Project Description

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Dairy Processing Investment Fund (DPIF)

The Dairy Processing Investment Fund was established to provide funding to dairy processors for investments that will improve productivity and competitiveness, and help them adapt to market changes resulting from the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). The program will provide non-repayable contributions to support projects through:

  • Capital Investment in equipment and infrastructure
  • Access to Expertise to engage private sector technical, managerial, and business expertise

The Fund will also allow an applicant to request access to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada scientist(s), at an Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Research and Development Centre, in order to conduct collaborative research on a project relating to improving an existing product, practice, process, and/or technology.


Up to $10 Million in total grant value, per year.

  • 50% coverage on the first $2 Million of eligible expenditures
  • 25% coverage on eligible expenditures over $2 Million


Application deadline is March 31, 2021.

Eligible Applicants

  • For-profit organizations, including co-operatives, which are small and medium cheese makers
  • For-profit organizations, including large cheese makers and all other organizations involved in processing dairy products in Canada whose projects have benefits that accrue broadly, namely:
    1. the application of technologies to make use of surplus skim milk (for example, a project to purchase and install new milk drying equipment); or
    2. increasing the facility’s capacity to use milk or milk components by 1.6% (rate established based on the expected impact from CETA) above the market forecast growth, through expansion or new product development
  • Not-for-profit organizations involved in or representing the dairy processing sector in Canada
    Note: Not-for-profit organizations operating dairy processing facilities which manufacture dairy products for commercial sale may apply for capital assistance related to those operations. All other not-for-profit organizations are only eligible for Access to Expertise projects

Only projects related to dairy processing will be considered as eligible under the Fund.

Eligible Activities

For Capital Investment projects:

  • Construction, expansion and/or modernization of dairy processing establishments in Canada
  • Improving manufacturing technologies and processes, or the introduction of new or improved products
  • Engagement of external consultants/expertise related to the implementation, certification or validation of plant improvements

For Access to Expertise projects:

  • Business improvement and market development, such as: analyzing current business processes; identifying best practices; planning/proposing strategies and investments; production problem solving; near to market product development; and, facilitating knowledge transfer
  • Collaborative research with AAFC relating to improving existing products, practices, processes, and/or technology


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