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New Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) Launched

The new Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) was announced in February 2018 and was launched on April 1 2018. CAP is a five-year, $3 billion, federal-provincial-territorial agreement that will replace Growing Forward 2 (GF2).

CAP will focus on three key areas:

  • Growing trade and expanding markets – $297 million.
    • Includes AgriMarketing ($121M) and AgriCompetitiveness ($20.5M).
  • Innovative and sustainable growth in the sector – $690 million.
    • Includes AgriScience ($338M) and AgriInnovate ($128M).
  • Supporting diversity and a dynamic, evolving sector – $166.5 million.
    • Includes AgriDiversity ($5M) and AgriAssurance ($74M).

Application forms and guides for federal programs under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership are now available. Applicants are encouraged to apply early!

The government is also in the process of developing bilateral agreements for CAP federal/provincial cost-shared programs for each province. The provincial programs will be cost-shared on a 60:40 basis and administered by provinces and territories

Further information is now available about for the following provincial programs: Note: links will be added  once provincial/territorial bilateral agreements have been announced.

NorthBridge Consultants has been assisting companies access government funding for over 25 years. As one of the largest independent government funding consulting firms in Canada, our objective is to maximize the government funding potential for your company. Contact us today to find out how much funding your company could receive.

Canadian Agricultural Partnership: Innovate. Grow. Prosper.

New $3B Canadian Agriculture Partnership Announced- Applications Now Open

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On February 13th, 2018, federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay announced six federal programs under the new Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP), which is set to launch on April 1, 2018.

CAP is a five-year, $3 billion, federal-provincial-territorial agreement that will replace Growing Forward 2 (GF2).

GF2 currently includes AgriInnovation, AgriCompetitiveness and AgriMarketing. The new CAP will continue supporting these programs with AgriInnovation renamed to AgriInnovate, and include three additional programs; AgriDiversity, AgriAssurance and AgriScience.

According to MacAulay, “These initiatives will focus on priorities such as growing trade and expanding markets, innovation and sustainable growth of the sector, and supporting diversity and a dynamic, evolving sector”

CAP will focus on three key areas:

  • Growing trade and expanding markets – $297 million.
    • Includes AgriMarketing ($121M) and AgriCompetitiveness ($20.5M).
  • Innovative and sustainable growth in the sector – $690 million.
    • Includes AgriScience ($338M) and AgriInnovate ($128M).
  • Supporting diversity and a dynamic, evolving sector – $166.5 million.
    • Includes AgriDiversity ($5M) and AgriAssurance ($74M).

Application forms and guides for federal programs under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership are now available. Applicants are encouraged to apply early!

NorthBridge Consultants has been assisting companies access government funding for over 25 years. As one of the largest independent government funding consulting firms in Canada, our objective is to maximize the government funding potential for your company. Contact us today to find out how much funding your company could receive.

Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show in Woodstock, Ontario

Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show is a three-day agricultural event held at Canada’s Outdoor Park in Woodstock, Ontario. This event is expecting to draw in approximately 42,900 attendees and over 750 exhibitors from September 15-17, 2015. The gates open from 8:30 A.M to 5:00 P.M. This informative event will be useful for farmers and other agriculture and agri-food professionals who work in the beef, goat, sheep, swine, and poultry industries. Although programming is subject to change, attendees will have the opportunity to observe demonstrations of state-of-the-art agricultural technologies, such as  sprayer, manure application, soil stabilizer, cattle handling, and planting and seeding technologies. In addition to learning about the latest products and services available in market, farmers will also be given the opportunity to learn about traceability programs as well as government funding, specifically the federal-provincial-territorial Growing Forward 2 (GF2) program.

Under the GF2 program, there are various funding options that companies in the agriculture and agri-food industry may be eligible for if they are involved in R&D activities as well as the commercialization/adoption of innovative products. One such initiative is AgriInnovation, which has two funding streams: the Research and Development Stream (Grant) and the Enabling Commercialization Stream (Loan). In the grant-based R&D stream, companies may receive up to 50% of eligible costs as a non-repayable grant. Eligible expenditures include travel, contractors, administration, salaries/benefits, and project-related equipment. In the loan-based commercialization stream, companies may be eligible for an interest-free loan for 50% of eligible expenditures, to a maximum of $10 million, related to the commercialization and/or adoption of innovative products.

With 20 years’ experience in securing government funding for companies that conduct R&D activities, our team of engineers and technical writers can assist with both AgriInnovation streams.

AgriInnovation: Research and Development Stream

The AgriInnovation Program (AIP) was introduced by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in 2013 as part of the five-year Growing Forward 2 Initiative. The program received $468 million to support companies in the agriculture industry that are participating in research and development activities. The AIP is divided into two application streams: industry-led Research and Development, and Enabling Commercialization and Adoption.

The Research and Development stream is looking to support innovative agriculture projects that are in the pre-commercialization stage. There are two types of projects that are eligible for this application stream: Agri-Science Clusters and Agri-Science Projects. An Agri-Science Cluster is defined as a project that involves the industry, academic institutions, and the government and is also national in reach. An Agri-Science Project is defined as a single project or a set of small projects that are less extensive than a cluster and can be local, regional, or national in reach. Companies engaged in either type of project in this stream can apply for non-repayable funding of up to 50% of eligible project costs to a maximum of $5 million. Eligible project costs include labour, contracted services, travel, capital assets, and administration.

Our NorthBridge team of business analysts and technical writers can assist with the identification of eligible projects, the completion of application information, the preparation of financial information, the creation of business plans, and the required reporting after application submission.

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Canada’s Performance in Innovation

Ottawa based think tank, The Conference Board, released a series of reports called “How Canada Performs: A Report Card on Canada,” which assesses Canada’s quality of life in comparison to other countries. Canada receives grades of “B” in the majority of the sections, and received a grade of “A” in the Education and Skills section. However Canada’s performance in Innovation is poor, with the think tank assigning the country a grade of “D.” According to the report, Canada ranks second last in the amount businesses spend on R&D and in venture capital expenditures. However the country does well in terms of the quality of scientific research and the creation of new businesses.

The Canadian government provides a variety of funding to provide financial support for companies to undertake innovation projects. The Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) tax credit is the most popular funding source for R&D projects, but there also exist various grants and loan programs such as IRAP, AgriInnovation Program, Innovation Demonstration Fund, and the Southern Ontario Fund for Investment in Innovation (SOFII), to name a few. The Canadian government ranks 8th in terms of R&D spending for business; yet, Canadian business spending on R&D has dropped to 0.89% of GDP in 2011, from 1.29% of GDP in 2001. US businesses spend twice as much on R&D, and Finnish businesses three times as much on R&D compared to Canadian businesses. The onus is on Canadian businesses to ensure that they receive full value from generous  government funding initiatives.

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