About OMAFRA-U of G Partnership

Agri-food is one of Ontario's largest industries, worth $37 billion to the province's economy and directly employing more than 800,000 people. The sector is evolving and is being looked at to provide solutions to a growing number of challenges; from producing food at a low cost, to making greater contributions to human health.

The University of Guelph stands as a natural leader in meeting those challenges. Our decades-long partnership with OMAFRA enables innovative research and education, and is fundamental to our ability to continue to play a leadership role in sustaining and enhancing Canada's ever-important agri-food industry.

By supporting the OMAFRA-U of G Partnership, the provincial government invests directly in research that improves the health, well-being and prosperity of people in Ontario, Canada and beyond.

In turn, this partnership supports research breakthroughs, safer food, better disease monitoring and prevention, and new products and technology. No wonder the OMAFRA-U of G Partnership is viewed as a model for creative and effective government-university collaborations.

The OMAFRA-U of G Partnership includes:

Agriculture and Food Laboratory (AFL)

The AFL provides high quality, special purpose laboratory services in support of Ontario's agriculture and food sectors and rural communities.

Animal Health Laboratory (AHL)

The AHL is a full-service veterinary diagnostic laboratory that supports provincial animal disease diagnosis and surveillance.

Research Programs

The Partnership funds priority-driven research, training of Highly Qualified Personnel, knowledge mobilization and commercialization programs designed to meet the needs of Ontario's agri-food sectors and rural communities. Visit the funding programs section of our website to learn more about our programming. 

Veterinary Clinical Education Program (VCEP)

The Partnership provides funding for the Ontario Veterinary College's Health Sciences Centre, advanced clinical training, research and externships for students and the OVC's Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses. Learn more by visiting the Veterinary Clinical Education Program page


Every year the Partnership publishes an annual report detailing the activities, budgets, expenditures and performance measures for each of the Agreement's four program areas. These reports can be found on The Atrium or email Jean Knowlton to request a copy.