The Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (SCAP) features several programs designed to strengthen the competitiveness, innovation, and resilience of the agriculture and agri-food industry. Curated by the federal, provincial, and territorial governments, SCAP programs will support Canadian agri-businesses until 2028. Each province has its own unique programs under SCAP that depend on the province’s demands and productivity levels. While there are several programs under SCAP for the Ontario province, the Resilient Agricultural Landscape Program (RALP) is designed to promote carbon sequestration and lower greenhouse gas emissions.
Funding Snapshot: SCAP – Resilient Agricultural Landscape Program (RALP)
The Ontario government announced new funding to support Ontario farmers in making their agricultural lands more productive and resilient.
Funding amounts range from $30/acre to $25,000/acre depending on project priorities.
Eligible applicants must:
- Be an Ontario farm business with a valid farm business registration number.
- Specific eligibility criteria are applicable to each stream of eligible projects.
Eligible projects include:
- Establishing Natural Grassland – for establishing a single-species or diverse native perennial grasslands;
- Increasing Perennial Biomass & Warm Season Pastures – for increasing plantings of perennial biomass crops / warm season pastures in annual crop rotations or converting marginal and high-risk crop-land into perennial biomass & warm season pastures;
- Reducing Tillage – for moderate to substantial reductions to tillage practices;
- Planting Tree and Shrub – for activities supporting improving or the establishment of new tree/ shrub stands;
- Building Water Retention Features – to renew or rejuvenate an existing water retention feature or establish a new feature or a lined reservoir; and
- Restoring Wetlands – for restoring the function, increasing the acreage, or establishment of new wetlands.
The program intake will close once funding has been fully allocated. The intake period for this program started on October 24, 2023.
Find More Agri-Business Funding Opportunities
Our blog on Unpacking Canada’s Agriculture and Agri-Food Departmental Plan for 2023-24 describes the Canadian government’s dedication towards the agri-business industry. As a result, Canadian farmers and agri-food companies can receive strong funding plans to boost productivity levels and agricultural resiliency.
If your agricultural or agri-food business is looking for funding opportunities, our agribusiness funding directory page can provide up-to-date insights on funding programs, intake periods, and requirements. Our team at Mentor Works, A Ryan Company can also support you with the application writing process.
Ontario agri-food businesses feed millions of people around the world. With more than 3,000 active food and beverage processors, 97,000 workers, and $39 billion in revenues, Ontario is one of the sector’s most active and competitive jurisdictions in North America.
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