Ontario Swine Research Centre

Rendering shows three barns; one long barn in the middle with two shorter barns flanking it to create a cross shape
The planned design for the Ontario Swine Research Centre

The University of Guelph, in partnership with the Government of Ontario and the Ontario swine industry, is overseeing the construction of a new swine research centre at the Elora Research Station. The project was announced on July 2, 2019 and is expected to take three years to complete. The new swine research centre will enhance existing capacity for research, innovation, and development of new technology.

The Ontario Swine Research Centre will help advance the pork sector by creating a platform where researchers can develop Ontario-relevant new knowledge and best practices in swine health, welfare, nutrition, husbandry and breeding.

It will join the Ontario Beef Research Centre and the Ontario Dairy Research Centre at the Elora Research Station. All three research centres and the Elora Research Station are owned by the Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario (ARIO), an agency of the Government of Ontario, and managed by the University of Guelph through the Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance.

Project timeline and updates

  • The design phase is complete.
  • The tender has been issued (April 2021).
  • Construction is expected to begin in 2021.
  • Construction is expected to be complete by summer 2023.

Project funding

Funding for the project is provided by ARIO with a portion of funds coming from the swine industry through Ontario Pork. The estimated cost is $15 million.


Remo Pallottini, Director, Research Facilities Management
Phone: 519-824-4120, Ext. 56639