CAP Grants and Funding
The Canadian Agricultural Partnership is a five-year, $3 billion federal-provincial-territorial initiative aimed at generating economic growth in the agricultural sector and delivering the greatest benefits for farmers, food processors and Canadian families. The Canadian Agricultural Partnership is in effect from April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2023.
Canadian Agricultural Partnership investments will help ensure Canada’s agriculture sector remains a leader in job creation and innovation. Canadian Agricultural Partnership will help achieve Canada’s objective of expanding agricultural exports to $75 billion by 2025.
There are a variety of programs open and accepting applications:
Agriculture and Food Sustainability Assurance Initiatives - Supports industry associations and industry-led non-profit assurance initiatives to develop and enhance sustainability certification or assurance systems. These certifications and systems demonstrate to the public the quality, safety and sustainability of products produced by producers and food companies.
Emerging Opportunities - Support Alberta’s strategic objectives related to growth and development of Alberta’s value-added agriculture sector. The sector is broadly defined as Alberta agriculture, agri-processing and agri-based products, and all projects must clearly support both diversification and economic growth in the Province.
Farm Technology - Adoption of innovative technology that minimizes agricultural waste, optimizes farm efficiency, and encourages the adoption of best management practices in farm security.
Farm Technology - that supports adoption of innovative technology that minimize agricultural waste and optimize farm efficiency (sensors and meters)
Farm Security - which supports producers in their efforts to secure business assets (Door sensors, Drvieway Alert Systems, Fuel Tank Monitors)
Value-added - The Value-added Program is focused on the growth of Alberta’s value-added food and bio-industrial processors by supporting projects.
Youth Agriculture Education - The Youth Agriculture Education Program supports the development and delivery of effective agriculture education programs that are science-based, topic-driven, curricular-linked and help students use critical thinking to engage in meaningful and informed conversations about issues that affect public trust in agriculture.
In addition to the above, there are other programs that are not accepting applications but will open when funding becomes available:
- Efficient Grain Handling - The Efficient Grain Handling Program is an energy efficiency program intended to assist producers with reducing the overall energy use on their operations. The program will fund equipment that shows a significant energy efficiency improvement over standard practice.
- Market Assurance - The Market Assurance Program focuses on addressing the market assurance gaps for plant health, apiculture health, livestock health, biosecurity, traceability, surveillance and livestock welfare. The program supports value chains with access to technical, compliance and market expertise, and technologies needed to implement assurance requirements and processes that provide confidence in the health, biosecurity, traceability, surveillance and welfare related attributes of Alberta’s livestock, crop and bee products. The program is focused on reducing risks associated with these types of assurance related market interruptions
- Water - The Water Program assists primary producers in enhancing agricultural water management for continued growth and long-term success of the agriculture industry. There are two streams under the Water Program on-farm irrigation projects, and on-farm water supply projects.
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