The Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) is a five-year, $3 billion investment contributed through the federal, provincial, and territorial governments across Canada. Providing a framework for agri-food industry funding, CAP is the primary mechanism used to disburse government grants and repayable funding contributions to SMEs, non-profits, and other key industry stakeholders. The program is administered by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) and provincial/territorial government departments.
Canadian Agricultural Partnership: Federal Program
Federal government support provided through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership is provided through the following five programs. Use the hyperlinked name of each program to learn more about its focus and type of support provided.
- AgriMarketing: Provides up to 50% of expenses to a maximum $50k to participate in international trade shows and trade events with the intention of expanding exports.
- AgriInnovate: Provides repayable funding of up to 50% project expenses to a maximum $10M to commercialize and/or adopt innovative agri-based products, technologies, processes or services.
- AgriScience: Offers up to 50% (70% for NFPs) of expenses to a maximum $5M in grants to support research and development activities benefitting the agricultural and agri-food sector, either independently or as part of an innovation cluster.
- AgriDiversity: Provides up to 50% of project costs to a maximum $200k/year (for up to 5 years) to a maximum $1M in government grants. Funding supports projects which build agricultural leadership and entrepreneurial capacity among under-represented groups, such as youth, women, persons with disabilities, and the Indigenous.
- AgriAssurance (SME Stream): Provides up to 50% of project expenses to a maximum $50k in government grants to help implement third-party assurance certification projects that address international market requirements and help expand export opportunities.
- AgriCompetitiveness: Funding to coordinate and build on existing capacity, enhance safety, and adapt to changing commercial and regulatory environments.
Canadian Agricultural Partnership: Ontario Program
Ontario government funding support offered through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership is provided through the following three programs. Use the hyperlinked name of each program to learn more about its focus and type of support provided.
- Canadian Agricultural Partnership: Ontario Processors: Provides up to 25% to 50% of eligible expenses to a maximum $20,000 to $250,000 in grant funding to support businesses that modify or manufacture agricultural products.
- Canadian Agricultural Partnership: Ontario Producers: Provides up to 30% to 50% of eligible expenses to a maximum $2,500 to $75,000 in grant funding to support businesses that grow, raise, or otherwise produce agricultural products.
- Canadian Agricultural Partnership: Ontario Organizations & Collaborations: Provides up to 50%-75% of eligible project expenses to a maximum $1 million for non-profits, industry associations, and groups of agri-food industry collaborators.
Canadian Agricultural Partnership: Alberta Program
Government funding offered through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership Alberta program is divided into multiple streams. Up to fifteen different project types can be considered for Alberta agriculture grants; explore the following resources to learn more about each project type and how much your organization could receive.
- Canadian Agricultural Partnership Alberta – Program Overview: Learn more about the Canadian Agricultural Partnership in Alberta, including an overview of the program, basic eligibility criteria, and how to apply.
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Posted: February 16, 2018 by Jeff Shepherd. Updated: October 19, 2018 by Jeff Shepherd.