Canadian Agricultural Partnership, Place to Grow: Agri-food Innovation Initiative – Funding for Sectors (2022)


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.


  • 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:

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. 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. 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. 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.

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