Canadian Agricultural Partnership: Processors

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Economic Development

Category: Business Assessment

Category Code: EMBA-PR-D

Description: For projects focused on identifying or determining the feasibility of growth and opportunities by analyzing trends, access to capital and business structure.

Who Should Apply: Be a minimum of one of the following:

  • A processor business with less than 50 employees
  • A new processor business (new entrant) that:
    • Constitutes a legal person
    • Is new to the food and agri-product processing industry and has business projections that demonstrate potential annual gross business income of $30,000 or more within three years of applying
    • Files personal income taxes in Ontario
    • Has not filed taxes of $30,000 or more in annual gross business revenue as a food or agri-product processing business in the two years prior to applying for funding
    • Has a valid Premises Identification (PID) Number (if a processing facility is established)

Available Cost-Share: 50 per cent, up to a maximum of $15,000

Category: Business Plans

Category Code: EMBA-PR-B

Description: For projects focused on developing a business plan to increase or improve financial sustainability, address growth needs and opportunities, and define concrete next steps

Who Should Apply: Be a minimum of one of the following:

  • A processor business with less than 50 employees
  • A new processor business (new entrant) that:
    • Constitutes a legal person
    • Is new to the food and agri-product processing industry and has business projections that demonstrate potential annual gross business income of $30,000 or more within three years of applying
    • Files personal income taxes in Ontario
    • Has not filed taxes of $30,000 or more in annual gross business revenue as a food or agri-product processing business in the two years prior to applying for funding
    • Has a valid Premises Identification (PID) Number (if a processing facility is established)

Available Cost-Share: 35 per cent, up to a maximum of $15,000

Category: Marketing Plans

Category Code: EMAP-PR-C

Description: For assessment and planning projects that support retaining/expanding or accessing new domestic/export markets.

Who Should Apply: Be a minimum of one of the following:

  • A processor that manufactures products in a facility with fewer than 200 employees
  • An owner of an established brand or intellectual property that does not meet processor eligibility criteria but is located in Ontario, and has an agreement or arrangement for the transformation of their product(s) in Ontario
  • A new processor business (new entrant) that:
    • Constitutes a legal person
    • Is new to the food and agri-product processing industry and has business projections that demonstrate potential annual gross business income of $30,000 or more within three years of applying
    • Files personal income taxes in Ontario
    • Has not filed taxes of $30,000 or more in annual gross business revenue as a food or agri-product processing business in the two years prior to applying for funding
    • Has a valid Premises Identification (PID) Number (if a processing facility is established)

Available Cost-Share: 35 per cent, up to a maximum of $25,000

Category: Market Products in Canada

Category Code: EMIM-PR-B

Description: For projects that implement a comprehensive marketing plan to significantly increase product sales in Canada.

Who Should Apply: Be a minimum of one of the following:

  • A processor that manufactures products in a facility with fewer than 200 employees
  • An owner of an established brand or intellectual property that does not meet processor eligibility criteria but is located in Ontario, and has an agreement or arrangement for the transformation of their product(s) in Ontario
  • A new processor business (new entrant) that:
    • Constitutes a legal person
    • Is new to the food and agri-product processing industry and has business projections that demonstrate potential annual gross business income of $30,000 or more within three years of applying
    • Files personal income taxes in Ontario
    • Has not filed taxes of $30,000 or more in annual gross business revenue as a food or agri-product processing business in the two years prior to applying for funding
    • Has a valid Premises Identification (PID) Number (if a processing facility is established)

Available Cost-Share: 35 per cent, up to a maximum of $50,000

Category: Market Products Internationally

Category Code: EMIM-PR-A

Description: For projects that implement a comprehensive marketing plan to significantly increase product sales internationally.

Who Should Apply: Be a minimum of one of the following:

  • A processor that manufactures products in a facility with fewer than 200 employees
  • An owner of an established brand or intellectual property that does not meet processor eligibility criteria but is located in Ontario, and has an agreement or arrangement for the transformation of their product(s) in Ontario
  • A new processor business (new entrant) that:
    • Constitutes a legal person
    • Is new to the food and agri-product processing industry and has business projections that demonstrate potential annual gross business income of $30,000 or more within three years of applying
    • Files personal income taxes in Ontario
    • Has not filed taxes of $30,000 or more in annual gross business revenue as a food or agri-product processing business in the two years prior to applying for funding
    • Has a valid Premises Identification (PID) Number (if a processing facility is established)

Available Cost-Share: 35 per cent, up to a maximum of $75,000

Category: Develop New Products or Processes

Category Code: EMIM-PR-C

Description: For projects focused on developing products or processes to retain an existing market, grow an existing market or access a new market, and to significantly increase sales.

Who Should Apply: Be a minimum of one of the following:

  • For any eligible projects, a processor that manufactures products in a facility with fewer than 200 employees
  • For eligible projects that do not include capital costs, an owner of an established brand or intellectual property that does not meet processor eligibility criteria but is located in Ontario, and has an agreement or arrangement for the transformation of their product(s) in Ontario
  • For eligible projects that do not include capital costs, a new processor business (new entrant) that:
    • Constitutes a legal person
    • Is new to the food and agri-product processing industry and has business projections that demonstrate potential annual gross business income of $30,000 or more within three years of applying
    • Files personal income taxes in Ontario
    • Has not filed taxes of $30,000 or more in annual gross business revenue as a food or agri-product processing business in the two years prior to applying for funding
    • Has a valid Premises Identification (PID) Number (if a processing facility is established)

Available Cost-Share: 35 per cent, up to a maximum of $75,000

Category: Labour Productivity Plans

Category Code: EMAP-PR-B

Description: For projects to conduct assessments and audits, and develop plans to measure improvements in labour productivity.

Who Should Apply: Be a processor that manufactures products in a facility with fewer than 200 employees.

Available Cost-Share: 50 per cent, up to a maximum of $25,000

Category: Technology and Equipment to Improve Labour Productivity

Category Code: EMPT-PR-C

Description: For projects to implement advanced manufacturing technologies and equipment to enhance labour productivity.

Who Should Apply: Processors with projects in any agri-food sector may apply, but processors with projects in the following sectors are currently given preference1:

  • Meat Processing and Meat Product Manufacturing
  • Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing
  • Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food
  • Dairy Product Manufacturing

Available Cost-Share: 25 per cent, up to a maximum of $200,000

Category: Input Efficiency and Waste Reduction

Category Code: EMPT-PR-D

Description: For projects to increase input efficiency and reduce waste in an agri-food or agri-product processing facility.

Who Should Apply: Processors with projects in any agri-food sector may apply, but processors with projects in the following sectors are currently given preference1:

  • Meat Processing and Meat Product Manufacturing
  • Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing
  • Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food
  • Dairy Product Manufacturing

Available Cost-Share: 25 per cent, up to a maximum of $75,000

Category: Enterprise Resource Planning and Supply Chain Management Systems

Category Code: EMPT-PR-F

Description: For projects to put in place software systems that will streamline and integrate business applications and contribute to improved business results.

Who Should Apply: To apply you must:

  • Be a processor that manufactures products in a facility with fewer than 200 employees
  • Have completed an Enterprise Resource Planning or supply chain audit or assessment that demonstrates the need for the project, conducted internally or by a consultant or business advisor
  • Have baseline Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for productivity, energy usage and waste management

Available Cost-Share: 35 per cent, up to a maximum of $100,000

Food Safety

Category: Food Safety and Traceability Training

Category Code: FSED-PR-A

Description: For food safety or traceability training from a qualified third party to increase knowledge and adoption of recognized food safety or traceability systems.

Who Should Apply: To apply you meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be a new processor business (new entrant) that:
    • Constitutes a legal person
    • Is new to the food and agri-product processing industry and has business projections that demonstrate potential annual gross business income of $30,000 or more within three years of applying
    • Files personal income taxes in Ontario
    • Has not filed taxes of $30,000 or more in annual gross business revenue as a food or agri-product processing business in the two years prior to applying for funding
    • Has a valid Premises Identification (PID) Number (if a processing facility is established)
  • Be involved with food products for human consumption
  • Have 100 or fewer employees

Available Cost-Share: 45 per cent, up to a maximum of $1,500

Category: Food Safety and Traceability Gap Assessment and Pre-audit

Category Code: FSAP-PR-A

Description: For gap assessments and pre-audits by a qualified third party against internationally or nationally recognized programs to advance food safety or traceability systems.

Who Should Apply: To apply you meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be a new processor business (new entrant) that:
    • Constitutes a legal person
    • Is new to the food and agri-product processing industry and has business projections that demonstrate potential annual gross business income of $30,000 or more within three years of applying
    • Files personal income taxes in Ontario
    • Has not filed taxes of $30,000 or more in annual gross business revenue as a food or agri-product processing business in the two years prior to applying for funding
    • Has a valid Premises Identification (PID) Number (if a processing facility is established)
  • Be involved with food products for human consumption
  • Have 100 or fewer employees

Available Cost-Share: 45 per cent, up to a maximum of $3,000

Category: Food Safety Equipment

Category Code: FSEQ-PR-C

Description: This project category specifically supports the purchase, installation or upgrading of equipment designed to eliminate or reduce food safety risks and hazards.

Who Should Apply: To apply you meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be involved with food products for human consumption
  • Have 100 or fewer employees

Available Cost-Share: 35 per cent, up to a maximum of $10,000

Category: Traceability Equipment

Category Code: FSEQ-PR-D

Description: This project category specifically supports the purchase, installation or upgrading of equipment that is directly related to the implementation or improvement of traceability systems

Who Should Apply: To apply you meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be involved with food products for human consumption
  • Have 100 or fewer employees

Available Cost-Share: 35 per cent, up to a maximum of $10,000

Category: Food Safety and Traceability System Improvements

Category Code: FSIM-PR-E

Description: For food safety and traceability system development, implementation, or improvements through: writing systems to a recognized standard, equipment purchases, facility upgrades, validation studies, as well as initial food safety certification to recognized/international standards.

Who Should Apply: To apply you meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be involved with food products for human consumption
  • Have 100 or fewer employees
  • Demonstrate a direct link between all project activities and the development or improvement of a written food safety or traceability system

Available Cost-Share: 50 per cent, up to a maximum of $75,000

Animal Health

Category: Education, Training, Assessment, and Planning

Category Code: AHED-PR-B

Description: For projects focused on first-time activities to improve animal health and welfare.

Who Should Apply: Abattoirs, including new processor businesses (new entrants), that are planning first-time activities for animal health education or training, or to complete operational assessments and plans, with a qualified third party. Preference is currently given to projects that support provincially licensed abattoirs.

Available Cost-Share: 50 per cent, up to a maximum of $5,000

Category: Defining Zones and Controlled Access Points

Category Code: AHIM-PR-A

Description: For projects focused on reducing biosecurity risks into, within, and out of high-risk areas of the operation, in a measurable or proven way.

Who Should Apply: Abattoirs that wish to prevent the introduction and spread of disease throughout an operation through new construction, modifications to existing production areas and facilities, and implementing practices and procedures. Preference is currently given to projects that support:

  • Provincially licensed abattoirs
  • Sheep, goat, veal, beef cattle and farmed cervids

Available Cost-Share: 35 per cent, up to a maximum of $50,000

Category: Establishing Cleaning and Disinfecting Practices

Category Code: AHIM-PR-B

Description: For projects that focus on reducing biosecurity risks into, within, and out of high-risk areas of the operation, in a measurable or proven way.

Who Should Apply: Abattoirs that wish to prevent the introduction and spread of disease throughout an operation through new construction, modifications to existing production areas and facilities, and implementing practices and procedures. Preference is currently given to projects that support:

  • Provincially licensed abattoirs
  • Sheep, goat, veal, beef cattle and farmed cervids

Available Cost-Share: 35 per cent, up to a maximum of $50,000

Category: Establishing Isolation or Segregation Facilities

Category Code: AHIM-PR-C

Description: For projects focused on reducing biosecurity risks into, within, and out of high-risk areas of the operation, in a measurable or proven way.

Who Should Apply: Abattoirs that wish to prevent the introduction and spread of disease throughout an operation through new construction, modifications to existing production areas and facilities, and implementing practices and procedures. Preference is currently given to projects that support:

  • Provincially licensed abattoirs
  • Sheep, goat, veal, beef cattle and farmed cervids

Available Cost-Share: 35 per cent, up to a maximum of $50,000

Category: Health Management

Category Code: AHIM-PR-E

Description: For projects focused on reducing biosecurity risks into, within, and out of high-risk areas of the operation, in a measurable or proven way.

Who Should Apply: Abattoirs that wish to prevent the introduction and spread of disease throughout an operation through new construction, modifications to existing production areas and facilities, and implementing practices and procedures. Preference is currently given to projects that support:

  • Provincially licensed abattoirs
  • Sheep, goat, veal, beef cattle and farmed cervids

Available Cost-Share: 35 per cent, up to a maximum of $50,000

Category: Preventing Access by Wildlife, Pests and Rodents

Category Code: AHIM-PR-D

Description: For projects focused on reducing biosecurity risks into, within, and out of high-risk areas of the operation, in a measurable or proven way.

Who Should Apply: Abattoirs that wish to prevent the introduction and spread of disease throughout an operation through new construction, modifications to existing production areas and facilities, and implementing practices and procedures. Preference is currently given to projects that support:

  • Provincially licensed abattoirs
  • Sheep, goat, veal, beef cattle and farmed cervids

Available Cost-Share: 35 per cent, up to a maximum of $50,000

Category: Construction, Modification or New Technologies to Improve Animal Housing

Category Code: AHIM-PR-G

Description: For projects focused on improving animal welfare in a measurable or proven way.

Who Should Apply: Abattoirs that are interested in improving animal housing throughout an operation with new construction, modifications to existing structures, or implementing new technologies. Preference is currently given to projects that:

  • Support sheep, goat, veal, beef cattle and farmed cervids
  • Are located in areas with limited access to veterinary services (e.g., Northern Ontario)
  • Support provincially licensed abattoirs

Available Cost-Share: 35 per cent, up to a maximum of $50,000

Category: Equipment to Improve Animal Handling

Category Code: AHEQ-PR-A

Description: For projects focused on improving animal welfare in a measurable or proven way.

Who Should Apply: Abattoirs that are interested in improving animal housing throughout an operation with new construction, modifications to existing structures, or implementing new technologies. Preference is currently given to projects that:

  • Support sheep, goat, veal, beef cattle and farmed cervids
  • Are located in areas with limited access to veterinary services (e.g., Northern Ontario)
  • Support provincially licensed abattoirs

Available Cost-Share: 35 per cent, up to a maximum of $50,000

Category: Establishing Facilities to Manage Deadstock

Category Code: AHIM-PR-F

Description: For projects focused on reducing biosecurity risks into, within, and out of high-risk areas of the operation, in a measurable or proven way.

Who Should Apply: Processors of all farmed animal species who want to establish on-site facilities for the management of deadstock to prevent the introduction and spread of disease throughout the operation. Preference is currently given to projects that:

  • Support provincially licensed abattoirs
  • Support the disposal of sheep or goat deadstock
  • Are located in areas with limited disposal options (e.g., Northern Ontario)

Available Cost-Share: 35 per cent, up to a maximum of $25,000

Plant Health

Category: Education, Training, Assessment and Planning

Category Code: PHAP-PR-I

Description: For projects focused on building operation-specific knowledge and expertise in support of plant health.

Who Should Apply: New processor businesses (new entrants) interested in:

  • Conducting operation-wide assessment against national biosecurity standards
  • Conducting commodity-specific health/pest risk assessments
  • Developing biosecurity procedures
  • Developing an integrated pest management plan or a response plan for potential invasive pest introductions
  • Participating in workshops or training in the following areas: plant health, biosecurity or calibration and application

Available Cost-Share: 50 per cent, up to a maximum of $5,000

Category: Technologies and Processes to Reduce Plant Pest Contamination and Risk

Category Code: PHIM-PR-G

Description: For projects focused on reducing biosecurity risks into, out of, and within high-risk areas of the operation, in a measurable or proven way.

Who Should Apply: Processors who wish to identify and limit the introduction and spread of plant pests to decrease contamination risk to their business and the sector as a whole.

Available Cost-Share: 35 per cent, up to a maximum of $100,000

Footnotes

1: Exceptions may apply if a business is an Indigenous partner business, or if a business is operating in northern Ontario

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Author: OMAFRA Staff
Creation Date: 17 January 2018
Last Reviewed: 28 February 2019