Background and Objectives
The Canada-Ontario Environmental Sustainability Initiative (ESI) was
funded as part of the Special Income Assistance Program. It was signed
on September 6, 1991 and ended on March 31, 1992. The province of Ontario
received a total funding of $3.6 million, shared equally between the province
and the federal government. While the province's expenditure financed activities
under the Land Stewardship II Program,
the federal government's contribution funded seven sub-programs that are
detailed below. ESI was administered by the Agri-Food Development Branch
(now Market and Industry Services Branch) of Agriculture Canada.
The ESI was designed to promote and support the adoption of sustainable
agricultural practices in Ontario. All of the ESI sub-programs are in accordance
with the eight environmental sustainability issues identified by the Federal-Provincial
task force in its 1991 report.
The overall purpose of the ESI was to facilitate effective resource management
and environmental sustainability practices as a key to increasing:
long term financial returns to agri-food sector producers;
sustainability of the natural resource base for agriculture; and
competitiveness of the agri-food sector.
Created: October 24, 1997 09:38:25 AM
Tuesday, May 10, 2011 07:37:34 PM