Programs For Processors

Programs for processors

The next Implementation Application Intake for producers and processors will open on November 10, 2014 and close on December 11, 2014. Please note that the Capacity application stream is still open.

Program guides and information on how to apply

Processor businesses are those that:

  • are involved in the processing, modifying or transforming agriculture commodities, food, beverage, or agricultural based bio-products in Ontario.
  • file business and/or farm income/loss taxes in Ontario.
  • new processor

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Partnering for Success

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) will deliver Growing Forward 2 to processors across the province. For more information, please contact the Agricultural Information Contact Centre (AICC).

Growing Forward 2 Program for Processors

Workshops and Education

Food Safety- Workshops now available

Looking to keep up to date on the latest food safety practices and help strengthen your Growing Forward 2 application? Join us for any or all of the workshops covering a variety of important food safety topics. All workshops are online, taken from the comfort of your home or business - all you need is an internet and phone connection.

Workshop dates, locations and to register

Funding Assistance for Processors

Growing Forward 2 Funding Assistance Program

GF2 is a single funding program that offers funding assistance to established processors and new processing businesses to grow profits, expand markets and manage shared risks. Funding assistance supports six areas of focus where individual businesses can apply for cost-share for Capacity Building activities and Project Implementation. Innovation is a key component present throughout all areas of focus. The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) will deliver Growing Forward 2 funding assistance for processors across the province.

The GF2 cost-share funding cap for a single processing business covering both Capacity Building activities and Project Implementation is $350,000 over the 5-years timeframe of the program (April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2018).

Capacity Building Funding Assistance

Starting June 26, 2013, cost-share opportunities for Capacity Building activities is available to eligible processors on a continuous basis. Processors can access 50 per cent cost-share towards projects under Capacity Building.

Funding assistance will support eligible Capacity Building activities in three types of projects:

  1. Education, skills development and training;
  2. Assessment and audit; and
  3. Planning
How to Apply for Capacity Building
  1. Complete the GF2 enrolment on-line through the GF2 Client Portal or submit your completed paper enrolment form.
  2. Complete your application on-line through the GF2 Client Portal or submit your completed paper application form for Capacity Building activities.

Implementation Funding Assistance

Starting September 9 to October 24 and December 16, 2013 to January 30, 2014 cost-share opportunities for Implementation Funding Assistance will be available to eligible processors and new processing businesses during these intake dates. Processors can access 35 per cent cost-share towards projects and 50 percent cost-share towards innovative projects. We encourage applicants to include a strong rationale for their projects, and a well-developed plan. Project selection will be based on evaluation criteria.

How to Apply for Implementation Funding Assistance
  1. Complete the GF2 enrolment on-line through the GF2 Client Portal or submit your completed paper enrolment form.
  2. Complete your application on-line through the GF2 Client Portal or submit your completed Processor Application for Implementation.

Intake Dates

Please refer to Program Guides for additional and most up-to-date information.

Areas of Focus

Funding assistance will support activities in six areas with innovation being embedded throughout. Examples of eligible projects for funding assistance are outlined in the Program Guides.

Link to program activities in these focus areas:

Apply For Growing Forward 2

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Author: OMAFRA Staff
Creation Date: 19 March 2013
Last Reviewed: 29 July 2014