About Growing Forward 2

Transforming Manitoba's agriculture and food industry through innovation

Growing Forward 2 is a five-year agricultural policy framework agreement among federal-provincial-territorial governments.

The Growing Forward 2 agricultural policy framework came into effect on April 1, 2013 and will continue until March 31, 2018. Investments by federal, provincial and territorial governments over this five-year period will total more than $3 billion - including a 50% increase in cost-shared investments for provincially targeted strategic initiatives.


We have completed the first two years of this important five year agreement. Read about the many positive outcomes the sector is achieving in the reports listed:


Growing Forward 2 makes proactive investments in research and innovation, while maintaining important business risk management programs.

The three priorities of the policy framework are:

  • Innovation: Investment in innovation will increase productivity, reduce costs, advance sustainability and lead to the development and commercialization of new products, processes and practices that will make the sector more competitive. The goal is a sector that is competitive on the basis of product attributes and costs, and that improves and maintains its productive capacity to be sustainable.
  • Competitiveness and market development: Canada's agri-food and agri-based products sector is mainly trade-oriented, and benefits directly from increased access to markets and activities that support competitiveness and market development. Investing in competitiveness and market-related activities will expand opportunities for individual farms and firms and provide industry with the knowledge and tools to compete at home and abroad. The goal is a sector that is able to compete in domestic and international markets, that responds to society's demands and that contributes to the wellbeing of Canadians.
  • Adaptability and industry capacity: Farms and firms may require investments that increase their market-based profitability and their ability to effectively anticipate and manage challenges and risks. The goal is a sector that is adaptable and resilient.

Two Types of Programs

  • Strategic initiatives - These programs are unique to Manitoba, and will be aimed at helping the industry better respond to changing market conditions and consumer demand, encourage innovation in practices and processes, and take advantage of global market opportunities.
  • Business risk management -These programs will continue to include a complete, effective suite of programs to help farmers manage income declines caused by drought, flooding, low prices, and increased input costs. 

Transition to Growing Forward 2

The new agreement builds on the previous agricultural policy framework, Growing Forward, which was in effect from April 1, 2008 to March 31, 2013.

The industry helped shaped Growing Forward 2 by participating in a national consultation process that began in 2010. The goal of these consultations was to develop a common understanding of where the industry is heading and how governments could assist. Meetings were held with farm leaders and stakeholders from across Canada to discuss long-term challenges and opportunities. As policy directions took form, the Manitoba government invited broad input from the industry and all interested Manitobans.

The resulting framework continues to transform agricultural policy in Canada by placing more emphasis on:

  • Proactive and strategic investments that move the sector forward.
  • Enhanced co-ordination and collaboration.
  • The use of innovation to increase productivity, reduce costs and advance sustainability.