Funding Snapshot

  • Non-repayable cost-sharing
  • Focused on supporting economic development in Ontario‚Äôs agricultural sector
  • Temporary initiative running from 2018-2023

Fund Description

The Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) Economic development fund seeks to invest in Ontario’s agri-food and agri-products businesses and their value chains to expand markets and increase competitiveness, productivity and profitability.

Funding Details

Cost-share funding will focus on three key areas:

  • Market development: Developing domestic and international markets
  • Productivity: Technological improvements, increase in innovation and labour attraction
  • Protection and Assurance: Development of skills, transfer of knowledge and resources

Eligible Expenditures

Eligible expenditures include activities such as:

  • Adoption of innovations, tools, and technologies
  • Creation and commercialization of innovative products, practices, and processes
  • Sector collaboration
  • Maintenance of investments and capacity
  • Retention and expansion of domestic and international markets
  • Adjusting food safety systems to support increased growth

Examples of eligible projects include:

  • Development of Marketing plan, assessment or audit
  • New sales and marketing activities, tools and resources for the domestic/export market
  • New product/process development
  • Incubators and commercialization activities
  • Enterprise Resources Planning (ERP) and supply chain management
  • Installing technology and/or equipment to increase automation
  • Leadership development
  • Financial analysis/business assessment
  • Increasing productivity through input and waste management

Eligibility Requirements

Those who apply must be either Farmers, processors, organizations, other businesses and collaborations, Indigenous and northern communities, or manufacturers of productivity enhancing equipment for producers and processors.

Program Run

CAP-ON is a five-year program that will end on March 31, 2023.