The Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership) is a five-year federal-provincial-territorial initiative to strengthen the agriculture, agri-food, and agri-based products sector and increase its competitiveness, prosperity and sustainability.

OSCIA is delivering Partnership cost-share funding programs to producers and associated other agri-business operations.

The next intake period opens on Dec. 9, 2020.

Programs available but not limited to:

Technologies and Processes to Reduce Plant Pest Contamination and Risk

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

Eligible activities and expenditures

Costs for the sole purpose of decreasing pest risk to plant health:

  • Management tools and equipment including:
  • Using new technologies or practices to reduce pest development and spread
  • Innovative pest mitigation technologies that reduce worker exposure and environmental risk
  • Monitoring and diagnostic tools including:
  • Monitoring equipment (e.g., optical sorters)
  • Pest modeling software
  • Modifications or additions to existing structures to establish an anteroom or header house into high-risk areas
  • Proposed modifications or additions must clearly demonstrate separation of clean and dirty traffic flow through a CAP
  • Modifications to existing structures to facilitate more efficient movement of plants and people to reduce plant health biosecurity risks
  • Improving traffic flow efficiency to reduce contamination through establishing new or existing walkways, laneways, access routes, etc.
  • Construction of hard surface pad or wash bay facility for cleaning and disinfecting vehicles and equipment outside a CAP or CAZ
  • Installation of specialized cleaning and disinfection equipment
  • Plant hygiene or treatment equipment
  • Installing a treatment system to remove pathogens, particulates, crop residue or contaminants from water
  • Construction or modification of a structure used only as a quarantine or isolation facility

Available cost-share

35 per cent, up to a maximum of $100,000

Develop New Products or Processes

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.

Eligible activities and expenditures

  • Third-party advisory costs for agri-based bio-product, food or beverage product and process development activities, which may include:
  • Regulatory review
  • Ingredient, material or packaging sourcing
  • Formulation development
  • Process development
  • Scale-up trials
  • Shelf life determination
  • Testing or analysis to verify and complement development process including:
  • Nutritional, microbial, chemical, an allergen
  • Sensory/consumer
  • Product physical testing
  • Packaging related activities
  • Package testing to ensure compatibility with product
  • Labelling development and design for marketing purposes
  • Labelling development to ensure compliance with regulations
  • Costs of automated, advanced manufacturing and/or robotic processing equipment and technology and/or software systems directly related to developing a new product or process through:
  • Acquiring new processing equipment and technology (including installation and configuration)
  • Retrofitting or modifying existing processing equipment and technology (including installation and configuration)
  • First-time training of key personnel on new, project- related equipment, technology and processes (e.g., train the trainer) related to value-added agri-food/agricultural products
  • One-time costs for rental of facilities, processing equipment or machinery required specifically for the project

Available cost-share

35 per cent, up to a maximum of $75,000

Enterprise Resource Planning and Supply Chain Management Systems

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

Eligible activities and expenditures

  • Resource management plan implementation that involves evaluation, procurement, development and customization of new Enterprise Resource Planning or supply chain optimization systems including directly related advisory services, software and hardware involved with installation and customization
  • First-time development of reports or dashboards that integrate meaningful metrics and benchmarks related to resource management, supply chain and productivity performance, which can include but are not limited to:
  • Product shipping, distribution or routing across different transportation modes (e.g., trucking, intermodal, rail, marine)
  • Border requirement integration
  • Supply and demand forecasting, management performance reports
  • Inventory and input management
  • Order fulfillment benchmarking
  • Product quality management
  • First-time costs to implement a supply chain optimization that improves compatibility and interface with trading partners, such as:
  • Electronic Data Interface (EDI) systems, including Advanced Shipping Notices (ASN) for improved customer or supplier interface
  • Integrating products into national standardized product registry for synchronized data exchange (e.g., national product registry [GS1 Canada ECCnet], automating product attribute communication)
  • One-time costs associated with training personnel on new project-related systems (e.g., train the trainer)
  • One-time labour costs specifically required for the project, such as third-party advisory costs
  • One-time costs for rental of facilities, processing equipment or machinery required specifically for the project

Available cost-share

35 per cent, up to a maximum of $100,000

Technology and Equipment to Improve Labour Productivity

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

Eligible activities and expenditures

  • Capital expenses and installation or configuration costs directly related to improving labour productivity with new automated, advanced manufacturing, robotic equipment and technology and/or software systems*
  • Development of new or translation of manufacturing policies, feedback systems, preventative maintenance procedures and standard operational procedures, such as processing standards (time, temperature, speed etc.); proactive, preventative maintenance routines; and employee scheduling systems
  • One-time costs associated with training key personnel on project-related new equipment, technology and software systems (e.g., train the trainer)
  • One-time labour costs specifically required for the project, such as third party advisory fees
  • One-time costs for rental of facilities, processing equipment or machinery required specifically for the project

Available cost-share

25 per cent, up to a maximum of $200,000