The Ontario government is providing an additional $1.1 million to support agricultural and horticultural societies impacted by COVID-19.
This funding will help offset membership and revenue losses so they can continue to meet their immediate financial needs and work towards planning future events.
“The effort our local agricultural societies put into these events make them an unwavering staple in our community,” said Monte McNaughton, MPP for Lambton-Kent-Middlesex, in a media release. “I’ve been going to fall fairs, like the Ilderton, Forest, and Glencoe Fall Fair, with my family for years. Our investment will ensure that fall fairs and can continue in the future.”
The government will provide up to $5,000 for each eligible agricultural society and up to $1,500 for each eligible horticultural society.
This latest funding follows the January 2021 investment of $5 million to help support agricultural and horticultural societies impacted by cancelled events in 2020.