Starting on April 3, 2018, producers, processors, and other businesses can apply for cost-share funding through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership), a new five-year commitment by Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial governments that will support Canada’s agri-food and agri-products sectors. CAP is similar to previous cost-share programs (e.g. Growing Forward 2).
Businesses can apply for funding to support projects in three key priority areas:
• Economic development in the agriculture, agri-food, and agri-based products sectors. Examples of Producer projects would include novel upgrades to technology or equipment that improve labour productivity, or developing new marketing plans to expand sales.
• Environmental stewardship to enhance water quality and soil health. Specifically, to enhance water quality and soil health. Projects that focus on responsible water and nutrient management through nutrient recovery systems would be eligible.
• Protection and assurance in food safety and plant and animal health. Projects such as adding screening to prevent movement of pests into your greenhouse, or adding an isolation area for high-risk, imported plant material would be eligible.
Producers, processors, and other businesses can apply for cost-share funding from April 3 to May 8, 2018. Program details, including how to apply, program guides and application forms are now available online at: ontario.ca/agpartnership.
In-person, “Producer Information Sessions” on the program are also being held now (April 9-21).
For Woodstock area producers, a session is being held tonight at the Woodstock Quality Inn at 7:00 pm.
For Vineland area producers, be at the Vineland OMAFRA office on April 16th at 7 pm.
For Hamilton area producers, be at the Ancaster Fairgrounds on April 17th at 7 pm. (See the schedule for additional sessions or sessions in YOUR area).
Can’t attend an in-person session? Sign up for a webinar here (click on “upcoming”).
Additionally, for many of the activities funded under CAP, growers must attend a Biosecurity Workshop to be eligible. Ten biosecurity workshops are now scheduled on OSCIA website. Most of the workshops are half-day. Find them here.
(Re-posted from ONfloriculture)