No Fixed Amount

Type of Program:



Funding for Sectors will support agriculture and food value chain partners by offering cost-share funding opportunities to address identified industry priorities and outcomes for Ontario under Economic Development, Environmental Stewardship and Protection and Assurance.

The project categories are: Food safety and traceability, Animal health, Plant health (Protection & Assurance), Soil health and water quality (Environmental Stewardship) and Market development, Technology solutions and Addressing labor supply and training challenges (Economic Development).

Comments on Funding:

Funding is up to 50% of eligible costs.
Funding for eligible capital costs is up to $100,000 per project.
Applicants may request exceptions from the above-mentioned limits if funding for between 51% and 75% of eligible costs, and/or more than $100,000 in funding for eligible capital costs, is essential for a project to be completed successfully. These requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

When It Ends:



January 27, 2020


  • Applicants must be supporting partners, two or more legally recognized entities that have an Arm's Length relationship from each other and are working together as partners on a project, provided each entity:
  • is engaged in the project and will be contributing cash or in-kind resources towards the project,
  • is involved in the agriculture, agri-food and agri-products sector.
  • is in compliance with all Requirements of Law and agrees to remain in compliance with all Requirements of Law for the duration of the project.
  • Applications from multiple partners are always preferred. However, an entity that meets all eligibility criteria, is not-for-profit and Ontario-based and is not an academic/research institution, may apply as a sole applicant.
  • Applicants must be represented by a lead entity capable of entering into a funding agreement with the Province of Ontario. The lead entity must provide a Canada Revenue Agency Business Number as part of the application process.

Applications Steps:


Completed applications, including all required documentation, should be submitted by email to

Documentation Needed:

Supporting documentation submitted with the application shows:

  • project costs are substantiated (e.g., quotes, in-kind cost breakdown, details on specific budget activities, etc.);
  • a detailed work plan is in place for the project that shows the internal and external resources that will support project implementation;
  • formal studies and/or plans (business, marketing, research, etc.) are in place to support project implementation.

Other Things to Note:

  1. 1
    The latest application intake for the Place to Grow: Agri-Food Innovation Initiative Funding for Sectors stream is now closed. The Ministry is reviewing applications received by 4 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on November 26, 2020. Applicants will be notified once decisions have been finalized.
  2. 2
    The COVID-19 outbreak has created challenges for the agri-food sector. OMAFRA has been reviewing all programming under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership ) to ensure it addresses sector needs.
  3. 3
    OMAFRA continues to work on enhancing the Place to Grow: Strategic Solutions to better support the sector in recovering from COVID-19 and building resiliency for the future.

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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