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Canada Agricultural Partnership – Alberta

The Canada Agricultural Partnership (CAP) is the successor to the 2013-2018 Growing Forward 2 program that was administered by the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency (ALMA).

In Alberta, the CAP program represents a federal – provincial investment of $406 million in strategic programs and initiatives designed to strengthen the agriculture and agri-food sector. As a key area of economic growth and job creation, the CAP program aims to deliver the greatest benefits for farmers, food processors and Canadian families.

The CAP program suite in Alberta has recently been released, outlining the specific funding programs. Nine of the 15 streams under the CAP program are currently accepting applications. Applications and program details consisting of cost-shares and eligible activities and/or items are now available for these program streams. The criteria for eligibility along with the program details can be found below.

The Canadian Agricultural Partnership delivers programs developed in consultation with stakeholders, and is organized under five themes:

  • Products, Market Growth and Diversification
  • Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change
  • Science and Research
  • Risk Management
  • Public Trust


Total program size is $3 Billion. Funding amounts and contribution ratios range, depending on the specific funding stream.

The next application submission deadline is April 30, 2019.

The purpose of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership Emerging Opportunities Program is to enable growth and diversification of Alberta’s value-added industries through the development and commercialization of new or emerging opportunities in the agricultural sector. The Program targets opportunities that have the potential to provide a new impact on the sector.


Up to 50% of eligible costs to a maximum of $1 Million in total grant funding.

Eligible Activities

The following activities may be included in an Application submitted by an Applicant that is an Agri-Business or a Processor:

  • Activities required to adopt, adapt, install, or evaluate new technology (equipment) or processes
  • Activities associated with training for the use of innovative technologies or processes
  • Activities associated with the monitoring, documentation, reporting, and communications on the effectiveness of adopted new technologies or processes
  • Any other activity deemed eligible by the Minister that supports an emerging opportunity in the Sector and encourages diversification of the Sector

The next application submission deadline is April 1, 2019

The stream provides funding between $50,000 and $500,000 per applicant per fiscal year. Funding is offered for eligible expenses incurred for market development, export preparation and planning, and product demonstration.

  • Eligible Capital Expenses receive a maximum 25% grant and 75% applicant cost-share
  • Eligible Non-Capital Expenses receive a maximum 50% grant and 50% applicant cost-share

Program purpose

The purpose of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership Value-Added Products to Markets Program is to support the growth of Alberta’s value-added Food Processors and Bio-Industrial Processors. The Program targets projects that enable business growth through increased sales related to the development of new products, adoption of state-of-the-art processes, commercialization of products in new markets, and expansion of their business in local, domestic, and international markets.

Eligible activities include:

  • Processing Capacity Expansion
  • Product and Process Development
  • Label and Package Development
  • Market Development
  • Export Preparation and Planning
  • Product Demonstration

Eligible Applicants are as follows:

  • Bio-Industrial Processors
  • Food Processors
  • Eligible expenses shall be cost-shared at 50% grant and 50% applicant
  • The maximum funding that may be approved for one application is the annual program funding maximum over two fiscal years

The purpose of the Environmental Stewardship and Climate Change – Group program is to support extension delivery, carry out applied research, and strategically manage data (through producer groups and agricultural organizations) that improve producer understanding of key environmental practices that, when implemented, can increase market access for the producer.

Funding Activity:

  • Extension – 75% of eligible expenses
  • Data Collection – 90% of eligible expenses
  • Applied Research –75% of eligible expenses
  • Capital – 20% of eligible expenses

The purpose of the Environmental Stewardship and Climate Change – Producer program is to support producers in reducing negative impacts on the environment while enhancing sustainable production, managing climate change and increasing profitability in the agriculture sector.

  • Grant funding cost share of 30%70% of eligible expenses to complete the project
  • The 2018 – 2023 program funding maximum is $100,000 over the program term

The Farm Water Supply Program shares costs relating to enhancements of a producer’s on-farm water supply management, arising from a Long-Term Water Management Plan (LTWMP). These eligible costs are offered through Standard and Special Incentive projects described in detail in the Farm Water Supply Program Funding List.

Grants are available on a first-come, first-served basis for a variety of water sourcing, conservation and protection projects if they are previously identified in the producer’s approved LTWMP and meet the program’s Terms and Conditions.

  • Cost Share: 33% up to $5000

The purpose of this program is to increase water savings and reduce energy use in irrigated agriculture by assisting producers with the purchase of more efficient irrigation equipment and systems.

This program assists producers with eligible costs incurred for the purchase and installation of a new low-pressure centre (LPCP) pivot irrigation system, a drip irrigation system or an upgrade of an existing irrigation system.

Applicants are only eligible to receive one payment per parcel of land under the program. For each parcel, applicants are eligible to receive either:

40% of eligible costs, up to a maximum of $5,000, for either

  • Equipment upgrades on the parcel
  • An upgrade on the parcel from an existing irrigation system to a surface drip irrigation system
  • $15,000 of the eligible costs for an upgrade on the parcel from a gravity, side-wheel or high-pressure centre pivot irrigation system to a new LPCP system or a subsurface drip irrigation system.

The purpose of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership Products to Markets Program is to support growth of Alberta’s agricultural industries by supporting the development of New Products and/or Processes, commercialization of products in New Markets, and expansion into local, domestic and international markets.

  • Non Capital; 50% grant and 50% applicant cost share
  • Processing Capacity Expansion Project – Capital; 25% grant and 75% applicant cost share

This program supports initiatives that build industry communication capacity to increase public and consumers’ awareness and understanding of agriculture and the food production system.

  • Eligible expenses shall be cost-shared at 50% grant and 50% applicant
  • The maximum funding that may be approved for one application is the annual program funding maximum over two fiscal years

This program stream supports the development and delivery of effective agriculture education programs that are science-based, topic-driven, curricular-linked and help students use critical thinking to engage in meaningful and informed conversations about issues that affect public trust in agriculture.

Eligible activities include:

The development of new agriculture education programs, or the expansion or adaptation of existing agriculture education programs aimed at kindergarten to grade 12 students.

  • Eligible Expenses shall be cost-shared at 60% grant and 40% applicant
  • The maximum funding that may be approved for one application is the annual program funding maximum over two fiscal years


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