural Society