Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership)

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Funding Supports and Opportunities Currently Available

  • The application intake for the Cost-Share Funding for Ready-to-Eat (RTE) Fruit and Vegetable Packing House Businesses that are non-federally licensed is now closed. Applicants will be notified once decisions have been finalized. This stream was designed to help packing businesses reduce food safety risks through equipment and/or facility improvements, and/or enhancements to sanitation practices.
  • Cost-share funding to support honey bee health management continues to be offered. While this intake is almost fully subscribed, funding is still available. We have extended the deadline to submit applications and encourage al eligible businesses to apply as soon as possible. Eligible applications are received and assessed on a continuous basis, until the application deadline or while funding is available, whichever comes first. Program details, including how to apply, program guides, and application forms can be found on the OSCIA website. Please continue to check this page for details about upcoming programming opportunities for beekeepers.
  • The latest application intake for cost-share funding to support farmers and other businesses (plant health) in key priority areas, including economic development, environmental stewardship and protection and assurance, closed on January 6 2021 at 5 PM ET. Program details, including program guides, and application forms can be found on the OSCIA website.
  • The Meat Processors Capacity Improvement Initiative provides funding support for provincially licensed meat processors, or federally licensed meat processors in Ontario for equipment to increase efficiency and productivity. The intake closed on December 22, 2020.
  • The latest application intake for the Place to Grow: Agri-Food Innovation Initiative Funding for Sectors stream is now closed. The Ministry is reviewing applications received by 4 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on November 26, 2020. Applicants will be notified once decisions have been finalized. This stream supports agriculture and food value-chain partners in addressing emerging sector challenges and opportunities to create sector wide benefits.
  • Funding is now available to help producer businesses address immediate health and safety issues directly related to COVID-19 impacts through the Enhanced Agri-Food Workplace Protection Program. In addition to helping producer businesses, the enhanced program makes funding available to businesses that provide off-farm primary packing services and businesses that provide corn detasseling services.
    • You can find the program details for the Enhanced Agri-Food Workplace Protection Program here. Eligible submissions for project costs incurred on or after March 15, 2020 are received and assessed on a continuous basis, while funding is available or until February 26, 2021.
    • If you have already submitted an application under the Agri-Food Workplace Protection Program for Producers and you would like to discuss how this change affects your submission, you can expect to hear from us about that soon. If you prefer to speak to someone immediately, please contact us at: 1-877-424-1300.
  • The Agri-Food Workplace Protection Program for Provincially Licensed Meat Processors is now closed. The final date to complete projects and submit expenses is January 29, 2021.
  • OMAFRA has entered into a Transfer Payment Agreement with the Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS) to provide agri-food businesses, organizations and associations with educational resources, tools and consulting services to help them implement COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Additional details about businesses that may qualify can be found online on the WSPS website or by calling: 1-877-494-WSPS (9777).
  • The Agri-Food Open for E-Business Targeted Intake has been well-received and is now closed. Applications submitted before the intake pause have either received notification or are being reviewed and applicants will continue to be notified via email as decisions are made.
  • The Addressing Labour Supply and Training Challenges. supports projects that focus on helping to build a strong labour force for agri-food and agri-product sectors by implementing new, enhanced or expanded activities for attracting, training and retaining labour. Thank you for your interest, due to high demand, the intake has been fully subscribed and is now closed.
  • The Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership) provides cost-share funding for provincially licensed abattoirs to enhance food safety, animal welfare and biosecurity. Intake three supported the purchase of equipment and structural upgrades. The last application intake closed on June 30, 2020.
  • The Market Access Initiative (MAI) intake has been paused. The MAI has provided cost-share funding to support market access impacted by trade restrictions.
  • A targeted intake to support Managed Bee Health continues to be offered. Eligible applications are received and assessed on a continuous basis, while funding is available.
  • The Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership) provides cost-share funding for provincially inspected dairy plants or dairy plants inspected by Public Health who attended the OMAFRA Pasteurization training on January 23 and /or 24, 2020. The last application intake closed on June 30, 2020.
  • Farmers located in the Lake Erie or Lake St. Clair watersheds are encouraged to apply for LEADS funding. The next application intake for 2022 will be communicated once finalized. The Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association administers LEADS.

Funding Updates

Cost-Share Funding

The Partnership offers cost-share funding to support farmer, processor, other businesses, sector organizations and strategic partnerships. Funding offered through the program is subject to change based on the timing of application intakes and the availability of funds.

More information on cost-share programming is available here.

Workshops, Resources and E-learning

The ministry continues to offer workshops, resources, and eLearning opportunities at no cost for the agri-food and agri-products sectors.

Business Risk Management Support for Farmers

Funding for Business Risk Management (BRM) programs helps ensure producers are protected against significant risks that threaten the viability of their farm and are beyond their capacity to manage. In Ontario, Agricorp administers BRM programs.

Federal-Only Programs under the Partnership

In addition to shared Canada-Ontario programs, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) delivers federal programs under the Partnership aimed at generating economic growth in the agricultural sector. For more information about these programs and how to access them, visit the AAFC website.

Partnership for Agriculture, Government of Ontario & Canada


For more information:
Toll Free: 1-877-424-1300
E-mail: ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca