Canadian Agricultural Partnership Program: Overview of Environmental Stewardship 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 Environmental Stewardship Programming
Ontarios agricultural landscape is shifting with changes in market demands, public trust and the expectations of agri-environmental sustainability. The CAP Stewardship programming will support the sector by better reflecting the commitments that have been identified within the draft Canada-Ontario Lake Erie Action Plan and Ontarios Draft Agricultural Soil Heath and Conservation Strategy. Actions supported under CAP stewardship programming will also provide important co-benefits to pollinator habitat and climate change, which will be complemented by the broader suite of provincial programs under development, including programs supported under Ontarios Climate Change Action Plan.
Funding will address the following government commitments related to water and soil health.
Program funds will be targeted to businesses and organizations that are working towards improving soil health and water quality by achieving the following results:
Examples of CAP Environmental Stewardship Project categories are:
Who can apply
Producers, organizations, regional collaborations, agriculture community influencers, advisors and Indigenous communities are encouraged to apply for funding.
When to apply
Application intakes will open on the first business day in April 2018.
A verified complete 4th Edition Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) or a peer reviewed 3rd Edition EFP (Note: those applying with a 3rd Edition will be required to upgrade to a 4th Edition prior to receiving final project payment at time of claim.)
Funding to support processors can be found under the productivity stream of CAP Economic Development programming, and may offer co-benefits to stewardship outcomes.
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