Shifting to the Canadian Agricultural Partnership from Growing Forward 2
Growing Forward 2 will be succeeded by the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) as of April 1st, 2018. This new, five-year, program will be contributed through the Federal, Provincial, and Territorial governments. The $3 billion investment will stimulate growth in the Agricultural and Agri-Food, and Agri-Products sector.
Eligible producers, processors, organizations, and collaborations can apply for CAP cost-share funding assistance starting on April 3 until May 8, 2018.
Further program details including program guides and application forms will be available on March 29, 2018.
Producers and Processors
CAP funding will focus on projects in three key priority areas, with research and innovation continuing to be a key focus across all programming:
- Economic development, in the Agri-Food and Agri-Products sectors
- Environmental stewardship, to enhance water quality and soil health
- Protection and Assurance, to reinforce the foundation for public trust in the sector through improved assurance systems in food safety and plant and animal health
Federal Funding Programs Available through CAP
In addition to shared Canada-Ontario programs, federal-only CAP programs will also be in place by April 1, 2018. Confirmed Federal CAP programs include:
- AgriMarketing: Offers grants to participate in international trade shows and trade events with the intention of expanding exports.
- AgriInnovate: Offers repayable funding contributions to commercialize and/or adopt innovative agri-based products, technologies, processes or services.
- AgriAssurance: Offers agricultural grants to help implement third-party assurance certification projects that address international market requirements and help expand export opportunities.
- AgriDiversity: Provides grants to build agricultural leadership and entrepreneurial capacity among under-represented groups, such as youth, women, persons with disabilities, and the Indigenous.
- AgriScience: Offers small business grants to support research and development activities benefitting the agricultural and agri-food sector, either independently or as part of an innovation cluster.
- AgriCompetitiveness: For non-profits only, this stream provides up to 50% of project expenses to a maximum $1M/year (for up to 5 years) to a maximum $5M in grants. Projects should focus on coordinating and building on existing capacity, enhancing safety, and adapting to changing commercial and regulatory environments.
Through targeted investments in research and innovation, the ministry continues to invest in research and innovation to support the transition and adoption of applied research into the market through knowledge mobilization that directly supports Ontario’s agri-food and agri-products sectors.
Ontario will be partnering with organizations, such as:
- Vineland Research and Innovation Centre
- Livestock Research Innovation Corporation
- Agri-Technology Commercialization Centre
- Ontario Agri-Food Technologies
- Oilseed Innovation Partners
- Agri-food Management Institute
- Food and Beverage Ontario
- Provision Coalition
Prepare Your Organization for the Canadian Agricultural Partnership
Being ready to apply early in the process, with a strong project, will greatly increase your probability of success. Participate in our upcoming webinar to uncover the latest updates to the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, including how it’s changed from Growing Forward 2, and how your organization can access it once the new program is officially launched.