The Ontario Government is investing over $3.5 million to support more than 700 businesses in the Ontario agri-food sector to establish or expand their online presence.

The aim of the funding is to help provide consumers with more access to local food. Under the Agri-Food Open for E-Business initiative, 22 businesses in Haliburton- Kawartha Lakes-Brock will each receive provincial grants of up to $5,000.

A total of $97,698.60 will be provided to businesses in Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock.

MPP Laurie Scott says the grants will help local agri-food businesses to adapt to the challenges COVID-19 presents. Scott adds that developing an online marketplace not only allows people to expand their business, but it also increases safe options for community members to buy locally sourced products.

The funding is in addition to other programming launched this year to assist the sector in meeting challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic.