The Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence program was created to recognize and foster the spirit of innovation that thrives in Ontario’s agricultural sector. It encourages the development of rural communities, farms, agri-food processors and agri-food organizations by adding value to existing products, creating jobs and driving economic growth.

Each year the program recognizes up to 45 award winning innovations across the province and awards them with $5,000 each. In addition, there is a Premier’s Award valued at $75,000, a Minister’s Award valued at $50,000, and three Leaders in Innovation awards valued at $25,000 each. All award recipients receive a plaque and gate sign, and they can also use the Premier’s Award program wordmark.

Primary producers, processors and agri-food organizations are invited to submit applications between February 12, 2016, and April 15, 2016. Details on eligibility, innovation categories, assessment criteria, and the application and selection process can be found at www.ontario.ca/agrifoodinnovation.

The deadline to submit applications is 5 p.m. on April 15, 2016.