AgriAssurance Program (Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise Component) – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Description:

The AgriAssurance Program: Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (SME) component provides targeted support to companies to help implement third-party assurance certification projects that address international market requirements, thus helping expand export opportunities for Canadian agricultural and agri-food products.

Comments on Funding:

Funding is up to $50,000. If the applicant has multiple funding projects within the program, the total contribution towards all projects cannot exceed $100,000.

The applicant must provide a minimum of 50% of the funding towards eligible costs. Applicant’s portion of the cost-share must be cash contributions. In-kind contributions are ineligible.

Total government funding (other federal departments and agencies, provincial/territorial, and municipal governments) cannot exceed 85%.

Eligibility:

Applicants must:

  • be for-profit organizations operating in the agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products sector, including fish and seafood, that exist to make a profit, including:
  • businesses and/or corporations,
  • co-operatives, or
  • Indigenous groups. 
  • be legal entities capable of entering into legally binding agreements. 

Additional eligibility conditions for SMEs:

  • be directly involved in growing, harvesting, processing or otherwise transforming or consolidating their products
  • have up to 250 employees and annual revenues below $50 million,
  • be independently incorporated.
  • have completed market research,
  • be export and market ready.

Any SME that is independently incorporated, and meets the eligibility requirements, can apply; however, in reviewing applications, priority may be given to organizations that are not subsidiaries or members of a larger group of companies. While decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis, generally excluded/not eligible are:

  • third-party representatives, such as trading houses, export brokers, agents, or promoters;
  • individuals and sole proprietors, not-for-profit organizations, marketing boards, and governments and their agencies.

Applications Steps:

Applicants must:

Online applications will receive an acknowledgement receipt of your application within one business day. If you did not receive this, please contact the program by email at aafc.assurance.aac@agr.gc.ca or by phone at 1-877-246-4682. There are no delays expected. Online applications should be processed within 75 business days.

Documentation Needed:

The applicant must submit:

  • The Project Application Form (PDF Version)
  • Signature of Applicant Authorized Representative
  • A copy of the organization’s Certificates or Articles of Incorporation
  • A consent for Use, Disclosure and Copyright
  • The AgriAssurance Program: SME questionnaire.

Other Things to Note:

This program is part of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.

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