New Funding Support for Food Processors
November 7, 2019
By Bob Peters
Cornwall Ontario – New funding is now available to help food processors grow their business.
Beginning in November, Ontario food processors and other businesses can apply for support under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership. This is part of a commitment to help the agri-food sector grow and support projects that boost innovation, economic development, environmental stewardship and food safety.
This intake is tailored to agri-food businesses looking to increase food safety, develop new markets and expand their operations with the goal of increasing competitiveness, prosperity and sustainability. Cost-share funding under the Partnership is merit-based, and project funding amounts are individually established based on project categories.
Applications can be submitted until November 26, 2019, at 5:00 pm EDT.
“Our government is committed to helping food processors and other important contributors in our agri-food sector be even more competitive and grow their businesses,” said Ernie Hardeman, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “Investing in these projects will boost innovation, enhance productivity and increase sales for our food processing sector and open the doors to new markets for the incredibly safe, high-quality foods they produce.”
Since June 2018, more than 2,000 projects have received commitments through the Partnership to help eligible Ontario farmers, processors, businesses and sector organizations innovate and grow.
Cost-share funding priority areas
Processors and other agri-businesses can apply for cost-share funding to support projects within the following priority areas:
- Development and commercialization of technology or equipment to increase labour productivity for farmers and processors
- Economic development in the agri-food and agri-based products sectors
- Protection and assurance in food safety and plant and animal health
In addition to the above intake, the Partnership has additional programs that support innovation, export development and more. More information, including program materials, is available on the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs website :
- The Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) is a five-year, $3-billion commitment by Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial governments that supports Canada’s agri-food and agri-products sectors.
- In Ontario, OMAFRA administers cost-share funding under the Partnership to processors and other businesses (animal health, commercializers and primary agri-food businesses).
- The Ontario agri-food sector supports more than 837,000 jobs in Ontario and contributes more than $47.5 billion each year to the province’s economy.