Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada: AAFC Funding for Farmers

This is our dedicated “hub” page for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada funding programs. We’ll continuously update this page to reflect changes in programs – so bookmark this page and check back often for updates!

This guide for business owners covers current Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) funding programs, including repayable and non-repayable contributions, loans, and other types of support for entrepreneurs.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Mandate

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) supports the sector from the farmer to the consumer, from the farm to global markets, through all phases of producing, processing and marketing of farm, food and agri-based products. Agriculture is a shared jurisdiction in Canada, and the Department works closely with provincial and territorial governments in the development and delivery of policies, programs and services.

The Department is responsible for ensuring collaboration with its portfolio partners and agencies which are also involved in regulating and supporting Canadian agriculture, including the Farm Products Council of Canada.

AAFC’s vision is: Driving innovation and ingenuity to build a world leading agricultural and food economy for the benefit of all Canadians.

The Department’s mission is to provide leadership in the growth and development of a competitive, innovative and sustainable Canadian agriculture and agri-food sector.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Priorities

AAFC’s priorities include:

  • Developing a sector-specific agricultural strategy to address persistent and chronic labour shortages in farming and food processing;
  • Prioritizing measures to support efficiency and climate-resiliency in the agriculture and food sector to strengthen food security and significantly cut agriculture’s environmental footprint;
  • Working closely with provinces and territories and producers to support the sustainable growth of the agricultural and agri-food sectors, with an aim to establish Canada as a global leader in the sector;
  • Strengthening Canada’s food system, with particular emphasis on developing a National School Food Policy.

AAFC’s priorities for 2022–23 support an innovative, sustainable, inclusive and globally competitive Canadian agriculture and food industry. The Department’s key priorities for 2022–23 will support the launch of the next policy framework for agriculture running from 2023 to 2028.

You can learn about Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s priorities by reading its 2022-2023 Departmental Plan.

Types of Funding Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Offers

AAFC offers repayable and non-repayable contributions, loans, loan guarantees, cost-shared insurances and more.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Funding Programs

Below are links to the Department’s specific programs:

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada also provides valuable in-kind support, including AgPal, their web-based discovery tool developed to help farmers and others in the agriculture and agri-business sector find the federal, provincial, and territorial agricultural information that specifically applies to them.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Contact

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada General Enquiries:

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
1341 Baseline Road
Ottawa, ON K1A 0C5

Toll-free: 1-855-773-0241
TTY: 613-773-2600
Fax: 613-773-1081
Online contact form

Click here for a complete list of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada contact details.

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