The governments of Canada and Ontario are giving farmers in the province a quicker and easier way to renew their Environmental Farm Plans (EFPs).
Farmers in Ontario can now access an upgraded, electronic process to update their Environmental Farm Plans. The enhanced system will make it easier for many to continue using this key tool, which guides Ontario farmers to voluntarily adopt more environmentally sustainable practices. The changes will provide a more user-friendly and resourceful online tool, in addition to offering a convenient option for farmers to update their Environmental Farm Plans without requiring them to travel to attend in-person workshops.
The improved electronic Environmental Farm Plan (eEFP) instrument was developed by the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association with support from the federal and provincial governments through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership).
The Environmental Farm Plan, developed in partnership with Ontario farm organizations and farmers, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, has been the flagship of sustainability initiatives for Ontario farmers for more than 25 years. More than 45,000 farmers have participated in the Environmental Farm Plans process since its inception. The improved electronic Environmental Farm Plan supports the Ontario government's digital first strategy.
- The Partnership is a five-year, $3 billion commitment by Canada's federal, provincial and territorial governments that supports Canada's agri-food and agri-products sectors.
- The Partnership’s cost-share funding supports projects in the following key priority areas:
- The Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) is a non-profit farm organization that represents all commodity groups across the province and is a leader in delivering education and other programming to farmers.