Type of Program:



The AgriCompetitiveness Program provides funding to national associations and Indigenous groups in the agricultural sector to leverage, coordinate and build on existing capacity, enhance safety, adapt to changing commercial and regulatory environments, seize new opportunities, share best practices, and provide mentorship opportunities.

Comments on Funding:

Funding for an applicant is normally up to $1,000,000 per year.

The applicant must provide a minimum of 50% of the funding towards eligible project costs. The applicant's portion of the cost-share can be a combination of both cash and in-kind contributions. In-kind contributions can only account for a maximum of 25% of total project costs.

Total funding for a project undertaken by a national fair to carry out awareness activities during the fair will normally not exceed $100,000 per year. 

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

When It Ends:



November 1, 2020


Applicants must be:

  • be not-for-profit organizations that operate nationally in Canada, including: associations and indigenous groups,
  • be legal entities capable of entering into legally binding agreements,
  • provide a minimum of 50% of the funding towards eligible costs.

Applications Steps:

Applicants must:


Contact the program administration at 1-877-246-4682 prior to submitting an application to the program for funding


attach it together with the required documents and submit the application online. To apply by mail or fax and to get an application package, the applicant should contact the program. One can apply by email to

Applicants will receive an acknowledgement receipt of their online application within one business day. If they did not receive the acknowledgement, please contact the program. Online applications should be processed within 100 business days.

Documentation Needed:

The applicant must submit:

  • the Project Application Form (PDF Version),
  • An executive summary
  • Signature of Applicant Authorized Representative
  • A copy of the organization's Certificates or Articles of Incorporation
  • A copy of the last two years’ financial statements
  • Project Endorsement Letters / Letters of Support, if applicable
  • Capital asset pre-approval for grants and contributions programs, if applicable.

Other Things to Note:

  1. 1
    Information was last updated in 2020. Accepting applications according to Source (search for AgriCompetitiveness). On the program page there is no information about accepting or closed applications.
  2. 2
    Eligible applications received after November 1, 2020 will only be considered if sufficient funding remains.

About the author 


Maurice (Moe) Muise learned the ins-and-outs of government while an employee of the Government of Canada in Ottawa for 10 years. His current focus is helping small businesses in Ontario to identify and maximize government grants to grow their business.
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