Businesses in the agricultural industry may be eligible to receive Canadian government funding through the Agri-Innovation Program. Offered through Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Agri-Innovation Program (AIP) offers non-repayable support of up to $4 million per project under Stream A and up to $10 million fully repayable support for Stream B. Organizations can receive support up to a maximum of $10 million in support over the life of AIP.
Stream A: Knowledge Creation and Transfer Stream
Divided into two categories Steam A is intended to accelerate pre-commercialization efforts.
Component 1: Innovation Strategy Development
Provides grant funding for value chain development activities, including:
- Market research into potential opportunities or threats observed by third party investigators or consultants
- Collaboration and planning of science-based research activities
- Develop a strategic research business plan to foster leadership in exploring new and innovative product and service offerings
Component 2: Implementation of Applied Science and Technology Development Projects
Stream B: Commercialization Stream
Aimed to facilitate the adoption of commercialization of agri-based technologies and innovations in the agricultural, agri-food, and agri-based sectors Stream B supports the following projects:
- Commercializing or adopting innovative agricultural, agri-food, or agri-based products, technologies, processes and services;
- Establishing, expanding, or modernizing a facility to commercialize or adopt an innovative agricultural, agri-food, or agri-based product, technology, process or service
- Implementing marketing opportunities related to the commercialization or adoption of an innovative product, technology, process or service.
- Goods and services and all related shipping and transportation costs
- Labour including wages/salaries and benefits, specific per diem fees
- Rental, lease of facilities, equipment or machinery
- Materials/consumables needed to undertake the project
- Costs of work related to compliance with the CEAA
- Production of materials required to fulfill obligations under the agreement,
- Building purchase, renovation, site improvement, leasehold improvements
- Machinery, equipment, and software purchase and installation costs
- Start-up costs, including interest capitalized during construction, insurance
- Marketing costs, hiring of marketing expertise and other related activities
Next Steps to Canadian Government Funding
Interested companies should evaluate the eligibility of their project through the Assessment Criteria Page and contact AAFC’s Environmental Services Unit by sending an e-mail to email@example.com. Additionally, please contact Mentor Works for helpful resources and support throughout the application process.