Partners for Progress

For over 125 years, the University of Guelph and the Ontario government have worked together to support, and help shape, the future of the province's agri-food industry. From the early development of improved farming techniques to new sources of bioenergy today, the partnership's legacy of innovation has meant more economic activity, stronger environmental protection and improved animal and human health in Ontario and around the world. Having the long-term funding required to build a critical mass of expertise is one of the keys to the partnership's vitality and productivity, along with a unique combination of highly skilled people, equipment and facilities.

The OMAFRA-U of G Partnership results in many benefits to Ontarians and people around the world through research and innovation in:

  • Safer and higher-quality food
  • A cleaner environment
  • Better protection from plant and animal disease
  • Industry profitability and growth
  • Stronger rural communities

The agreement between the University of Guelph and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, attracts a critical mass of research expertise to the University and the city. The ministry's direct contribution has been increased in 2008/2009 to $59.1 million with additional one-time funding bringing the total annual ministry contribution to $76.1 million.


The OMAFRA-U of G Partnership Programs includes the following:

The Research Program includes the following: