Growing Ontario is a grassroots organization that seeks to highlight and celebrate the innovation and contribution provided by the agriculture and forestry sectors to the economy of northern and rural Ontario.

Whether it’s the food we eat, the lumber that provides us shelter, the fuel that keeps us warm or moving, or the raw materials woven into the textiles we wear, Ontario farmers and forestry workers are meeting the vital needs of Ontario families everyday.

The Grain Farmers of Ontario, the Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities, the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association and forestry stakeholders initiated Growing Ontario.


Grain Farmers of Ontario

Grain Farmers of Ontario represents Ontario’s 28,000 growers of barley, corn, oats, soybeans, and wheat. Our farmers' crops cover 6 million acres of farm land across the province, and are a major economic driver for Canada. Ontario-grown corn, soybean and wheat crops generate over $2.5 billion in farm gate receipts, result in over $9 billion in economic output, and are responsible for over 40,000 jobs in the province. The structure and goals of Grain Farmers of Ontario focus on four key areas - Research & Innovation; Wheat Marketing & Market Development; Production Information and Public Outreach, Policy Development & Advocacy.

To learn more about Grain Farmers of Ontario, please visit their website here: http://gfo.ca


Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities

The Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities (FONOM) is the unified voice of Northeastern Ontario, representing and advocating on behalf of 110 cities, towns and municipalities. Our mission is to improve the economic and social quality of life for all northerners and to ensure the future of our youth.

FONOM is a membership-based association that draws its members from northeastern Ontario.

To learn more about the Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities, please visit their website here: http://www.fonom.org/


Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association

The Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association (NOMA) was organized in 1946, incorporated on September 18th 2001, and is made up of four components: the Kenora District Municipal Association, the Rainy River District Municipal Association, the Thunder Bay District Municipal League and the City of Thunder Bay. The area we represent extends from the City of Kenora in the west to the Town of Dubreuilville in the east. 

The objects of the Association are to consider matters of general interest to the municipalities and to procure enactment of such legislation that may be of advantage to the municipalities in Northwestern Ontario and to take united action on all matters where the rights of the municipalities may be affected to advance the standards of municipal government through education and discussion and generally to promote their interests.

To learn more about the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association, please visit their website here: http://www.noma.on.ca/


Rural Ontario Municipal Association

The Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA) is the rural arm of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO). The association is an integral part of AMO and a number of its Executive Members serve on the AMO Board of Directors. ROMA represents rural municipalities across Ontario, including those in northern Ontario.

ROMA believes that rural and northern municipalities are important stakeholders in provincial policy, are good places to invest, and that this should be emphasized through public education and policy advocacy. For this reason, they are supporting the Growing Ontario initiative, designed to raise awareness and positively contribute to growing key sectors in rural and northern Ontario.