Canadian Agricultural Partnership, Place to Grow: Agri-Food Innovation Initiative – Strategic Solutions (2022)

Description:

Strategic Solutions projects will focus on collaborative opportunities with partners throughout the value-chain to accelerate the creation and adoption of innovative solutions to sector challenges, and advance sector opportunities to drive competitiveness and sustainability.

Comments on Funding:

Funding is up to 75% of eligible costs, ranging from a minimum government contribution of $250,000 to a maximum of $1 million per project.Funding for capital costs is up to $500,000 per project.

Applicants may access other government funding up to 85% of eligible project funding, but just one funding source under the Partnership for a single project. All funding for a project, including from additional sources, must be listed on the application.

Applicants must provide evidence of financial capacity to demonstrate that they can successfully undertake, cash flow and sustain the proposed project because project funding is provided on a reimbursement basis.

Eligibility:

Applicants must be 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 may apply, provided that each entity:

  • is directly engaged and has a vested interest in the project (i.e. contributing cash, is providing resources, project oversight, and/or expertise in the project);
  • one of the entities represents the targeted sector where the benefits from the project will accrue; and
  • 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.
  • While applications from multiple partners are preferred, a not-for-profit entity, that meets the eligibility requirements may apply as a sole applicant. 

Project partners may include but are not limited to: 

  • “for-profit” entities;
  • “not-for-profit” entities;
  • clusters or consortiums of associations/organizations along the sector value chain, and/or 
  • academic/research institutions. 

Entities located outside of Ontario may be a project partner, if the supply value-chain is primarily located in Ontario. Project must benefit the broader Ontario agri-food and/or agri-products sector.Project partners cannot also be venders/suppliers to the project.A not-for-profit is a legally recognized entity that:

  • is a registered charity, as defined in the Income Tax Act (Canada), and remains in good standing with the Canada Revenue Agency; or
  • is a corporation incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation or similar entity under an Act of Canada or a province or territory of Canada and is in good standing under that Act; and
  • has operations in Ontario (i.e., located in Ontario and, where applicable, have a membership composed primarily of Ontario residents/businesses/organizations) and is capable of entering into a funding agreement.

A for-profit is a legally recognized entity engaged in a business that has operations in Ontario and is capable of entering into a contribution agreement with the Province.

Other Things to Note:

  1. Please check back for Place to Grow: Strategic Solutions program updates.
  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 stream to better support the sector in recovering from COVID-19 and building resiliency for the future.

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