Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership)

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Supporting Ontario's Agri-food and Agri-products Sectors

The Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership) is a five-year commitment by Canada's federal, provincial and territorial governments that will support Canada's agri-food and agri-products sectors.

Strategic initiatives including cost-share funding support projects in the following key priority areas, with research and innovation continuing to be a focus across all programming:

Protection and assurance to reinforce the foundation for public trust in the sector through improved assurance systems in food safety and plant and animal health.

The Partnership programming is flexible and provides opportunities to address emerging priorities and challenges faced by our agri-food sector.

Cost-share Funding Program for Farmers, Processors, Other Businesses, and the Place to Grow: Agri-food Innovation Initiative

What’s New?

The province recently announced new cost-share funding opportunities to agriculture and food value-chain partners, while encouraging greater collaboration to identify opportunities and address challenges in the sector through the Place to Grow: Agri-food Innovation Initiative.

The first application intake for eligible applicants will take place from August 15 to September 27, 2019. All program details including the program guide and application forms will available online in August 2019. See Place to Grow: Agri-food Innovation Initiative section below.

Farmers and Other Businesses

The next application intake for farmers and other businesses (plant health) will be communicated once finalized.

The Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) administers cost-share funding to farmers and other businesses (plant health). Program details, including how to apply, program guides, and application forms can be found on the OSCIA website.

In addition, a targeted application intake is open for eligible farmers to apply for cost-share funding to help offset the cost of testing for DON in corn. Additional details can be found on the OSCIA website at: ontarioprogramguides.net/pc-en-phim-dn-h.

All businesses must complete the program enrolment form before applying for cost-share funding.

Cost-share funding under the Partnership is merit-based and project funding amounts are individually established based on project categories.

Processors and Other Businesses

The next application intake for processors and other businesses (animal health, commercializers and primary agri-food businesses) will be communicated once finalized.

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) administers cost-share funding to processors and other businesses (animal health, commercializers and primary agri-food businesses).

Cost-share funding under the Partnership is merit-based and project funding amounts are individually established based on project categories.

Provincially Licensed Abattoirs

Cost-share funding is available for provincially licensed abattoirs to enhance microbial controls and improve hygienic slaughter practices by applying to intake two of the Provincially Licensed Abattoirs Program for the purchase of equipment and structural upgrades.

The program guide is available by emailing: agpartnership@ontario.ca or calling 1-877-424-1300.

OMAFRA administers the Partnership cost-share funding to provincial abattoirs. The application intake period will be May 24, 2019 – August 30, 2019.

Place to Grow: Agri-food Innovation Initiative

Eligible applicants can apply for cost-share funding from August 15 to September 27, 2019 at 5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

Place to Grow: Agri-Food Innovation Initiative provides cost-share funding opportunities to agriculture and food-value chain partners, which encourages greater collaboration to identify opportunities and address challenges in the sector.

The Place to Grow program will allow organizations to apply for projects in key priority areas, including:

  • Labour supply and training challenges (new category).
  • Economic development in the agri-food and agri-products sectors.
  • Environmental stewardship to enhance water quality and soil health.
  • Protection and assurance to reinforce the foundation for public trust in the sector. through improved assurance systems in food safety and plant and animal health.

There is also a new category for bold, high impact projects that are expected to create a sector-wide benefit.

Who can apply?

The new programming will encourage interest from outside the agri-food sector to participate on broad-impact projects that will benefit from different kinds of expertise. It's expected such projects will see new partners engaged to further drive innovation in areas such as advanced manufacturing and the greater use of data available to the sector.

Individual farmers continue to have access to cost-share funding through the dedicated funding stream for Farmers and Other Businesses (plant health projects) under the Partnership.

All program details including the program guide and application forms will be available online in August 2019.

Future opportunities to apply for cost-share funding for the Place to Grow: Agri-Food Innovation Initiative include:

  • January 6 to January 27, 2020 at 5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.
  • September 8 to September 29, 2020 at 5p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.
  • January 4 to January 25, 2021 at 5p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.
  • September 7 to September 28, 2021 at 5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

OMAFRA will administer cost-share funding for the Place to Grow program.

Workshops, Resources, and eLearning

The ministry continues to offer workshops, resources, and eLearning opportunities at no cost for the agri-food and agri-products sectors.

Business Risk Management

Funding for Business Risk Management (BRM) programs helps ensure producers are protected against significant risks that threaten the viability of their farm and are beyond their capacity to manage.

The federal and provincial governments are reviewing these national programs to ensure they meet producer needs, including timeliness, predictability simplicity, and ability to respond to market risks. In Ontario, Agricorp administers BRM programs.

Federal-only Programs Under the Partnership

In addition to shared Canada-Ontario programs, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) delivers federal programs under the Partnership aimed at generating economic growth in the agricultural sector. For more information about these programs and how to access them, visit the AAFC website.

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