Comments on Funding:
The maximum level of total Canadian government assistance (federal, provincial, territorial and municipal) for the same eligible costs of this program will not exceed 90% of the total eligible costs of the activity.
The applicant must be a not-for-profit:
- operates on a regional basis in the fish and seafood sector; and
- represents a significant segment of production within that sector and demonstrates its ability to deliver a project from a national perspective.
The CFSOF has a two-step application process:
The expression of interest process allows applicants to discuss their project proposal, ask questions about the program and provide the program with a synopsis of their project. All documents for Step 1 may be submitted via email at: DFO.opportunities-initiatives.MPO@dfo-mpo.gc.ca or by mail or courier to Canadian Fish and Seafood Opportunities Fund – Polaris – P430, PO Box 1006, 1 Challenger Dr, Dartmouth NS B2Y 4A2.
Other Things to Note:
- The CFOSF is a federal, provincial, and territorial governments’ cost-share program of $42.85 million (70% federal and 30% provincial) and funds eligible activities supported by participating provinces and territories (British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories, Yukon, Ontario, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador). Eligible applicants under the CFSOF are not-for-profit industry organizations (e.g. associations and Indigenous groups) operating on a national, regional, or sector-wide basis in the fish and seafood sector who are active in, or supporting, marketing activities related to the sector.
- During the current COVID-19 context, the CFSOF is another tool to help the fish and seafood sector adapt to changing consumer demand and build new markets.
- Projects must end, and all costs incurred, by September 30, 2023.