AgriTech

Sow the seeds for a
better tomorrow in Ontario

AgriTech

Sow the seeds for a better tomorrow in Ontario

Global AgriTech Industry

A flourishing era of tech transformation
The pillar of all life, agriculture, has rapidly evolved into a state-of-the-art tech-forward industry. Owing to digitalization, agritech has flourished into a larger, more advanced era of ag biotechnology, agribusiness marketplaces, bioenergy and biomaterials, farm management software, and farm robotics.
Based on application, production and maintenance tech used in agriculture is expected to drive the industry in the next few years, which means a rise in monitoring systems, using AI for production forecasting, and using data technologies to record weather conditions, crop efficiency, and soil structure.
The global market by revenue is projected to reach almost US $41.2 million by 2027, growing at a 12.1% CAGR signalling an exciting chapter in agriculture's tech transformation.

Canadian AgriTech Industry

A resource-rich landscape propelled by robust R&D
Agriculture is more than just a business in Canada; it is a way of life. 1 in 9 jobs belong to the agriculture sector. Canada's food system is resilient and innovative and generates CA $143.8 billion for our economy. Canadian food producers and manufacturers enjoy low costs, accessible export markets, and very advanced AgriTech research resources.
The Information and Communications Technology Council reported 10 common themes emerging in the Canadian AgriTech sector (including Canadian and non-Canadian-owned companies).

Themes

  • agricultural biotechnology
  • alternative proteins
  • animal farming technology
  • aquaculture technology
  • controlled growing environments
  • crop protection and nutrition inputs
  • enterprise services
  • high-tech farming equipment
  • high-tech food processing
  • precision farming
Canada’s AgriTech sector thrives on an extensive R&D ecosystem, fueling advancements in agriculture and food. There are already massive projects underway in robotics, sensor and agriculture data, and AI deep learning, making Canada ripe for innovation. It’s no wonder that Canada has the world's 2nd biggest AgriTech investor base in the world.

Canada, as the top exporter of pulse crops (lentils, peas, beans, and chickpeas), already holds a very prominent position in the plant-based protein market. International giants have noticed Canada’s allure and have invested heavily to make the most of the Canadian advantage. French company Roquette, has invested CA $17 million to accelerate R&D for new plant-based proteins, and German The Cultivated B invested CA $50 million for their manufacturing facility. American firm Raven Industries Inc also opened its new headquarters and innovation centre here.

Canadian
AgriTech Industry

A resource-rich landscape propelled by robust R&D
Agriculture is more than just a business in Canada; it is a way of life. 1 in 9 jobs belong to the agriculture sector. Canada's food system is resilient and innovative and generates CA $143.8 billion for our economy. Canadian food producers and manufacturers enjoy low costs, accessible export markets, and very advanced AgriTech research resources.
Canada’s AgriTech sector thrives on an extensive R&D ecosystem, fueling advancements in agriculture and food. There are already massive projects underway in robotics, sensor and agriculture data, and AI deep learning, making Canada ripe for innovation. It’s no wonder that Canada has the world's 2nd biggest AgriTech investor base in the world.

Canada, as the top exporter of pulse crops (lentils, peas, beans, and chickpeas), already holds a very prominent position in the plant-based protein market. International giants have noticed Canada’s allure and have invested heavily to make the most of the Canadian advantage.

French company Roquette, has invested CA $17 million to accelerate R&D for new plant-based proteins, and German The Cultivated B invested CA $50 million for their manufacturing facility. American firm Raven Industries Inc also opened its new headquarters and innovation centre here.

The Information and Communications Technology Council reported 10 common themes emerging in the Canadian AgriTech sector (including Canadian and non-Canadian-owned companies):

  • agricultural biotechnology
  • alternative proteins
  • animal farming technology
  • aquaculture technology
  • controlled growing environments and nutrition inputs
  • crop protection and nutrition inputs
  • enterprise services
  • high-tech farming equipment
  • high-tech food processing
  • precision farming

Why Choose Ontario
For AgriTech

A complete ecosystem of farms, tech, and talent
Ontario stands out among other provinces with the highest proportions of Canada's farms; it accounts for over 25.5% of total farms in Canada and 7.7% of the total farm area. The  leading types of farms Ontario has are poultry and egg production (38.9%), sheep and goat (36.6%), other animal production (28.7%), vegetable and melon (30.8%), and greenhouse, nursery, and floriculture (31.8%).
Additionally, over 54% of Ontario’s farms already use technology to improve farming efficiency, making it the perfect playground for Agritech innovation and commercialization.

A 2021 study by Pitchbook reports that Ontario is also home to a majority (33%) of the AgriTech companies in Canada. 79 out of 261 AgriTech companies in the dataset were headquartered in Ontario, making it the largest ecosystem within Canada. The top five most prevalent activities are:

  • agricultural biotechnology
  • alternative proteins
  • controlled environment agriculture
  • enterprise services
  • precision farming
Job postings data in Canada for AgriTech-related roles suggest Toronto, Kitchener and Mississauga are currently leading hubs for AgriTech in the province. Many other farm-focused communities in Ontario, like Windsor, Hamilton, Haldimand County, and Prince Edward County, are also great upcoming markets for AgriTech advancements.
  • Windsor-Essex has 100+ food and beverage processing companies and 1,500 growing operations. The region boasts over 4,500 acres of greenhouses, making it North America’s largest vegetable greenhouse cluster and the world’s second-largest.
  • Hamilton has 810 farms. Its ample available industrial land has enabled regional strengths in areas with global competitiveness, including bakery, grain and oilseed processing, confectionery, meat processing and beverage.
  • Haldimand County has a long history of family farms. The county has 1951 farms, the majority of which specialized in crop production, animal production and aquaculture.
Ontario boasts a top-tier, publicly funded network comprising 23 universities and 24 colleges, leading to 70% of adult workers here holding post-secondary education, the highest rate among OECD countries. Additionally, Ontario is also recognized as North America's second-largest tech cluster.

Additionally, out of 20 agriculture and agrifood research centres in Canada, five of them are located in Ontario, ensuring a strong ecosystem of expertise. They are:

Canada’s trade agreements cover markets valued at over US $50 trillion with 1.7 billion consumers. Canada has free trade agreements with the largest manufacturing markets in the world: the United States (USMCA), the European Union (CETA) and Asia-Pacific (CPTPP).
Your business can have access to 187 million consumers within a day’s drive of the Greater Toronto Area. Ontario has 4 international and 300 regional airports, 250,000 km of roads and highways, a dozen border crossings and the 6th most internationally connected airport in the world.

Ontario’s AgriTech Industry Facts

54%

of farms use farm
efficiency tech

3.1M

kilolitres of milk
produced annually

$1.7B

in market size for
fertilizer manufacturing

300M

dozen eggs produced
by Ontario farmers

50,000

farms call Ontario home

3.4M

kg of honey
produced annually

Ontario’s AgriTech Industry Facts

54%

of farms use farm efficiency tech

3.1M

kilolitres of milk
produced annually

$1.7B

in market size for fertilizer manufacturing

300M

dozen eggs produced by Ontario farmers

50,000

farms call Ontario home

3.4M

kg of honey
produced annually

AgriTech Funding, Resources and Organizations

  • AgriInnovate Program provides repayable contributions to targeted technologies and processes that increase agricultural and agri-food sector competitiveness and sustainability benefits
  • Agri-Tech Innovation Cost-Share Program supports the modernization of workplaces by funding projects to implement advanced or innovative technology (such as automation and robotics)
  • Industrial Innovation Venture Fund is a fund by BDC focussed on early-stage equity investment in legacy industries, one of which is AgriTech
  • Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership is a new CA $3.5 billion, five year agreement, between the federal, provincial and territorial governments to strengthen various aspects of the agriculture, agri‐food and agri‐based products sector

Using the Business Benefit Finder, you can find many more government grants and incentives relevant to your tech startup.

Whilst nationwide, Farm Credit Canada (FCC) offers community support in Ontario in the form of knowledge sharing, events and training, business management as well as financing, amongst others.

Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) is a farmer led organization that offers community support for farmers. They advocate on behalf of members on issues, legislation and regulations that affect those involved.

Podcasts in the AgriTech arena play a helpful role in understanding the resources available to people. The Impact Farming Show and the Vertical Farming Podcast are two examples that cover the North American market and discuss key topics that people in the industry face, and how best to work through them.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)

is a department of the Government of Canada that oversees innovation and competitiveness within the Canadian agriculture and agri-food sector. They are responsible for the federal regulations of agriculture in the country. Visit Site

is an annual event that brings together global AgriTech leaders, industry giants, investors, accelerators, and innovators. Visit Site

is a non-profit company supported through funding from Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED)’s Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF). Visit Site

is a membership-based organization open to food manufacturers, processors, distributors, retailers, funders, and innovators.
Visit Site

hosted by the University of Guelph in collaboration with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs, creates a platform for AgriTech companies to pitch their ideas and earn funding. Visit Site

is responsible for the food, agriculture and rural sectors of the Canadian province of Ontario. Visit Site

is the top global Venture Capital firm based on AgriTech portfolio count. Visit Site

AgriTech Companies in Ontario

logo of agritech company dozr
Dozr
318 Duke St W, Kitchener, ON N2G 3Y1, Canada
logo of agritech company elevate farms
Elevate Farms
100 King St W, Toronto, ON M5X 1A9, Canada
growcer-logo
Growcer
891 Boyd Ave, Ottawa, ON K2A 2E2, Canada
kokonaut-logo
Kokonaut
The West Mall, Etobicoke, ON M9C 1B8, Canada
logo of agritech company orbital farm
Orbital Farm
1287 Gardiners Rd, Kingston, ON K7P 3J6, Canada
performance-plants-logo
Performance Plants
1287 Gardiners Rd, Kingston, ON K7P 3J6, Canada
logo of agritech company peytec
Peytec
120 East Beaver Creek Rd, Suite 200, Richmond Hill, ON L4B 4V1, Canada
logo of agritech company susglobal
SusGlobal
200 Davenport Rd, Toronto, ON M5R 1J2, Canada
logo of agritech company urban stalk
Urban Stalk
175 Longwood Rd S, Hamilton, ON L8P 0A1, Canada
Show Companies
logo of agritech company dozr
Dozr
318 Duke St W, Kitchener, ON N2G 3Y1, Canada
logo of agritech company elevate farms
Elevate Farms
100 King St W, Toronto, ON M5X 1A9, Canada
growcer-logo
Growcer
891 Boyd Ave, Ottawa, ON K2A 2E2, Canada
kokonaut-logo
Kokonaut
The West Mall, Etobicoke, ON M9C 1B8, Canada
logo of agritech company orbital farm
Orbital Farm
1287 Gardiners Rd, Kingston, ON K7P 3J6, Canada
performance-plants-logo
Performance Plants
1287 Gardiners Rd, Kingston, ON K7P 3J6, Canada
logo of agritech company peytec
Peytec
120 East Beaver Creek Rd, Suite 200, Richmond Hill, ON L4B 4V1, Canada
logo of agritech company susglobal
SusGlobal
200 Davenport Rd, Toronto, ON M5R 1J2, Canada
logo of agritech company urban stalk
Urban Stalk
175 Longwood Rd S, Hamilton, ON L8P 0A1, Canada
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