Canadian Agricultural Partnership Program: Overview of Economic Development Programming

In Ontario, the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) is a five-year, $1.5 billion investment to the Ontario agri-food sector: $1.1 billion for Business Risk Management funding and $417 million for strategic initiatives to help grow Ontario's agri-food and agri-products sectors, effective April 2018.

Strategic initiatives will support projects in three key priority areas, with research and innovation continuing to be a key focus across all programming:

Programming will be targeted to deliver the most impactful results to address key CAP priority areas.

New - Targeted program stream

The ministry will pilot a new targeted program stream that will focus on new and emerging priorities in the agri-food and agri-products sectors.

The ministry will, where appropriate, partner with key stakeholders to deliver on CAP outcomes for Ontario through targeted investments.

Information about the new targeted program stream will be available in the near future.

CAP Economic Development Programming

CAP is looking to invest in Ontario’s agri-food and agri-products businesses and their value chains to expand markets, be more competitive, productive and profitable. These investments will continue to support the long-term sustainability of the agri-food and agri-products sectors and their value chains.

Economic Development programming will target funding in three areas:

  • Market development
    • domestic and international markets
  • Productivity
    • technology, innovation and labour attraction
  • Business analysis
    • skills development, knowledge transfer and resources

Program funds will support key activities to:

  • Adopt innovations, tools, best practices and technologies
  • Create and commercialize innovative products, practices and processes
  • Increase sector collaboration
  • Maintain investments and capacity

Economic Development activities provide multiple outcomes including:

  • Businesses retain, expand and/or access new domestic and international markets.
  • Productivity is increased.
  • Implementing assurance systems
  • Ensure food safety systems and/or traceability processes are adjusted to support increased growth
  • Fostering environmental outcomes (water, energy, waste) through productivity improvements

Examples of CAP Economic Development Project Categories targeting Market Development, Productivity and Business Analysis are:

Market Development
  • Marketing plan, assessment or audit
  • New sales and marketing activities, tools and resources for the domestic market
  • New sales and marketing activities, tools and resources for the export market
  • New product or process development
  • Incubators and commercialization
  • Labour productivity plan, assessment or audit
  • Install technology and/or equipment to increase automation
  • Pilot projects, demonstrations, and technology
  • Enterprise Resources Planning (ERP) and supply chain management
  • Productivity through ingredient and waste management
  • Commercialization of technology or equipment to increase productivity
Business Analysis
  • Financial analysis or business assessment
  • Business planning
  • Leadership Development

Who can apply

Producers, processors, organizations and collaborations, Indigenous and northern communities, and manufacturers of productivity enhancing equipment for producers and processors.

When to apply

Application intakes will open on the first business day in April 2018.

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Creation Date: 8 February 2018
Last Reviewed: 12 February 2018