Funding Supports and Opportunities Currently Available

  • The Poultry Biosecurity Preparedness Initiative launched on January 12, 2023 and is a new cost-share initiative, targeting the non-supply managed poultry sector with a focus on highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) preparedness and response. It has an intake budget of up to $1.5M to support sector activities. Please visit the Canadian Agricultural Partnership: Poultry Biosecurity Preparedness Initiative page for details including program guide and application form. Applications will be accepted from January 12, 2023 until February 17, 2023 or while funding remains available, whichever comes first.
  • Ontario Agri-Careers Support Initiative is a new cost-share initiative to support pilot projects to address food processing labour shortages and build a strong, competitive, and skilled agri-food workforce. The initiative is delivered by the Agricultural Adaptation Council (AAC) The program guide and application form are available on the AAC website. Applications will be accepted from July 28, 2022 to September 8, 2022.
  • The Livestock Veterinary Innovation Initiative is a new, cost-share initiative that will increase the access options for veterinary care, especially in rural and northern Ontario, to better support animal health, the livestock agri-food sector and the strength of the province's food supply. The initiative is delivered by the Agricultural Adaptation Council (AAC). The program guide and application form are available on the AAC website. Applications will be accepted from February 15, 2022 to March 31, 2022.
  • The application intake for Increasing Deadstock Capacity Initiative opened on November 18, 2021 and closed January 31, 2022. The initiative provides cost-share funding support for deadstock management to address immediate and short-term deadstock capacity needs at businesses in Ontario through increasing capacity.
  • The application intake for the Enhanced Biosecurity for African Swine Fever Preparedness Initiative under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership is now open. Completed applications forms will be accepted from November 5, 2021 until March 21, 2022 or while funding remains available, whichever comes first.
  • The Partnership's Intake to Support Managed Bee Health began accepting applications on June 21, 2021. The Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) administers cost-share funding for Honey Bee Health Management. Program details, including how to apply, program guides, and application forms can be found on the OSCIA website.
  • OMAFRA has entered into a Transfer Payment Agreement with the Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS) to provide agri-food businesses, organizations and associations with educational resources, tools and consulting services to help them implement COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Additional details about businesses that may qualify can be found online on the WSPS website or by calling: 1-877-494-WSPS (9777).
  • The application intake for Addressing Agri-Food Sector Labour Force Challenges closed on February 15, 2022.

Funding Updates

Cost-Share Funding

The Partnership offers cost-share funding to support farmer, processor, other businesses, sector organizations and strategic partnerships. Funding offered through the program is subject to change based on the timing of application intakes and the availability of funds.

More information on cost-share programming is available here.

Workshops, Resources and E-learning

The ministry continues to offer workshops, resources, and eLearning opportunities at no cost for the agri-food and agri-products sectors.

Business Risk Management Support for Farmers

Funding for Business Risk Management (BRM) programs helps ensure producers are protected against significant risks that threaten the viability of their farm and are beyond their capacity to manage. In Ontario, Agricorp administers BRM programs.

About the partnership

The Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership) is a five-year commitment by Canada's federal, provincial and territorial governments to support Canada's agri-food and agri-products sectors.

Strategic initiatives, including cost-shared funding, support projects in the following priority areas, where research and innovation are at the heart of all programs:

  • economic development in the agri-food and agricultural products sectors
  • environmental stewardship to improve water quality and soil health
  • The Partnership includes targeted environmental stewardship efforts - the Sustainable Agriculture in the Lake Erie Region (LEADS) sub-program, which aims to reduce phosphorus in the Lake Erie watershed.
  • protection and assurance to build public confidence through improved food safety, plant and animal health systems

In Ontario, the Terms and Conditions of the Partnership are flexible and provide opportunities to address emerging priorities and challenges facing our agri-food sector.

Federal-Only Programs under the Partnership

In addition to shared Canada-Ontario programs, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) delivers federal programs under the Partnership aimed at generating economic growth in the agricultural sector. For more information about these programs and how to access them, visit the AAFC website.