Ontario Seeks Drought Relief From Federal Government

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OTTAWA — Ted McMeekin, Ontario’s Agriculture minister, has sent a letter to the federal government asking for support for the Ontario agriculture sector that has been experiencing an abnormally dry summer.

“It puts the ball in the federal government’s court,” said Mark Cripps, the minister’s spokesman as quoted by the Ottawa Citizen. “They’ll make their determination whether it’s a disaster worthy of some sort of ad-hoc program.”

Following the request, the government has 45 days to assess the situation under the AgriRecovery framework for disaster relief.

Dry summer season has impacted crops and cattle across the country and particularly in Eastern Ontario, where farmers report less than 5cm of rain since the growing season started.

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