Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) – Canadian Agricultural Strategic Priorities Program (CASPP) (2022)


The Canadian Agricultural Strategic Priorities Program (CASPP) provides funds for projects that address national or sector-wide priorities that help industry address emerging issues and capitalize on opportunities.

Comments on Funding:

Maximum funding for a project will normally not exceed $1 million, and not more than $5 million over five years for each applicant.

Eligible project costs will normally be shared between the applicant and AAFC at a ratio of 50% – 50%. AAFC may contribute up to 75% of total project costs where it deems that a project is a high priority for a sector or addresses a public safety concern of Canadians and clearly demonstrates the benefits to Canadians through significant levels of support (public and private interests). In exceptional cases, AAFC may contribute greater that 75%.

Total government funding (other federal departments, provincial/territorial and municipal governments) will generally not exceed 85%.

The applicant’s source of funding can be comprised of cash contributions from other sources including those from:

  1. other federal government departments;
  2. provincial/territorial governments;
  3. municipal governments;
  4. Industry and/or Partners such as:
  • industry associations and networks;
  • businesses;
  • academia.


Applicant must:

  • be not-for profit organizations that are incorporated in Canada, including:
  • not-for profit organizations and associations;
  • cooperatives;
  • marketing boards; and
  • Indigenous groups.
  • be legal entities that are capable of entering into legally binding agreements.
  • respond to new and emerging issues, and to pathfind and pilot solutions to new and ongoing issues in order to remain competitive. In particular, CASPP will consider projects within the following priority areas: 
  • adaptation to new technology;
  • environmental sustainability;
  • strategic planning and capacity building;
  • emerging issues.

CASPP will only consider projects that are national or sector-wide in scope. To demonstrate this scope, applicants must make sure that the project:

  • involves or is supported by groups or individuals that represent the targeted agriculture and agri-food sector (national or sector-wide); and,
  • ultimately benefits the stakeholders of the targeted agriculture and agri-food sector, which includes provision of demonstrable benefit to both public and private participants in the entire sector.

Normally for-profits are not eligible but may be considered for funding in situations where the benefit will be accrued through the entire sector or significant benefits can be accrued to public safety and/or the public good.

Applications Steps:

Applicants must:

Documentation Needed:

Applicants that have been invited to submit a full application (stage 2) will have 45 business days to complete the application and supporting documents:


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    1. an executive summary that links proposed activities to the Project objectives and priorities;
    2. a copy of the applicant organization’s Certificate of Incorporation or Articles of Incorporation;
    3. financial statements:
    • the organization’s annual financial statements (audited or review engagement) for the past two years or since the date of business start-up where the business is less than two years old;
    • the latest interim (audited or unaudited) financial statements; and
    • the most recent annual report or audited financial statements of the parent company or principal owner, if applicable.

    4. Letters of Financial Support from all organizations providing a cash contribution to the project as per the Budget;

    5. Project Endorsement Letters/ Letters of Support from organizations indicating they believe there is a need for the proposed project for the sector and expressing hope that the proposed project will be accepted;

    6. Capital Asset Pre-approval for Capital Costs to be purchased for the Project that are $10,000 or more..

    Other Things to Note:

    Applications are only being accepted for projects with end dates on or before March 31, 2024.

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