AgriRisk Administrative Capacity Building Initiative - Guidelines
Effective as of November 12, 2014
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For the purposes of this Initiative Guideline, the terms below shall have the following meanings:
"Agriculture Risk Management Tool" means a tool, product, or strategy that has already been developed by a Person with the purpose of reducing the exposure to unique risks faced by agricultural producers. Risks include, but are not limited to, plant or animal production risks, input price risks, output price risks or marketing transaction risks;
"Applicant" means a Person who applied to be a Recipient under the Initiative with a project proposal for an Agriculture Risk Management Tool;
"Business Day" means any working day, Monday to Friday inclusive, but excluding statutory and other holidays on which the Ministry has elected to be closed for business;
"Canada" means her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, as represented by the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, unless the context indicates otherwise;
"Fiscal Year" means the period between April 1 of a year and March 31 of the following year;
"Initiative" means the AgriRisk Administrative Capacity Building Initiative;
"Initiative Guidelines" means this document;
"Minister" means the Minister of Agriculture and Food, or any such other Minister who may be designated from time to time as the responsible Minister in relation to the Initiative in accordance with the Executive Council Act unless the context indicates otherwise;
"Ministry" means the Ministry of Agriculture and Food or such other Ministry that has been designated as being responsible for the Initiative, unless the context indicates otherwise;
"Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Act" means the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. M. 16, as amended;
"OIC" means the Order in Council that provides the authority for this Initiative;
"Ontario" means Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Ontario, as represented by the Minister of Agriculture and Food, unless the context indicates otherwise;
"Payment" means the direct or indirect provision of financial assistance under the Initiative;
"Person" for the purposes of this Initiative Guideline means a not- for-profit corporation; and
"Recipient" means a Person that receives a Payment under a transfer payment agreement that is signed by the Minister or the Minister's authorized delegate under the Initiative.
The purpose of the Initiative is to facilitate the initial implementation and/or initial administration of Agriculture Risk Management Tools that will address agriculture producers' needs by providing time limited government assistance.
Commencement of Initiative
The Initiative will begin on November 22, 2013.
Termination of Initiative
The Initiative will terminate no later than March 31, 2018.
The Initiative will terminate prior to March 31, 2018 in the event there is an insufficient appropriation for the Initiative or the Ministry does not receive the necessary monies from Canada for the Initiative. Where the Initiative is terminated pursuant to this Initiative Guideline, the following rules will apply:
The Minister may terminate this Initiative at any time if the Minister determines that the Initiative should not continue. Where the Minister terminates the Initiative pursuant to this section of this Initiative Guideline, the following rules shall apply:
The Initiative is part of Growing Forward 2, a federal, provincial and territorial initiative. Funding under the Initiative is cost-shared between Canada and Ontario sixty (60) per cent and forty (40) per cent respectively.
The Minister may provide to any Person any funding that is required, contemplated or permitted under the Initiative.
With the exception of Payments to create a capital reserve for insurance-based programming, the maximum Payment under the Initiative per Recipient shall not exceed five million ($5,000,000) dollars per Fiscal Year. This means that a Person could be eligible for funding for one or multiple Agriculture Risk Management Tools during a Fiscal Year provided that the funding does not exceed five million dollars during that Fiscal Year.
Funding under the Initiative is limited to eligible costs that are incurred within the first (5) years a project proposal is approved or when the Initiative terminates on March 31, 2018, which ever date is earlier.
The maximum Payment to a Recipient to create a capital reserve for insurance-based programming is up to one million two hundred and fifty thousand dollars ($1,250,000) per Agriculture Risk Management Tool under this Initiative.
Eligibility Under the Initiative
Activities directly related to the initial implementation and/or administration of Agriculture Risk Management Tools are considered eligible for assistance under the Initiative.
At a minimum, the Person shall meet the following general eligibility requirements in order to be a Recipient under the Initiative:
For greater certainty, initial implementation and/or administration of Agriculture Risk Management Tools comprise activities that are necessary in order to make the Agriculture Risk Management Tools available to industry or to increase their adoption and availability to industry, including but not limited to:
The following shall not be considered eligible for assistance under the Initiative:
Funding for Initiative activities shall not be used for any costs that are unreasonably incurred or are not directly related to activities that would further the implementation and/or adoption of an Agriculture Risk Management Tool. The following costs are ineligible costs:
No Person shall be eligible to be a Recipient under the Initiative unless that Person meets all of the requirements set out in the OIC and the Initiative Guidelines. If the Person's project proposal is accepted by Ontario, the Person must enter into an agreement with Ontario, and funding is contingent on fulfilling all the terms and conditions of the agreement.
Project Proposal Submission Deadline
Project proposals submitted after September 30, 2017 may not be considered for funding under the Initiative.
Submission of Project Proposals
Project proposals submitted under the Initiative must contain the following information to be considered:
Evaluation of a Project Proposal
The Ministry will select a team of staff to evaluate each project proposal against the Initiative eligibility requirements as set out in the Initiative Guidelines. The evaluation team may be composed of staff such as policy specialists, sector specialists, business development specialists and financial management specialists.
During the evaluation stage, the Ministry will have the ability to request in writing additional details on the project proposal from the Applicant. The Applicant will have up to fifteen (15) calendar days to provide the requested details in writing to the Ministry or in the event the details will take longer than fifteen (15) calendar days, the Ministry has the discretion to extend the fifteen (15) calendar days based on exceptional circumstances demonstrated by the Applicant.
The evaluation team will evaluate each project proposal, including the Agriculture Risk Management Tool described in the project proposal against a rating scale focusing on:
If the project proposal meets the eligibility criteria set out in these Guidelines, passes the evaluation stage, and it is considered by the Minster to be a project that can be supported, the Ministry will champion the project to Canada in an effort to seek Canada's approval. Note that if a project proposal is accepted for funding, there is no legal or other right to receive the specific amount of funding requested in the project proposal nor the maximum funding set out above under "Funding for the Initiative".
The Ministry will inform the Applicant in writing whether or not its project proposal meets the eligibility criteria, share a summary of the evaluation and whether or not the Ministry will champion the project proposal to Canada.
No Right to Receive Payment
Submitting a project proposal, including any Payment under the Initiative, does not create any legal or other right to receive a Payment under the Initiative.
Pro-Ration of Payment
Despite anything else contained in the OIC or Initiative Guideline, the Minister may pro-rate any Payment that a Person may be eligible to receive under the Initiative if such a pro-ration of the Payment is reasonable.
Recipient Receiving Payments When Not Entitled
If a Recipient receives a Payment that it is not otherwise entitled to receive under the Initiative (through administrative error or otherwise, including but not limited to knowingly providing false or misleading information under the Initiative), that debt shall be considered a debt that is owed to Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Ontario and the Recipient will be required to repay any such Payment.
Providing False Misleading Information
Any Recipient who knowingly provides or has provided false or misleading information under the Initiative shall, in addition to being required to immediately return any Payment received under the Initiative, have its participation in the Initiative terminated.
Collection of Debts Under Initiative
The Ministry will recover any debt owed to Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Ontario in a manner that is consistent with the Ministry's collections practice and in consideration of all applicable legislation and other Government of Ontario directives.
Termination of Initiative Does Not Eliminate Debt Owing
The termination of this Initiative will not, in any way, affect the obligation of a Person, including a Recipient under the Initiative who receives money under the Initiative to repay any Payments that the Person who receives money under the Initiative was not eligible to receive under the Initiative.
Initiative Guidelines Cannot Conflict With OIC
This Initiative Guideline cannot conflict with anything contained in the OIC. For the purposes of determining whether this Initiative Guideline conflicts with the OIC, a conflict will be found if this Initiative Guideline provides for something that is prohibited under the OIC or if this Initiative Guideline provides that something is not needed which is strictly required under the OIC. A conflict shall not, however, exist if this Initiative Guideline sets out additional requirements that must be followed for an Applicant to be eligible for Payment under the Initiative or the Minister is using any authority under the OIC to change certain aspects of the Initiative. In the event of a conflict between this Initiative Guideline and the OIC, the OIC will govern to the extent of that conflict.
Amending Initiative Guidelines
The Minister or delegated authority may make changes to this Initiative Guideline at any time. Where the Minister or delegated authority makes changes to this Initiative Guideline, the following rules will apply:
Initiative inquires and project proposals must be directed to:
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