Canadian Agricultural Partnership

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

Southwestern Ontario Development Fund

The fund supports projects that:

  • create jobs and build talent
  • attract and encourage private sector investment
  • lead to business growth and broad positive economic impacts
  • encourage innovation, collaboration and cluster development

Business Projects

To be eligible, businesses need to:

  • invest at least $500,000 in their project (or $200,000 if you are in rural Ontario)
  • employ at least 10 people (or 5 if you are in rural Ontario)
  • commit to creating at least 5 new jobs (or 30% increase for companies with fewer than 15 employees)
  • be able to provide 3 years of operations/financial statements
  • be located in, or plan to locate in, a community in southwestern Ontario
Funding Amount

Up to 15% of eligible project costs.


Up to 15% funding to a maximum of $5M, interest free during the project period (up to 4 years). If you achieve your investment and job targets, up to 30% of the loan (to a maximum of $500,000) may be forgiven.


Grants are available only for specific circumstances, up to 15% to a maximum:

  • Of $500,000 if your company has fewer than 100 employees and is based in rural Ontario (population of your community is less than 100,000 or population density is less than 100 people per square kilometre)
  • Of $1,500,000 for strategic projects that are foreign direct investments or from companies competing against other jurisdictions

Community Economic Development Projects

To be eligible, projects need to:

  • be led by municipalities, economic development organizations (including sector groups) or consortia
  • focus on economic and business development and job creation in the community or region by investing in infrastructure or implementing strategies to advance regional economic development priorities
  • lead to measurable outcomes including private sector investment, growth and job creation
  • invest more than $100,000
  • have private sector support
  • be used for activities that are new to the organization
Funding Amount

Up to 50% of eligible project costs for a maximum grant of up to $1.5 million.


You are not allowed to combine (or “stack”) Southwestern Ontario Development funding with other provincial programs.

Application Period 5 2021

Application opening:
January 20, 2021 – March 4, 2021

Application deadline:
March 4, 2021

Application assessment period
(60 business days):

March 5, 2021 – June 2, 2021

Notification date
(last day to notify applicants):

June 2, 2021

Application Period 6 2021

Application opening:
April 22, 2021 – June 4, 2021

Application deadline:
June 4, 2021

Application assessment period
(60 business days):

June 7, 2021 – September 1, 2021

Notification date
(last day to notify applicants):

September 1, 2021

Application Period 7 2021

Application opening:
July 28, 2021 – September 10, 2021

Application deadline:
September 10, 2021

Application assessment period
(60 business days):

September 13, 2021 – December 8, 2021

Notification date
(last day to notify applicants):

December 8, 2021

Application Period 8 2021-22

Application opening:
November 4, 2021 – December 17, 2021

Application deadline:
December 17, 2021

Application assessment period
(60 business days):

December 20, 2021 – March 18, 2022

Notification date
(last day to notify applicants):

March 18, 2022

Ontario Automotive Modernization Program

The Ontario Automotive Modernization Program (O-AMP) is a partnership with small- and medium-sized automotive parts suppliers in Ontario.

The program is not open for applications at this time. Information about future application rounds will be announced in spring 2021.  

Your business could get up to $100,000 to help cover up to 50% of eligible project costs.

As a successful applicant, you are required to contribute at least 50% of remaining project costs through:

  • your own business resources
  • private or bank financing

To be eligible for O-AMP, you must be a small- or medium-sized Ontario-based business in the automotive supply chain.

Specifically, you must meet these requirements:

  • be a for-profit business (with a business number)
  • less than 500 employees globally
  • less than $1 billion in global revenues
  • have at least two years of financial statements
  • at least 50% of the company’s total sales revenue comes from the auto supply sector

Larger companies (i.e. those with more than 500 employees) must partner with at least one Ontario-based small- or medium-sized business to be eligible.

O-AMP provides support to projects that fall under one or both of the following categories:

  • technology adoption – for example, using advanced manufacturing hardware, software and/or training to improve processes and competitiveness. This might include using logistical systems and investing in production hardware or software that digitize production tracking
  • lean manufacturing – for example, improving operational efficiency and competitiveness by using lean manufacturing techniques or hiring the services of a mentor/consultant to help with lean implementation

Projects must also:

  • be achievable – for example, applicants need to have the necessary financing, project management structure and experience to implement the project
  • align with O-AMP’s goals – for example, job creation, revenue increases, cost savings, contributions to regional or automotive sector development

Strategic Innovation Fund

The Strategic Innovation Fund’s objective is to spur innovation for a better Canada. In July 2018, the Government of Canada made available up to $250 million in new support through SIF. The objective of the Program is to enable steel and aluminum producers to enhance their production capabilities to better meet the product demand from end-users within Canada.

The program has five Streams, each with its own precise objective:

  • Stream 1: Encourage R&D that will accelerate technology transfer and commercialization of innovative products, processes and services;
  • Stream 2: Facilitate the growth and expansion of firms in Canada;
  • Stream 3: Attract and retain large scale investments to Canada; and
  • Stream 4: Advance industrial research, development and technology demonstration through collaboration between the private sector, researchers and non-profit organizations.
  • Stream 5: Support large-scale, national innovation ecosystems through high impact collaborations across Canada.

What are the contribution amounts?

SIF will now focus its support on projects requesting at least $10 million in contributions. Experience shows that the government’s share of funding for a given project usually varies from 10% of project costs up to 50% in exceptional cases. For projects submitted under Streams 1 to 3, contributions are repayable with the possibility of non-repayable only in exceptional cases. All Stream 4 contributions are non-repayable.

The combined level of assistance from all governments (federal, provincial, territorial, and municipal), shall not normally exceed 75% of eligible costs.

AIME Initiative

The AIME Global program supports southern Ontario manufacturers to undertake training or skills-upgrading activities which will support innovation at the manufacturing facilities.

Supportable projects may include developing new engineering skills, training in the use of new software, hardware or other tools necessary to support innovation; and training to adopt and adapt new technologies, new manufacturing methods or any other area of business that will make a southern Ontario manufacturing company more competitive in the global market place.

All initiatives must support innovation which will lead to new global export opportunities or create new global markets. First time applicants whom have never received AIME funding from us in the past, may be eligible for up to a maximum of $100,000 with 50% shared costs. New, this year, manufacturers who have received funding from us in the past, but more than 24 months ago, may be eligible for a second tier of funding; these second generation applications may be eligible for up to $100,000 with a shared contribution up to 25%. In other words, the company must demonstrate 75% of the costs, with a 25% contribution from YLF up to $100,000.

Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP)

Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) provides financial support to qualified small and medium-sized enterprises in Canada to help them undertake technology innovation.

The basic eligibility criteria for IRAP funding are:

  • Be a small and medium-sized enterprise in Canada, incorporated and profit-oriented;
  • Have 500 or less full-time equivalent employees; and
  • Have the objective to grow and generate profits through development and commercialization of innovative, technology-driven new or improved products, services, or processes in Canada.

Business Scale-up and Productivity

Funding under this stream helps to accelerate the growth of firms and assist with the adoption of new, innovative technologies that support scale-up, productivity, and the development of and entry into new markets to help companies become globally competitive.

Applications can be submitted for:

  • No-interest, repayable contributions up to 35% from $500,000 up to $10 million per project.

Funding is available to:

  • Assist high-growth firms to scale up and expand.
  • Support technology demonstration and the commercialization of new technologies.
  • Encourage the early adoption or adaptation of leading-edge technologies and processes to improve productivity.
  • Increase businesses’ capacity to grow through market diversification and entry into global markets.