Canadian Agricultural Partnership Program: Overview of Research and Innovation 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.

Over the next five years, significant research and innovation investments in Ontario will occur under CAP through three mechanisms: through funding to innovation partners who provide the services that facilitate innovation across the sector; through cost-share funding for producers, processors, organizations and collaborations; and through the new flexible program stream.

In addition to research and innovation initiatives under CAP, the ministry also makes significant investments through the OMAFRA-University Partnership Agreement to develop the talent and create the knowledge that drives innovation.

CAP Research and Innovation Programming

Ontario's agri-food and agri-products sectors play an important role in our economy and innovation is vital for its sustainability. The combination of continued population growth, climate change and changing demands from the marketplace establishes the need to adopt new and innovative ways to do business. CAP research and innovation programming will help move applied research into the market through knowledge mobilization and support for commercialization. Through targeted investments for research and innovation, CAP will support Ontario's agri-food and agri-products sectors to satisfy the growing demand for safe, high-quality food in the future.

The ministry's CAP research and innovation programming supports partners working on high-impact research, innovation and commercialization projects, to best achieve government objectives, yield the greatest value and reduce barriers.

Funding agreements with research and innovation partners will focus on activities towards specific CAP priority outcomes across all program areas, as well as contribute to long-term economic objectives:

CAP key priority program areas

  • Economic Development: Market Development; Productivity; Business Analysis and Skills Development
  • Environmental Stewardship: Water Quality; Soil Health
  • Protection and Assurance: Food Safety; Animal Health; Plant Health

CAP key priority outcomes

  • Increasing competitiveness, productivity and profitability
  • Increasing environmental sustainability
  • Expanding domestic and international markets
  • Improving the anticipation, mitigation and response to risk for the sector

Additional benefits

  • Agri-food and agri-products business adopt innovations, best practice tools, processes and technologies
  • Innovative products, practices and processes are created, commercialized and brought to market
  • Increased collaboration among sector players
  • Industry investments and capacity is maintained or increased
  • Sector and public awareness and knowledge fostered on key practices, innovations and values

Research and Innovation Partners

Ontario intends to partner with the following organizations. Additional details will be provided prior to April 2018.

  • University of Guelph
  • Vineland Research and Innovation Centre
  • Livestock Research and Innovation Corporation
  • Agri-Tech Commercialization Centre
  • Ontario Agri-Food Technologies
  • Bioenterprise
  • Oilseed Innovation Partners

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Creation Date: 8 February 2018
Last Reviewed: 13 February 2018