The Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) is an agreement that provides funding for innovations in the agricultural sector. It provides repayable grants to businesses as well as other entities that are directly involved in the agricultural industry.

Recognizing the importance of the agricultural sector as a driver for economic growth, the Canadian government launched CAP on April 1 of this year to provide repayable grants to various stakeholders in the agricultural sector.

 

With at least $3 billion in earmarked funds, CAP focuses on strengthening the competitiveness of the Canadian agricultural sector and providing opportunities for producers, processors, and SMEs in the face of global challenges to growth.

 

Key Areas of Focus

CAP aims to develop the Canadian agricultural sector by funding eligible For-Profit and Not-for-profit entities to undertake projects that are in line with the areas identified by CAP. These areas include:

  • Science, research, and innovation
  • Markets and trade
  • Environmental sustainability and climate change
  • Value-added agriculture and agri-food processing
  • Public trust
  • Risk Management

Federal & Provincial Funding

Federal Programs & Activities:

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada delivers federal programs under CAP aimed at generating economic growth in the agricultural sector.

There are several sub-programs under CAP – Federally Funded activities, namely:

AgriMarketing:

The program supports industry-led promotional activities that differentiate Canadian products and producers, and leverage Canada’s reputation for high quality and safe food. The program also helps some sectors maintain their domestic market.

Who can apply: Small & Medium-sized Enterprises & National Industry Associations. 

AgriCompetitiveness:

Funding will support sector-led activities such as farmer-oriented seminars, and conferences that identify industry best practices and build the capacity of the sector, farm business management, farm safety information, and tools, as well as activities which raise agricultural awareness.

Who can apply: Not-for-profit organizations including associations in Canada and Indigenous organizations.

AgriScience:

The focus of this program is to accelerate the pace of innovation, support pre-commercialization activities and invest in cutting-edge research to benefit the agricultural and agri-food sector. Project activities must address key industry and government priorities.

Who can apply: Not-for-profit organizations, Indigenous groups in the agriculture, agri-food, agri-based products sector. 

AgriInnovate:

This program focuses on initiatives to accelerate the demonstration, commercialization, and/or adoption of innovative agri-based products, technologies, processes or services that increase agri-sector competitiveness and sustainability.

The program will provide repayable contributions on projects that:

  • demonstrate a recently proven innovation
  • adopt new or world-leading agricultural products, technologies or services in clean technology, automation or robotics, and precision agriculture
  • introduce significant improvements to the value-added sector
  • provide new opportunities, or expand existing export opportunities

Who can apply: For-profit organizations operating in the agriculture, agri-food, agri-based products sectors such as businesses and corporations, co-operatives, and Indigenous organizations.

AgriDiversity:

This program provides funding to help under-represented groups in Canadian agriculture, including youth, women, Indigenous People, and people with disabilities to fully participate in the sector. It also aims to develop their skills to take a leadership role, build their entrepreneurial capacity and business skills, facilitating the sharing of industry experience, best practices, and knowledge, and to help under-represented groups to manage transformation.

Who can apply: Not-for-profit organizations including associations in Canada, Indigenous organizations, and Official Language Minority Communities.

AgriAssurance:

This program focuses on supporting initiatives for development of assurance systems and standards to foster public trust.

Who can apply: Funding is offered through two components.

For National Industry associations – Funding provided will assist industry associations (Not-for-profit organizations in the agriculture, agri-food, agri-based products sector, including fish and seafood) develop assurance systems, standards or tools, such as: food safety, animal and plant health surveillance, animal welfare, environmental sustainability, traceability, quality standards, market attributes, food defense, and system integration.

For-Profit Organizations: Businesses operating in the agriculture, agri-food, agri-based products sector, including fish and seafood, such as businesses and corporations, co-operatives, and Indigenous organizations can apply for funding to obtain third-party certification when it is required to meet an export opportunity.

Deadline

Applications from producers, processors and other stakeholders are accepted until May 8, 2018. Get a FREE consultation.

Application process

Interested organizations and individuals may undergo a pre-screening eligibility assessment and must satisfy all requirements set by the program administrator. To know which CAP program best fits your business, and to position your grant proposals for seamless approval contact EVAMAX Group.

Cost-Shared programs by federal, provincial and territorial governments

Ever since it was launched, the CAP has been accepting applications in provinces where bilateral agreements have already been arranged, namely Ontario and Quebec. This investment will be cost-shared on a 60:40 basis and delivered by provinces and territories to ensure programs are tailored to meet regional needs. Read full article

 

To know which CAP program best fits your business, and to position your grant proposals for approval contact EVAMAX Group.

 

 

The Southwestern Ontario Development Fund (SWODF) provides funding to businesses, municipalities and not-for-profit organizations for economic development in southwestern Ontario. This program supports projects that create jobs, encourage innovation, collaboration and cluster development as well as attract private sector investment.

Who Qualifies

Eligible sectors

Projects in these sectors are eligible under this program:

  • advanced manufacturing (automotive, aerospace, plastics, clean technologies)
  • life sciences
  • processing (primary and secondary)
  • information and communication technology
  • tourism
  • cultural industries

There are two types of funding offered by this program: business and regional

Business stream

In order to be eligible for this stream, you need to:

  • employ at least 10 people
  • commit to creating at least 10 new jobs
  • be able to provide 3 years of operations/financial statements
  • be located in, or plan to locate in, a community in southwestern Ontario
  • invest at least $500,000 in the project

Regional stream

In order to be eligible for the regional stream, you need to:

  • focus on economic/business development and job creation in the area
  • align with provincial and regional priorities (e.g., introducing new forms of innovation, taking part in province-led economic development initiatives)
  • invest more than $100,000
  • have private sector support
  • be used for activities that are new to the organization

*If you are a business you must apply to the Business stream.

Eligible Costs

Business stream

The following cost categories are claimable for your project:

  • Project facility modifications/upgrades required for the project
  • Equipment and machinery
  • Labour (one-time)
  • Materials (one time)
  • Specialized Expertise
  • Skills training
  • Permits and Fees

Regional Stream

The following cost categories are claimable for your project:

  • Infrastructure for immediate investment such as public infrastructure (e.g. site servicing, power service upgrades, etc.)
  • Business attraction costs
  • Project facility modifications/upgrades
  • Equipment and machinery
  • Labour (one-time)
  • Materials (one-time)
  • Specialized expertise
  • Skills training
  • Project related permits, fees, and other similar charges

Funding Available

Business stream

You can obtain up to 15% of eligible project costs to a maximum grant of $1.5 million. You need to contribute at least 50% of the total costs from your own business or private financing.

Investments of more than $10 million that also create more than 50 new jobs may be eligible for a loan of up to $5 million.

Regional stream

Up to 50% of eligible project costs are obtainable to a maximum grant of $1.5 million. You need to contribute at least 35% of total costs through your own resources or private financing.

SWODF Success

The Ministry of Economic Development and Growth reports that with help from the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund, thirty companies will be adding and retaining over 5000 jobs in total. This represents a total of over $19 million in provincial funding starting from 2016.

Our team at EVAMAX stays on top of new developments & will keep you posted on any new available opportunities for Grants & Funding. You may also check our latest articles.

Application Deadline

This program is open at this time & has a continuous intake.

 

For assistance in preparing your submission and to position your application for approval contact EVAMAX Group to help you with the process. You may also email us at info@evamax.com or call 1-877-711-7733

 

 

Go Global with Regional Economic Growth Through Innovation (REGI) program

The Eastern Ontario Development Fund (EODF) provides funding to businesses, municipalities and not-for-profit organizations for economic development in eastern Ontario. This program supports projects that create jobs, encourage innovation, collaboration and cluster development as well as attract private sector investment.

Who Qualifies

Eligible sectors

Projects in these sectors are eligible under this program:

  • advanced manufacturing (automotive, aerospace, plastics, clean technologies)
  • life sciences
  • processing (primary and secondary)
  • information and communication technology
  • tourism
  • cultural industries

There are two types of funding offered by this program: business and regional

Business stream

In order to be eligible for this stream, you need to:

  • employ at least 10 people
  • commit to creating at least 10 new jobs
  • be able to provide 3 years of operations/financial statements
  • be located in, or plan to locate in, a community in eastern Ontario
  • invest at least $500,000 in the project

Regional stream

In order to be eligible for the regional stream, you need to:

  • focus on economic/business development and job creation in the area
  • align with provincial and regional priorities (e.g., introducing new forms of innovation, taking part in province-led economic development initiatives)
  • invest more than $100,000
  • have private sector support
  • be used for activities that are new to the organization

*If you are a business you must apply to the Business stream

Eligible Costs

Business stream

The following cost categories are claimable for your project:

  • Project facility modifications/upgrades required for the project
  • Equipment and machinery
  • Labour (one-time)
  • Materials (one time)
  • Specialized Expertise
  • Skills training
  • Permits and Fees

Regional Stream

The following cost categories are claimable for your project:

  • Infrastructure for immediate investment such as public infrastructure (e.g. site servicing, power service upgrades, etc.)
  • Business attraction costs
  • Project facility modifications/upgrades
  • Equipment and machinery
  • Labour (one-time)
  • Materials (one-time)
  • Specialized expertise
  • Skills training
  • Project related permits, fees, and other similar charges

Funding Available

Business stream

You can obtain up to 15% of eligible project costs to a maximum grant of $1.5 million. You need to contribute at least 50% of the total costs from your own business or private financing.

Investments of more than $10 million that also create more than 50 new jobs may be eligible for a loan of up to $5 million.

Regional stream

Up to 50% of eligible project costs are obtainable to a maximum grant of $1.5 million. You need to contribute at least 35% of total costs through your own resources or private financing.

EODF Success

The Ministry of Economic Development and Growth reports that with help from the Eastern Ontario Development Fund, seventeen companies will be adding and retaining over 1000 jobs in total. This represents a total of over $8 million in provincial funding starting from 2016.

Our team at EVAMAX stays on top of new developments & will keep you posted on any new available opportunities for Grants & Funding. You may also check our latest articles.

Application Deadline

This program is open at this time & has a continuous intake.

 

For assistance in preparing your submission and to position your application for approval contact EVAMAX Group to help you with the process. You may also email us at info@evamax.com or call 1-877-711-7733.

 

 

Go Global with Regional Economic Growth Through Innovation (REGI) program

Program Overview

The Product Demonstration Program (PDP) looks to provide Alberta-based companies with the opportunity to develop novel and innovative technologies. The government of Alberta and the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade are providing incentives for your business to reduce time to market and commercialize your product.

In 2015, Alberta Innovates (AI) surveyed and identified key performance indicators identified by businesses that led to the success of technology development and implementation. One key factor pointed out by several companies was establishing a partner who could help transition from prototyping to sales. As a result, Alberta Innovates created the Product Demonstration Program to help companies with novel technologies find a strategic partner who could aid in the sales department.

Eligible Companies

To qualify as an Applicant, an Alberta SME is required to satisfy the following criteria:
• be a for-profit SME;
• demonstrate that the SME has engaged with a strategic partner(s), and that the relationship does
not create a conflict of interest;
• have a physical presence in Alberta;
• meet the following definition of an SME: a company with fewer than 500 Full-Time employees, and
less than $50,000,000 annual gross revenue;
• be a legal entity:
1. incorporated in Alberta; or
2. incorporated federally or in another jurisdiction and extra-provincially registered in Alberta; or
3.  a General Partnership, Limited Partnership or Limited Liability Partnership and registered in
Alberta;
• have no outstanding balance or otherwise owe money to Alberta Innovates or its subsidiaries.

Eligible Projects

To qualify for funding all projects must:
• have the participation of an Alberta-based SME as the Applicant, and at least one Strategic Partner;
• start after the execution of the Agreement between Alberta Innovates and the Applicant and must
have clear, critical “go/no go” milestones;
• be completed within two (2) years unless an extension is specifically approved in writing by Alberta Innovates;
• submit to other criteria that Alberta Innovates may develop from time to time.

Project activities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Technology optimization critical for market acceptance
  • Manufacturing of a prototype for a demonstration project
  • Applications for regulatory approval and certifications critical for market acceptance
  • Testing of a prototype in an operational environment
  • Results assessment or verification of technical data.

Eligible Expenditures

  1. Salary and benefits (one-time)
  2. Materials
  3. Capital assets & Software
  4. Sub-contractors

Funding

This program offers up to $300,000 in funding over a maximum 2-year project. The funding amount will be determined on a per-company basis depending on the needs of your business. The amount funded by Alberta Innovates must be matched by the applicant.

Application Deadline

This program has a continuous intake period.

 

For assistance in preparing your submission and to position your application for approval contact EVAMAX Group to help you with the process.

 

 

Program Overview

The Alberta Bio Future (ABF) program encourages strategic alliances between businesses and academic, research and government institutions. These alliances must focus on novel or enhanced bio-industrial products and technologies. The main purpose of this program is to utilize Alberta’s biomass and create a market that is competitive, profitable and efficient. Undoubtedly, the bio-industrial sector remains untapped, this program allows businesses the ability to enter the industry with more wealth of knowledge, by partnering with other institutions you will be better prepared to mitigate challenges.

In particular, the ABF Opportunities program is relevant for companies who would not be able to conduct their projects in a timely manner without funding. This is especially important for companies who are transitioning from research to commercialization but don’t have the financial means to do so efficiently, while also being in a time-sensitive position.

Eligible Companies

Applications must be submitted by:

  • Researchers based in Alberta, and researchers elsewhere conducting projects with
    a benefit to Alberta, or
  • Operating companies or industry groups based in Alberta.

Eligible Projects

Projects must:
• Be completed by December 31, 2020

  • Have the project work carried out primarily in Alberta.
    • Have a direct application to the bio-industrial sector. (Note: Bioindustrial products exclude food, feed or pharma products in this sub-program.)
    • Develop bio-industrial products and bio-industrial technologies that use renewable,
    sustainable biomass, with a focus on agriculture and forestry biomass, produced or available in Alberta.
    • Focus on developments leading to a competitive advantage for Alberta companies or other direct benefits to Alberta.
    • Engage a project team with demonstrated competence, experience, and the organizational capacity to successfully complete the project.

Eligible Expenditures

  1. Salary (one-time)
  2. External Consultants
  3. Travel
  4. Equipment
  5. Materials/Supplies

Funding

Funding for approved full proposals will be established on a per-company basis based on your needs.

Application Deadline

Applications will be accepted until March 31, 2019.

 

For assistance in preparing your submission and to position your application for approval contact EVAMAX Group to help you with the process.

 

 

 

Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) provides funding for clean technology development and demonstration projects (i.e., when project is past the proof-of-concept stage but has not been commercialized) through SD Tech Fund (SDTF).

SDTC evaluates projects on the basis of environmental benefits, strength of technology innovation, Technology Readiness Level (TRL), Management capability, Business plan and commercialization plan, Financial strength.

 

Funding Type:

The funding is a non-repayable contribution.

SD Tech Fund typically provides:

  • Funding of up to 33% of eligible projects costs.
  • An average contribution of $2 million to $4 million, with funds disbursed over the life of the project up to a five-year period.

 

Eligible Activities:

The project must have the potential for one of the following:

  • GHG emissions reductions,
  • Reductions in water consumption,
  • Reduction of water, soil or air contamination.

 

To be funded through SDTF, a project:

  • Must fund at least 25% of its eligible costs privately.
  • Cannot receive more than 75% of its eligible costs from other government funding sources.
  • At least 50% of its eligible project costs incurred within Canada.
  • Enter the commercialization phase within 1-5 years;

 

Eligible Costs:

  • Salaries and Contractor costs related to the project;
  • Field testing services and feasibility studies;
  • Supplies and equipment;
  • Laboratory and field supplies and materials;
  • Travel and conference expenses;
  • Print, production, and translation services,
  • Shipping costs (incl. customs fees);
  • Data collection services; and
  • Communication and distribution costs.

 

Who can apply?

  • Be a Canadian business;
  • Have a defined project and demonstrate pre-commercial technology.
  • Have a strong market potential for the technology.
  • Own the IP right to the technology; and
  • Be able to enter a legally-binding agreement with at least two other consortium partners.

 

Deadline:

This program has an open intake, however SDTC has a multi-step evaluation process: Phase 1 is the Initial Project Review; Phase 2 is the Full Project Review; Phase 3 is the Funding Approval

 

For assistance in preparing your submission and to position your application for approval contact EVAMAX Group to help you with the process. You may also email us at info@evamax.com or call 1-877-711-7733

 

 

Go Global with Regional Economic Growth Through Innovation (REGI) program