Project Description

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Canada Agricultural Partnership – Ontario

The Canada Agricultural Partnership (CAP) is a five-year, $3 Billion investment by federal, provincial and territorial governments to strengthen the agriculture and agri-food sector – a key area of economic growth and job creation – to deliver the greatest benefits for farmers, food processors and Canadian families.

Funding

Grant values can range from $5,000 – $200,000 (25% – 50% Contribution Ratio)

Deadline

Application deadline is May 6, 2019.

Program Guidelines Summary

  • Asset Ownership – Processors must retain ownership of the assets for at least 2 years from the expiration date of the Contribution Agreement
  • Leasing – Lease costs towards the principal value are eligible costs; however, financing costs are not eligible
  • Merit Based – Approval decisions are made based on the Merit Assessment Criteria for each project category

Processor Streams

Funding

  • 25% cost-share up to a maximum grant of $250,000
  • $1,000,000 in eligible expenditure costs to maximize grant request

Overview

  • Processors seeking to enhance labour productivity and improve business results by implementing:
  • New or novel technological and equipment upgrades (adopted by fewer than 20% of the Ontario sector to date) or;
  • Technological or equipment upgrades at Northern Ontario or Indigenous Partner businesses, which may or may not be new/novel in Ontario
  • Required documentation:
  • Audit, assessment or productivity implementation plan that demonstrates the need and impact of the project in addressing current deficiencies, opportunities or risks

Eligible Activities & Expenditures  

  • Capital expenses and installation or configuration costs directly related to improving labour productivity with new, automated advanced manufacturing, robotic equipment and technology and/or software systems
  • Development of new (or translation of existing) manufacturing policies, feedback systems, preventative maintenance procedures and standard operational procedures (ex. processing standards, preventative maintenance routines, and employee scheduling systems)
  • One-time costs associated with training key personnel on project-related new equipment, technology and software systems
  • One-time labour costs specifically required for the project, such as third-party advisory fees
  • One-time costs for rental facilities, processing equipment or machinery required specifically for the project

Funding

  • 35% cost-share up to a maximum grant of $100,000
  • Approximately $290,000 in eligible costs to maximize grant request

Overview

  • Processors seeking to put in place software systems that will streamline and integrate business applications and contribute to improved business results
  • Required documentation: Enterprise Resource Planning or supply chain audit/assessment showing need for project, conducted internally or by a consultant or business advisor

Eligible Activities & Expenditures

  • Resource management plan implementation that involves evaluation, procurement, development, and customization of new ERP/supply chain optimization systems (ex. directly related advisory services, software and hardware involved with installation and customization)
  • First-time development of reports or dashboards that integrate meaningful metrics and benchmarks related to resource management, supply chain and productivity performance
  • First-time costs to implement a supply chain optimization that improves compatibility and interface with training partners
  • One-time costs associated with training personnel on new project-related systems
  • One-time labour costs specifically required for the project, such as third-party advisory costs
  • One-time costs for rental facilities, processing equipment of machinery required specifically for the project

Funding

  • 35% cost-share up to a maximum grant of $75,000
  • Approximately $215,000 in eligible expenditure costs to maximize grant request

Overview

  • Processors wishing to significantly increase their sales by developing new products or processes

Eligible Activities & Expenditures  

  • Third-party advisory costs for product and process development activities including:
  • Scale-up trials
  • Testing or analysis to verify and complement the development process
  • Capital expenses and installation or configuration costs related to:
  • Acquiring new processing equipment and technology
  • Retrofitting or modifications of existing processing equipment and technology
  • First-time training of key personnel on new, project-related equipment and processes

Funding

  • 35% cost-share up to a maximum grant of $75,000
  • Approximately $215,000 in eligible expenditure costs to maximize grant request

Overview

  • Processors wishing to increase ingredient efficiency and reduce waste by implementing:
  • New or novel technologies (adopted by fewer than 20% of the Ontario sector to date);
  • Technology or equipment upgrades in Northern Ontario and Indigenous Partner businesses, which may or may not be new/novel in Ontario
  • Required documentation: Audit, assessment or productivity plan, showing need and impact of the project in addressing current deficiencies, opportunities or risks

Eligible Activities & Expenditures

  • Costs of input and waste measurement, metering and monitoring equipment, including modification and improvements to existing systems
  • Costs of software and reporting systems directly related to input and waste measurement, metering and monitoring equipment
  • System installation, calibration and optimization of input and waste measurement, metering and monitoring equipment
  • First-time activities and advisory services
  • Capital expenses and installation or configuration costs directly related to achieving input efficiencies and waste reduction with new automated, advanced manufacturing, robotic equipment and technology and/or software systems
  • One-time labour costs specifically required for the project, such as third-party advisory fees
  • One-time training of key personnel on project-related new equipment, technology, and processes
  • One-time costs for rental of facilities, processing equipment or machinery required specifically for the project

Funding:

  • 50% cost-share up to a maximum grant of $75,000
  • Approximately $150,000 in eligible expenditure costs to maximize grant request

Overview

  • Food processors with fewer than 100 employees that are implementing or improving food safety and traceability systems and practices to a recognized standard by writing programs and standards and purchasing related equipment, upgrading facilities, conducting laboratory testing specifically required to reduce food safety risks, and initial food safety certification.

Eligible Activities & Expenditures

  • In-kind time (to a maximum of $2,000 in cost-share funding per project) or third-party costs to develop written policies, procedures, schedules and records, concerning:
    • Personnel and handling (worker practices)
    • Cleaning and sanitizing
    • Water treatment and testing
    • Pest control
    • Preventative maintenance and calibration
    • Facility interior and exterior (e.g., facility environment)
    • Shipping and receiving
    • Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) or Preventive Control Plan (PCP)
    • Product recall
    • Traceability (ability to trace product and/or attributes through the facility and/or supply chain)
    • Process controls (e.g., procedures that indicate the minimum internal product temperature and the minimum holding time that produce lethality)
    • Existing written food safety and traceability systems
    • Other food safety and traceability practices (e.g., management commitment, food defense)
  • One-time labour costs specifically required for the project, such as third party advisory fees
  • Third-party costs for a qualified individual to develop or perform validation studies, examples include:
    • Validation of control measures outlined in HACCP plans or PCPs
    • Validation of cleaning and sanitizing, water treatment and allergen programs
    • Validation of food safety process control measures (e.g., fermented sausage)
    • Shelf life studies
    • Cost of acquiring scientific and technical documentation to demonstrate that the control measures can control the identified hazard to a specified outcome. Examples include: scientific journal articles or other published scientific literature; Health Canada guidelines, processing authority documents, instructions or research; written information from industry experts or consultants; university extension publications
    • In-plant studies, research or evaluation of historical data
    • Reference to legally defined Critical Control Points (e.g., thermal processing for the pasteurization of milk)
    • Testing performed by an accredited laboratory to obtain validation results
  • Equipment and associated training to operate the equipment for the implementation of written food safety programs or traceability systems
  • Costs related to supporting or managing information sharing networks (e.g. cloud-based subscription costs, one-time dedicated project staff), limited to the duration of the project
  • Initial GS1 Canada costs, limited to one-time company Prefix Licence expense, initial activation and one-time annual fee with national product registry (does not include initial individual product registrations)
  • Barcoding systems, automated product identification systems
  • Capital costs (building or production site upgrades) to support the implementation of written food safety and traceability systems
  • First-time certification audit from an internationally or nationally recognized program or scheme (e.g., GFSI, Food Safety Enhancement Program (FSEP))

Funding:

  • 35% cost-share up to a maximum grant of $75,000
  • Approximately $215,000 in eligible expenditure costs to maximize grant request

Overview

  • Processors wishing to significantly increase their export sales in existing or new markets by implementing a comprehensive export marketing plan
  • Required documentation:
    • Market research analysis supporting entry into the specific export market;
    • Sales targets and assessment of other potential business impacts

Eligible Activities & Expenditures

  • Implementation of a marketing plan for entry into a new export market, or introduction of a new product within an existing export market for an agri-based bio-product, food or beverage
  • Shipping costs for a tradeshow product samples that are not intended for resale
  • One-time labour costs specifically required for the project, such as third-party advisory fees
  • One-time costs for rental facilities, processing equipment or machinery required specifically for the project
  • Travel meal and costs

Funding

  • 35% cost-share up to a maximum grant of $50,000
  • Approximately $145,000 in eligible expenditure costs to maximize grant request

Overview

  • Processors wishing to significantly increase their product sales in Canada by implementing a comprehensive business or marketing plan

Eligible Activities & Expenditures

  • Implementation of a business or marketing plan to expand or maintain domestic market access, or access a new market for an agri-based bio-product, food or beverage
  • Shipping costs for tradeshow product samples that are not intended for re-sale
  • One-time labor costs specifically required for the project, such as third-party advisory fees
  • One-time costs for rental of facilities, processing equipment or machinery required specifically for the project
  • Travel and meal costs

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