“It is critical, especially during these difficult times, that we support economic development opportunities across Northwestern Ontario,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, Minister of Indigenous Affairs and MPP for Kenora-Rainy River. “We have a growing agri-food sector in the North and it is important that we look at ways to expand the development of sustainable local food sources right here in Rainy River to support our community and local economy.”
The study will help to identify the infrastructure required for a greenhouse facility, as well as assess the advantages of the greenhouse industry, such as increased variety and availability of produce, longer growing seasons, lower produce prices and reduced transportation costs.
“This is an important investment by the province which will help to improve food sustainability and support Northern Ontario’s agri-food sector,” said Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “The greenhouse industry is a huge contributor to our economy, and this feasibility study is the first step towards providing more jobs and nutritious locally grown food for the region.”