The Canadian Agricultural Partnership: Cost-Share Funding

Cost-Share Funding Opportunities to Explore for...

Farmers or Other Businesses

Processors or Other Businesses

Sector Organizations or Strategic Partnerships

Cost-Share Funding for Farmers and Other Businesses

The Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership) provides cost-share funding support to farmers and other businesses (plant health). Funding is available for key priority areas, which include: research and innovation, economic development, environmental stewardship and protection and assurance. More details on available project funding can be found here.

Intake Timing

  • The most recent application intake for farmers and other businesses (plant health) was held from December 9, 2020 to January 6, 2021 at 5 PM ET. Applications will be received and assessed on a continuous basis while funding is available.

Application Information

  • The Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) administers cost-share funding to farmers and other businesses (plant health).
  • Program details, including how to apply, program guides, and application forms can be found on the OSCIA website.
  • All businesses must complete the program enrolment form before applying for cost-share funding.
  • Cost-share funding under the Partnership is merit-based and project funding amounts are individually established based on project categories.

Cost-Share Funding for Processors and Other Businesses

The Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership) provides cost-share funding support to processors and other businesses (animal health, commercializers and primary agri-food businesses). Funding is available for key priority areas, which include: economic development and protection and assurance. More details on available priority area funding can be found here.

Intake Timing

  • The last application intake for processors and other businesses (animal health, commercializers and primary agri-food businesses) closed on November 26, 2019 at 5 pm EST.
  • The next application intake for processors and other businesses (animal health, commercializers and primary agri-food businesses) will be communicated once finalized.

Application Information

  • The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs administers cost-share funding to processors and other businesses (animal health, commercializers and primary agri-food businesses)
  • Program details, including how to apply and program guides, will be available on the Ministry's new web page for Processors/Other Businesses once details about the next intake are finalized.

Meat Processors Capacity Improvement Initiative

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. Eligible projects must be completed with equipment delivered and claims submitted by March 1, 2021 for eligible expenses incurred on or after November 27, 2020. Recipients will have until May 31, 2021 to have their equipment installed.

Intake Timing

Please note, due to high demand this intake closed at 12 Noon on December 22, 2020. Applications are currently being reviewed in the order they were received by the ministry. The Ministry will notify applicants of their status once a decision has been made.

Place to Grow: Agri-Food Innovation Initiative

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.

The COVID-19 outbreak has created challenges for the agri-food sector. OMAFRA has been reviewing all programming under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership ) to ensure it addresses sector needs.

OMAFRA continues to work on enhancing the Place to Grow: Strategic Solutions to better support the sector in recovering from COVID-19 and building resiliency for the future.

  • Funding for Sectors - supports agriculture and food value chain partners by offering cost-share funding opportunities to address identified industry priorities and outcomes for Ontario.
  • Strategic Solutions - focuses on bold, innovative, and collaborative projects proposed by industry partners to drive priority outcomes that have been identified under the Place to Grow program.

Application Information

  • The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs administers cost-share funding for the Place to Grow program.
  • Program inquiries can be directed to the Agriculture Information Contact Center at: 1-877-424-1300.

Cost-Share Funding to Support Market Access

The Market Access Initiative is a targeted application intake available to help businesses and organizations across the Ontario supply value-chain that are directly involved in or support the production, processing and/or sales of agri-food or agri-products for domestic or export markets and have been directly impacted by trade restrictions.

This targeted intake will focus on a range of trade efforts under the following project categories:

  • Assessment and Planning for Market Development
  • Accessing Markets and Development of Products or Processes - Domestic
  • Accessing Markets and Development of Products or Processes - International

Intake Timing

  • The Market Access Initiative (MAI) intake has been paused.

Cost-Share Funding to Support Honey Bee Health Management

The Honey Bee Health Management is a targeted application intake to help operational improvements for the purpose of reducing biosecurity risks, overwinter loss and to manage or prevent the introduction and spread of honey bee pests and disease. Please continue to check this page for details about upcoming programming opportunities for beekeepers.

Intake Timing

  • While this intake is almost fully subscribed, funding is still available. We have extended the deadline to submit applications and encourage all 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.

Application Information

  • The Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) administers cost-share funding for Honey Bee Health Management.
  • Program details, including how to apply, program guides, and application forms can be found on the OSCIA website.

Provincially Licensed Abattoir Initiative

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.

Intake Timing

  • The last application intake closed on June 30, 2020.

Application Information

  • The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) administers the Partnership cost-share funding to provincially licensed abattoirs.
  • The guide and application form are available here or by emailing agpartnership@ontario.ca or calling 1-877-424-1300.

Provincially Inspected Dairy Plants Initiative

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.

Intake Timing

  • The last application intake closed on June 30, 2020.

Application Information

  • The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs administers cost-share funding for provincially inspected dairy plants.
  • The guide and application form are available by emailing agpartnership@ontario.ca or calling 1-877-424-1300.

Lake Erie Agriculture Demonstrating Sustainability (LEADS)

Declining water quality is a significant concern in parts of Lake Erie. To support water quality improvements in Lake Erie, Ontario has committed to reduce phosphorus entering Lake Erie's western and central basins by 40 per cent by 2025.

LEADS targeted programming under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership) will build on the substantial leadership that Ontario farmers in the Lake Erie watershed have demonstrated actions to improve soil health and water quality.

Farmers will work one-on-one with a participating certified crop advisor or professional agrologist, free of charge, to identify best management practices (BMPs) tailored to the specific needs of their operation.

LEADS targets the Lake Erie watershed to address the following priorities:

  • Reducing nutrient loss, in particular, phosphorus from agriculture production within Ontario's Lake Erie watershed.
  • Improving soil health of farmland.

Intake Timing

  • The next application intake will be communicated once finalized.

Application Information

  • The Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) administers cost-share funding for LEADS
  • Program details, including how to apply, program guides, and application forms can be found on the OSCIA website.

Partnership for Agriculture, Government of Ontario & Canada


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