OMAFRA-U of G Partnership

Agri-food is one of Ontario's largest industries, worth $50 billion to the province's economy and directly employing more than 300,000 people. The sector is evolving and is being looked at to provide solutions to a growing number of challenges; from producing food at a low cost, to making greater contributions to human health.

The University of Guelph stands as a natural leader in meeting those challenges. Our decades-long partnership with OMAFRA has allowed us to produce innovative research and education, and is fundamental to our ability to continue to play a leadership role in sustaining and enhancing Canada's ever-important agri-food industry.

By supporting the OMAFRA-U of G Partnership, the provincial government invests directly in research that improves the health, well-being and prosperity of people in Ontario, Canada and beyond.

In turn, this partnership benefits the province by returning more than $1.15 billion to the Ontario economy every year. The Agreement's numerous other benefits include research breakthroughs, safer food, better disease monitoring and prevention, and new products and technology. No wonder that many view the OMAFRA-U of G Partnership as a model for creative and effective government-university relations.

Agriculture and Food Laboratory (AFL)

The AFL provides high quality, special purpose laboratory services in support of the agriculture and food sectors and rural communities.

Animal Health Laboratory (AHL)

The AHL is a full-service, fully accredited veterinary diagnostic laboratory that supports provincial animal disease diagnosis and surveillance.

Research Programs

The Partnership research program is wide ranging and includes funding for agri-food and rural research, knowledge translation and transfer and training for graduate students.

Veterinary Clinical Education Program (VCEP)

The Partnership VCEP program provides funding for the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, advanced clinical training, an externship and a one-year Veterinary Internship Program through the Ontario Veterinary College.