New Funding Intake for Food and Beverage Processors

August 5, 2021
By Bob Peters

Cornwall Ontario – Canada and Ontario are investing up to $6 million in projects to help Ontario food and beverage processors improve their operations, increase their competitive edge and adapt to challenges as the pandemic begins to subside.

Canadian Agricultural Partnership

Applications for this program will be accepted in two phases.

  1. The first phase of this new intake under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership to support projects that will enhance economic development and food safety in the sector will be accepted. Applications for phase one of the intake will be accepted starting on August 5, 2021 until September 2, 2021.
  2. The second phase of the intake will open in September for targeted projects to improve labour productivity, efficiency and reduce waste.

Some examples of projects eligible for support under the first phase of applications for food and beverage processors include:

  • implementing new technology to improve food safety
  • developing new products to increase sales
  • improving animal health through preventing the introduction and spread of disease throughout an operation

Quick Facts

  • Applications for phase one of the intake will be accepted starting on August 5, 2021 until September 2, 2021.
  • As of August 5, program materials including the application form and program guide will be available online through OMAFRA:
  • Approved projects must be completed by September 30, 2022.
  • For more information about the programming contact OMAFRA by emailing or calling 1-877-424-1300.
  • The Ontario agri-food sector supports more than 860,000 jobs in Ontario and contributes more than $47.3 billion each year to the province’s economy.
  • This new intake builds on other supports extended to the province’s food processing and agri-food sector during COVID-19. Examples of such recent initiatives include:
    • a more than $7 million investment to boost production and capacity in the meat processing sector under the Meat Processors Capacity Improvement Initiative
    • a $2.25 million investment in provincially licensed meat processing plants to better protect employees and Ontario’s food supply under the Agri-food Workplace Protection Program
    • a $22 million provincial investment to increase the adoption of technological innovations within the agri-food sector to enhance the health and safety of workers and improve the sector’s efficiency and productivity through the Agri-Tech Innovation Program
  • Since June 2018, both the federal and provincial governments have committed over $100 million in cost-share support to more than 5,000 projects through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership to help eligible Ontario farmers, processors, businesses and sector organizations innovate and grow.

The Canadian Agricultural Partnership

The Canadian Agricultural Partnership is a five-year, $3 billion investment by federal, provincial and territorial governments to strengthen the agriculture and agri-food sector, ensuring continued innovation, growth and prosperity. This commitment includes $2 billion for programs that are cost-shared by the federal and provincial and territorial governments and are designed and delivered by provinces and territories.

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