Type of Program:
This program provides cost share funding to support 50% of eligible costs of Ontario beekeepers who wish to significantly increase their sales by developing new products or processes, or who wish to increase their sales in the Canadian market by implementing a comprehensive business or marketing plan. It aims to diversify and build beekeeper business capacity through support for: bee breeding for pest/disease resistance; development or marketing of niche/retail products; or pollination services expansion.
Comments on Funding:
Cost share funding is available to support 50% of eligible costs, up to a maximum of $3500 per beekeeper.
When It Ends:
Some focus areas require participation in an Environmental Farm Plan or Biosecurity workshop. Some assessment and planning activities have minimum requirements that must be satisfied. Ontario beekeepers holding a valid certificate of registration, issued under the Bees Act, for the current beekeeping season who wish to significantly increase their sales by developing new products or processes, or who wish to increase their sales in the Canadian market by implementing a comprehensive business or marketing plan.
should submit their applications and the support documentation electronically at ontarioprograms.net;
can also complete the Application Form for the Project Category they are applying under, and submit with all required documentation by email to CAP@ontariosoilcrop.org. Copies of Application Forms are available at ontarioprogramguides.net.
If they cannot apply online or by email, they may send hard copy applications and all required documentation to OSCIA by post or courier to 1 Stone Road W, Guelph ON N1G 4Y2.
Applicants must submit:
- 1a valid certificate of registration issued under the Bees Act, for the current beekeeping season;
- 2quotes or proposals for all activities that will be sourced from third-party suppliers (e.g., consultants) detailing services, outcomes and costs.
Other Things to Note:
Honey Bee Health Management and Advancing Beekeeper Business Capacity programs are part of the targeted intake to Support Honey Bee Health Management.
Approved projects under this category must be complete and operational, including having received all goods and/or services, by June 30, 2021, and a complete claim submitted by this date to OSCIA.
The start date for a project is the date on the applicant's Approval or Conditional Approval Letter issued by OSCIA for each successful project. Projects cannot be started before that date. Eligible costs can only be incurred, invoiced and paid for by the applicant after the date on which the Letter is issued.
The completion date for a project will be specified in the applicant's Approval Letter issued by OSCIA for the successful project. Eligible costs must be incurred, invoiced and paid for by the applicant on or before this completion date.
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