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New Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP)- Ontario Provincial Stream

The Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) administered by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) has replaced the previous Growing Forward 2 program, and provides cost-sharing funding for processors and other agri-related businesses.

The current Application intake round for producers, processors, and other businesses will conclude on May 8, 2018  and comprises multiple streams for each category.  Additional application intake rounds will be announced in the future.

Processors can apply for CAP Ontario if:

  • They are transforming Agri products;
  • They have a valid Ontario Premises ID for where the project will take place;
  • They have filed 2 years of tax returns (new entrant processor exception applies);
  • They have all permits and approvals required for the project;
  • They have not incurred expenditures yet (any cost already incurred, aside from downpayments on equipment, may be excluded from eligibility).

EMPT-PR-F Stream: Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)

Description: Processors seeking to make an improvement at a facility that has fewer than 200 employees to put in place software systems that will integrate business applications, contributing to improving results.

Funding Details: Maximum available cost-share per project is capped at $100K, covering 35% of eligible costs.

Eligible Expenditures:

  • Development and customization of new Enterprise Resource Planning including advisory services, software and hardware involved with installation and customization.
  • One-time costs such as contract salaries, benefits and per diem fees.
  • Product shipping, distribution or routing across different transportation modes.

Eligibility Requirements:

Applications will be assessed by:

  • Resultant labor productivity and efficiencies
  • Increased sales and revenue
  • Increased profitability

EMPT-PR-C Stream: Technology and Equipment to Improve Labour Productivity

Description: Processors seeking to make an improvement to enhance labour productivity with employee count fewer than 200. New or novel technological/equipment upgrades that are adopted by less than 20% of the sector in Ontario to date OR technological upgrades made in Northern Ontario or Indigenous Partner businesses.

Funding Details: Maximum available cost-share per project is capped at $250K, covering 25% of eligible costs.

Eligible Expenditures:

  • Capital expenses relating to new processing equipment, retrofitting existing equipment, technology and software systems.
  • One-time costs relating to training key personnel on project-related new equipment, technology and software systems.

Eligibility Requirements:

Applications will be assessed by:

  • Novelty of upgrades to Ontario
  • Increased sales and revenues

Additional Streams for Processors

There are further streams that are available to agri-processors to support other activities/initiatives, such as (values capped):

  • Food safety and traceability equipment ($10k, each).
  • Ingredient efficiency and waste reduction ($75K).
  • Marketing of products outside of Canada ($50K) and internationally ($75K).
  • Monitoring plant pest and treat equipment ($25K) and training ($5K).
  • Improving animal housing ($50K), and animal handling equipment ($50K) with technology.

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.

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.

Victoria, BC Lunch & Learn- Government Funding for R&D, Innovation and International Growth

There are many Government Funding programs available to assist Canadian businesses with expenses related to R&D, new product development, manufacturing process improvements, tapping into international markets and workforce development.

Join this lunch & learn to learn about some of these programs, how they fit in the difference stages of your corporate development, and also about the limitations of government funding and the need for alternate sources of working capital.

Some of the funding programs covered include:

  • SR&ED (Scientific Research & Experimental Development)
  • IRAP (Industrial Research Assistance Program)
  • SIF (Strategic Innovation Fund)
  • SDTC (Sustainable Development Technology Canada)
  • Growing Forward / Agri-Innovation
  • BCIP (Build in Canada Innovation Program)
  • Engage, CRD, Mitacs (grants for working with universities)
  • CanExport
  • Hiring & Training Grants

About the presenter:

Jaap Siekman MSc, PEng, PMP
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Jaap is the Regional Manager for NorthBridge Consultants. He educates start-ups and growing companies on Government Funding programs that support R&D and Innovation in Canada.

Jaap has ~28 years’ experience in Engineering, Manufacturing, Product Development and Management in a variety of industries.

NorthBridge is a national consultancy firm, with offices in BC, Ontario and Quebec.

 

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