Growing Forward 2 for Processors

The application intake is now closed. The next application intake opens November 16 to December 3rd. 2015.

In Ontario, GF2 offers resources, tools and cost-share funding assistance to eligible processors to grow their profits, expand markets and manage shared risks.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) administers GF2 to Processors across Ontario.

How to Apply for GF2 funding assistance

  1. Sign up or update your business profile online through the GF2 Client Portal
  2. Review the GF2 Cost-share Funding Assistance Processor Guide (Version 1.1)
  3. Submit your completed Project Information Forms and other required documents with your application online through the GF2 Client Portal
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Table of Contents

Free Workshops and resources

Cost-share funding assistance program

Areas of focus

Important information before you apply

GF2 Cost-share Funding Assistance Processor Guide (Version 1.1)

Application forms

Project Information Forms - Required documents for some project categories

Application intake dates

Frequently asked questions

Contact

Free workshops and resources

Attending a free workshop or using the free tools and resources can help you to develop an impactful project and strengthen your application.

Food safety and traceability workshops

Productivity training workshop series

Traceability self-assessment for Processors

Traceability action plan online tool for Processors

Traceability action plan example for Processors

Traceability resources

Food safety self-assessment for Processors

Food safety resources

Cost-share funding assistance program

GF2 is a project-based cost-share funding assistance program that is available to processors who are actively processing, modifying or transforming agricultural commodities, food, beverages or agricultural-based bio-products in Ontario. The maximum cost-share funding that a single processor business can receive over the five-year time frame is $350,000. All projects will be assessed on merit. Only the most impactful projects will receive cost-share. Funding will be capped depending on the project category. Some project categories have prerequisites as a required condition before you apply. Approval of your project is needed before costs can be incurred and paid.


The Province may provide:

  • 50 per cent cost-share funding, up to a pre-determined cost-share cap, for projects under the assessment or audit, skills development, planning, and training project categories
  • Up to 35 per cent, up to a pre-determined cost-share cap, for remaining project categories
  • Enhanced cost-share for projects that demonstrate a high level of innovation See Appendix 3, Innovation, in the Processor Guide

We are looking to fund projects in six areas of focus that help industry work towards achieving the following priorities:

  • Use best business and leadership practices
  • Use energy, water and other inputs efficiently
  • Be better able to adapt to climate change
  • Maximize labour productivity
  • Access new and emerging markets
  • Retain and expand existing markets
  • Market products that meet buyer demand through adoption of food safety, traceability or animal welfare assurance systems
  • Respond quickly and effectively to risk
  • Reduce key risks

Areas of focus

GF2 cost-share funding assistance supports projects six areas of focus.

  1. Environment and climate change adaptation
  2. Animal and plant health
  3. Assurance systems (food safety, traceability, and animal welfare)
  4. Market development
  5. Labour productivity enhancements
  6. Business and leadership development

Innovation is key. Projects that are deemed innovative may receive higher cost-share. Refer to the Innovation checklist, Appendix 3 in the GF2 Cost-share Funding Assistance Program Guide.

Environment and climate change adaption

Projects will focus on improving the use of energy and water resources, and reducing wastewater and solid waste output.

Maximum available cost-share per project category:

  • Assessment or audit, planning, skills development and training: $5,000
  • Measure and benchmark resource and waste management efficiency: $20,000
  • Equipment of technology upgrades: $80,000
  • Waste stream equipment or technology upgrades: $100,000

Animal and plant health

GF2 funding is intended to help processors reduce the introduction and spread of disease and pests and assists the business in addressing national or industry standards for biosecurity.

Maximum available cost-share per project category:

  • Education, planning, assessment and training: $2,000
  • Improvements to manage access and traffic onto and within the operation: $25,000
  • Vehicle and equipment cleaning and disinfection: $50,000
  • Improve drainage and runoff: $25,000
  • Improve manure handling and storage: $25,000
  • Animal segregation: $50,000

Assurance systems (food safety, traceability, and animal welfare)

GF2 will fund projects that ensure processor businesses use recognized standards and put systems in place to effectively manage risk, access new markets and retain and expand existing markets. Assurance systems include food safety, traceability and animal welfare.

Maximum available cost-share per project category:

Food safety

  • Assessment: $3,800
  • Certification or audit: $7,500
  • Training or skills development: $3,800
  • Manage food safety risks: $75,000

Traceability

  • Assessment, testing, planning, training and mock recalls: $7,500
  • Skills development and training: $7,500

Animal welfare

  • Education, planning, assessment and training: $5,000
  • Improvements to animal housing and handling facilities: $50,000
  • Animal handling procedures and practices: $50,000

Market development

Projects will focus on developing domestic and global market share. It is expected that processors will access new or expanded sales channels within Ontario or across Canada, and to export markets in the USA, and other countries.

Maximum available cost-share per project category:

  • Assessment or audit: $7,500
  • Planning: $20,000
  • Skills development and training: $1,500
  • Meeting industry standards or certifications: $100,000
  • New sales and marketing activities; tools and resources for the domestic market: $50,000
  • New export market sales and market activities, tools and resources: $75,000
  • New product or process development: $75,000

Labour and productivity enhancement

GF2 funding can assist the industry to maximize profitability by encouraging the development of a highly skilled workforce, adopting new technologies, implementing new business practices, as well as re-designing facilities, sites and manufacturing lines.

Maximum available cost-share per project category:

  • Assessment, audit, skills development and training: $10,000
  • Planning: $20,000
  • Technology, equipment and software systems upgrades: $100,000
  • Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and supply chain management: $100,000

Business and leadership development

GF2 provides funding that will help processors improve their understanding of their business operations and position them to make informed decisions related to financial and risk management, business growth, leadership and governance, and production efficiencies.

Maximum available cost-share per project category:

  • Assessment, audit, planning, skills development and training: $15,000

Important information before you apply

Applicants must have a Premises Identification Number for the business location where the proposed project activity will occur. Applicants can get one free through the Provincial Premises Registry website or by calling 1-855-697-7743.

GF2 Cost-share Funding Assistance Program Guide for Processors

It is recommended that you take the time to read the Processor Guide before applying.

Application forms and how to apply

Processor applicants can complete their enrolment form and applications online through the GF2 Client Portal.

If you want, complete your forms in paper. Send your paper enrolment and applications by mail or fax to OMAFRA. See enrolment and paper application forms below for details. Send to:

Growing Forward 2
c/o Rural Programs Branch
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
1 Stone Rd West
4th Floor
Guelph ON N1G 4Y2
Fax: 519-341-6035

Paper enrolment form
Paper application form

Project Information Forms - New

You may be required to complete one of the following project information forms related to your project and include it with your application. You can submit it by attaching it to your online application or mail or fax the completed form to OMAFRA.

If you cannot access these files contact the Agricultural Information Contact Centre at 1-877-424-1300 or send an email to ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca

A.1: Measure and benchmark resource and waste management efficiency

A.2: Equipment or technology upgrades

A.3: Waste stream equipment or technology upgrades

B.1-B.5: Animal and Plant Health

C.0.1: Traceability assessment, testing, planning and mock recalls

C.0.4: Food safety assessment

C.0.5: Food safety certification or audit

C.0.6: Food safety training or skills development

C.1: Improvements to animal housing and handling facilities & C.2: Animal handling procedures and practices

C.3: Manage food safety risk

D.1: Meeting industry standards or practices

D.2: New export market sales and marketing activities, tools and resources

D.3: New sales and marketing activities, tools and resources for the domestic market

D.4: New product or process development

E.1: Technology, equipment and software systems upgrades

E.2: Enterprise resource planning (ERP) and supply chain management

Application intake dates

Processors can submit their completed applications during these dates:

May 1 to May 21, 2015
August 10 to August 27, 2015
November 16 to December 3, 2015

Frequently asked questions

Q. How long does it take to find out if an application is successful?
A. Applicants will be notified on the status of their project within approximately 60 working days from the end of the application intake.

Q. When can my project start?
A. Applicants are encouraged to get approval prior to starting the project. Projects initiated prior to approval assume all risk of not being approved. Expenses incurred prior to approval are not eligible for funding. See the program guide for GF2 timelines.

Q. Can I apply for more than one project at a time?
A. Yes, all applicants that do not already have two approved GF2 projects underway can submit a maximum of two applications per intake provided one application is for a project from the assessment/audit, planning, skills development and training project categories and one application is for a project under the remaining (i.e. other) project categories. Applicants that already have two approved GF2 projects underway are limited to one application (for a project in any of the project categories). Applicants that already have three approved GF2 projects underway must wait to submit an application until at least one of their GF2 projects currently underway is fully complete.

Q. How will I find out if my application is successful?
A. The ministry will notify you by letter within approximately 60 working days from the close of the intake to confirm if your project has been successful.

Q. Do you tell people if their project is declined?
A. Yes. The ministry will notify you by letter within approximately 60 working days from the close of the intake to inform you of the status of your project.

Q. If my project is declined, can I find out why?
A. Yes, the notification letter will provide contact details for a Project Analyst within the ministry. The identified Project Analyst can be contacted to discuss why a project was not successful.

Contact

For more information contact the Agricultural Information Contact Centre 1-877-424-1300 or send an email to ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca

Strong Partnerships in Action

To accelerate the effectiveness and long term success of Growing Forward 2 in Ontario, the ministry has developed strong partnerships with innovative and experienced organizations. Learn more about our GF2 partners.



Author: OMAFRA Staff
Creation Date: 19 March 2013
Last Reviewed: 7 Aug 2015