Place to Grow Funding for Sectors

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Funding supports agriculture and food value chain partners by offering cost-share funding opportunities to address identified industry priorities and outcomes for Ontario under the specified priority areas of the program; Economic Development, Environmental Stewardship and Protection and Assurance.

Funding for Sectors Details

All program details, such as:

can be found in the Funding for Sectors Terms and Conditions.

Project Categories

Detailed project category offerings and applicant requirements can be found by selecting below:

Protection & Assurance

Protection & Assurance

Environmental Stewardship

Environmental Stewardship

Economic Development

Economic Development

How to Apply

Application forms are available here to apply for Funding for Sectors. Additional forms for applicants that are not the Lead Entity are available here. Eligible applicants will be able to apply for program funding from January 6 to January 27, 2020 at 5pm EST.

Completed applications, including all required documentation, should be submitted by email to If you submit an application by email, but do not receive an acknowledgement within two business days, contact OMAFRA at: 1-877-424-1300.

Note: the form must be filled out using Adobe software, such as Adobe Reader or Adobe Pro. Other PDF reader software, including your internet browser, is not compatible with this form. If you do not already have Adobe software on your computer, you can download a free version here:

General Qs & As:

Q1. What documentation outside of the application form should applicants submit?

Applicants should review the details for the project category they are interested in applying to in order to confirm if additional documentation is required.

Applicants should consider submitting the following supporting information with any Funding for Sector application:

  • Quotes and estimates
  • Documentation to support project need (i.e. letters of support)
  • Project plans (i.e. implementation plan, marketing plan etc.)

Q2. Are activities related to the aquaculture sector eligible for cost-share funding?

Activities related to aquaponic food production, and to aquaculture, seaweed, fish and seafood production and processing are ineligible for Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership) funding with the following exceptions, which are eligible:

  • International marketing for fish and seafood products is eligible for funding under the Partnership
  • Traceability for fish and seafood products is eligible for funding under the Partnership

Q3. Can costs paid by one partner to another be considered eligible?

No, partner to partner billing is ineligible. Program guidelines required each Lead entity and their relevant project partners to have an Arm's Length relationship from one another. Therefore, although project vendors/suppliers may be critical to a project, they can not be considered formal project partners.

Q4. Can a not-for-profit apply as a sole applicant?

Yes, in certain circumstances an eligible not-for-profit entity may apply as a sole applicant if they meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • A registered charity, as defined in the Income Tax Act (Canada), and remains in good standing with the Canada Revenue Agency; or
  • A corporation incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation or similar entity under an Act of Canada or a province or territory of Canada and is in good standing under that Act; and
  • Has operations in Ontario (i.e., located in Ontario and, where applicable, has a membership composed primarily of Ontario residents/businesses/organizations) and can enter into a funding agreement, and
  • Is not an academic/research institution.

See Funding for Sectors guidelines and application for full eligibility requirements.

Q5. What are the lead entity responsibilities from a program perspective?

Application Process:

  • Complete the Application and provide a Canada Revenue Agency Business Number as part of the application process
  • Sign the application and be bound by the Terms and Conditions under the Place to Grow cost-share program
  • Be the primary point of contact for the application

Project Implementation:

  • Be capable of entering into a Contribution Agreement with the Province on behalf of all project partners, if the project is ultimately approved
  • Register through the Province of Ontario's Transfer Payment Common Registration system (an online registration tool)
  • Manage the project
  • Have financial capacity to cash flow all project costs, receive all project funding paid by OMAFRA and receive T4A for all funding paid by OMAFRA (note: this includes collecting cash contributions from project partners and incurring all costs)
  • Provide the required documentation to ministry for reimbursement of funding
  • Prepare and submit progress and final reports
  • Communicate and share project information with all project partners.

Q6. What are the responsibilities of project partners from a program perspective?

Project partners must:

  • Direct all project contributions to the lead entity who incurs all project costs.
  • Be a legal entity
  • Have an Arm's Length relationship from the lead entity and other project partners.
  • Be directly engaged in the project and have a vested interest in the project (i.e. contributing cash, providing resources, project oversight, and/or expertise in the project)
  • Sign and submit a Partner Declaration form as part of the full application process and be bound by the Funding for Sectors Terms and Conditions.

Q7. Why do lead entities need to have financial capacity for the total project cost?

Projects are contracted with the lead entity only. Additionally, program funding is provided on a reimbursement basis (not in advance), and therefore the lead entity must be able to cash flow project costs up front.

When considering financial capacity, it is important to note the following:

  • In-kind contributions are considered eligible costs up to the limit of 15 per cent of the approved value of eligible project costs. In-kind contributions must be identified and approved in the application for an approved project.
  • Stacking is eligible up to 100 per cent of eligible project

Partnership for Agriculture, Government of Ontario & Canada

For more information:
Toll Free: 1-877-424-1300