Canadian Agricultural Partnership Program: Overview of Research and Innovation Programming

The Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership) is a five-year commitment by Canada's federal, provincial and territorial governments that supports Canada's agri-food and agri-products sectors.

Strategic initiatives supports projects in three key priority areas, with research and innovation continuing to be a key focus across all programming:

Programming is targeted to deliver the most impactful results to address key priority areas under the Partnership.

Under the Partnership, significant research and innovation investments in Ontario will occur through different mechanisms: funding to innovation partners who provide the services that facilitate innovation across the sector; and through cost-share funding for businesses and sector organizations.

In addition to research and innovation initiatives under the Partnership, the ministry also makes significant investments through the OMAFRA-University Partnership Agreement to develop the talent and create the knowledge that drives innovation.

CAP Research and Innovation Programming

Ontario's agri-food and agri-products sectors play an important role in our economy and innovation is vital for its sustainability. The combination of continued population growth, climate change and changing demands from the marketplace establishes the need to adopt new and innovative ways to do business. Through the Partnership, research and innovation programming will help move applied research into the market through knowledge mobilization. Through targeted investments for research and innovation, the Partnership will support Ontario's agri-food sectors to satisfy the growing demand for safe, high-quality food in the future.

The ministry's research and innovation programming support partners working on high-impact research and innovation projects, to best achieve government objectives, yield the greatest value and reduce barriers.

Funding agreements with research and innovation partners focus on activities towards specific priority outcomes across all program areas under the Partnership, as well as contribute to long-term economic objectives:

Key priority program areas

  • Economic Development: Market Development; Productivity; Business Analysis and Skills Development
  • Environmental Stewardship: Water Quality; Soil Health
  • Protection and Assurance: Food Safety; Animal Health; Plant Health

Key priority outcomes

  • Increasing competitiveness, productivity and profitability
  • Increasing environmental sustainability
  • Expanding domestic and international markets
  • Improving the anticipation, mitigation and response to risk for the sector

Additional benefits

  • Agri-food and agri-products business adopt innovations, best practice tools, processes and technologies
  • Innovative products, practices and processes are created, commercialized and brought to market
  • Increased collaboration among sector players
  • Industry investments and capacity is maintained or increased
  • Sector and public awareness and knowledge fostered on key practices, innovations and values

Research and Innovation Partners

Ontario has partnerships with the following organizations:

  • University of Guelph
  • Vineland Research and Innovation Centre
  • Livestock Research and Innovation Corporation

Partnership for Agriculture, Government of Ontario & Canada


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