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Description: The 2020 grant focused on innovation to support new technologies in agriculture that contribute toward environmental sustainability.

Project must have a technology focus with an aim to further develop technologies via research in the following areas:

  • Marketing or promoting a new technology that addresses an environmental challenge for farmers in a specific sector of agriculture;
  • Developing and testing a new user-friendly technology that can assist the industry to comply with ever-changing regulatory requirements.

Guidelines: Grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded for up to half of a project’s cost.

Deadlines: The deadline has passed and the 2020 program is now closed.

2021 Agricultural Enhancement Grants will be announced in early January 2021.

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Description: The intent of this program is to enable BC’s agriculture and agri-food sectors in accelerating the pace of innovation. Funding will be available for activities that have been identified to advance innovation and competitiveness in BC’s agriculture, agri-food or agri-products sectors. Activities can include – late-stage research and development, piloting and demonstration, and commercialization and adoption of innovative products, practices, processes or technologies for:

  • The advancement of plant, animal and food science
  • The management of energy and waste
  • Improvements in soil, water and air quality
  • Climate change adaptation

Guidelines: To be eligible, applicants must be considered producers, processors, private businesses, academic institutions, industry associations, regional districts and local governments. Eligible projects may be funded up to 75% should the potential benefit to the industry be recognized as substantial.

Deadlines: Applications are currently being processed for the 2020-21 fiscal year.

To apply for the program for the 2021-22 fiscal year the application window will open in October 2020.

Application link: https://iafbc.ca/agri-innovation/

Description: The B.C. Agri-food and Seafood Market Development Program helps B.C. agri-food producers, agri-food and seafood processors, co-operatives and associations to identify, assess, target and develop market opportunities to increase their sales outside of B.C.

Guidelines: Eligible applicants:

  • C. Agri-food Producers;
  • C. Agri-Food and Seafood Processors and Cooperatives;
  • Recognized B.C. Industry Associations, Boards or Councils.

Eligible activities:

  • Marketing Information & Research
  • Market Development Planning
  • Marketing Skills Training
  • Market Development Activities
  • Marketing Collateral and Promotional Tools

Deadlines: Steps to complete application:

  • Confirm Your Eligibility; complete a Program Eligibility Form (Part A)
  • Receive notice of Program Eligibility
  • Engage with a Pre-qualified consultant (if applicable)
  • Submit a Project Application (Part B Application)
  • Project Approval

Application link: https://iafbc.ca/home/funding-opportunities/#1489503963784-5b2be039-5cee

Description: This program was created to help the BC industry develop enhanced on-farm biosecurity programs and an emergency response program that can be immediately activated to prevent a detected outbreak from spreading.

Guidelines: Funding is available for projects that address the following key activity areas identified in the Poultry Industry Biosecurity/Emergency Response Strategic Plan:

  • Implement enhanced bio-security protocols
  • Develop an emergency response management plan that links to the provincial FADES plan
  • Develop an effective and comprehensive risk management program

Deadlines: Please contact [email protected] to learn more about:

  • Program eligibility
  • Program requirements
  • To start the application process

Application Link:  https://iafbc.ca/other-programs/

Description: This program is available to organizations within the agrifood and seafood industries and is intended to provide education around their membership with traceability systems, their infrastructure, practices and any technologies that can be used via events like workshops, seminars, presentations or demonstrations.

Guidelines: Funding is provided by reimbursement and is available to organizations within the BC agrifood and seafood industries to provide support for traceability speakers at key industry events that are focused on one or more of the below –

  • General traceability
  • Premises identification
  • Movement reporting
  • Product identification

This fund covers 100% of associated costs with the traceability speakers’ expenses, with a maximum of $3500 per event or $10,000 per sector. Please note that funding is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Eligible applicants include any members of an agrifood and seafood organization.

Deadline: For more information, visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/industry/agriculture-seafood/programs/traceability-knowledge-transfer

Description: This program a cost-shared funding aspect and a licensing aspect. Its intent is to accelerate BC agri-food and seafood industry’s competitiveness in the domestic market through the support of local marketing efforts in association with a Buy BC Brand.

This partnership program aims to achieve the outcomes below –

  • Enable industry to undertake sector or product specific Buy BC marketing activities to increase local market share, product sales and consumer awareness;
  • Ensure consumers can easily identify B.C. agri-food and seafood products at the point of sale;
  • Build and maintain Buy BC brand recognition; and
  • Build a greater awareness of, and demand for, local food and beverage products across the province.

Guidelines: Program Eligibility Form for Industry Association, Board, Council, Agricultural Fair or Farmers’ Market and Program Eligibility Form for Producers, Processors and Cooperatives – visit https://iafbc.ca/buy-bc/cost-shared-funding/ for application form

Deadlines: Program application forms will be made available October 1st for projects starting April 1st the following year.

Application Link:  https://iafbc.ca/buy-bc/

Description: FCC provides funding and other services to agribusinesses that are providing input or adding value to the agriculture sector. For businesses looking to grow or expand, FCC can assist with finding new opportunities via their networks and financing expertise.

Guidelines: Funding is available for –

  • Crop input suppliers and retailers
  • Equipment manufacturers and dealers
  • Feed processors
  • Wholesale, storage and distribution
  • Grain handling and logistics

Deadline: Contact FCC for more information – https://www.fcc-fac.ca/en/about-fcc/contact.html

Application Link: https://www.fcc-fac.ca/en/financing/agribusiness.html

Description: The program began in 2017-18 with $250 million available to assist Canadian cow’s milk providers with improving their productivity via equipment upgrades. The intent of the program is to help dairy producers adapt to the anticipated impacts of the Canada–European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).

Guidelines: Please note that Phase 1 of the program has closed. Phase 2 of the program will provide funding assistance starting April 1, 2020 up to March 31, 2022. Applicants can seek funding for eligible activities that started on or after August 1, 2017. Please note that project activities must be completed by March 31, 2022. Reimbursement to applicants will be made in 2020-21 and 2021-22 as projects are completed.

Based on the demand, the program will strive to support investments in all provinces – approximately in proportion to their share of the total national milk quota.

Deadlines: The program ends on March 31, 2022. For more information on DFIP Phase 2, refer to the Dairy Farm Investment Program: Phase 2 Applicant Guide. http://www.agr.gc.ca/eng/agricultural-programs-and-services/dairy-farm-investment-program/applicant-guide/?id=1494010428766

Application Link: http://www.agr.gc.ca/eng/agricultural-programs-and-services/dairy-farm-investment-program/?id=1491935919994

Description: This program is available to agriculture, agrifood and seafood businesses so that they can purchase and install traceability systems, practices, technologies and infrastructure.

Guidelines: Applications are now being accepted. To learn more visit https://bctraceability.outcome-plus.com/

Participants are eligible for maximum annual funding of $16,000.

70% of project costs may be covered, up to the maximum funding level and participants may apply every year, however for new eligible activities only. Funding is limited and available on a first-ccome, first-served basis.

Deadlines: Applications are being accepted June 1-30, 2020. Obtain more information on this program by visiting BC Traceability Funding Programs.

Application Link: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/industry/agriculture-seafood/programs/traceability-adoption

Description: This program seeks to improve adaptive capacity by encouraging the adoption of effective farm processes to help mitigate impacts related to climate change. Supported projects include:

  • Promote innovation in farm practices, approaches and technologies that support climate change adaptation
  • Demonstrate farm practices that reduce weather related production risks, and identify new production opportunities
  • Develop informational and knowledge sharing resources and support increased sector capacity to support adaptation

Project types supported through the program include applied research, pilots, demonstrations, and adoption facilitation. Funding is available to support projects in four different farm practice categories:

  • Soil and Crop Management (includes horticulture, orchards, viticulture, seeded forage and forage grown for seed)
  • Livestock, Pasture and Range Management (includes livestock water)
  • Water Management
  • Whole Farm and Business Management


  • Individual B.C. agri-foods sector producers or groups of B.C. agri-foods sector producers
  • C. agri-food industry associations/organizations
  • Input, technology, support and advisory services providers
  • Academic institutions and/or other organizations and private sector businesses
  • C. First Nation governments, organizations, individuals and corporations

B.C. local governments, including regional districts and municipalities

Application Link: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/industry/agriculture-seafood/programs/farm-adaptation-innovator-program

Description: This is a national AgriRecovery initiative of up to $125 million in funding intended to help producers facing additional costs incurred by COVID-19. This is part of a suite of federal-provincial-territorial (FPT) Business Risk Management (BRM) tools under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, originally meant to help agricultural producers recover from natural disasters.

For more information about the AgriRecovery Framework, please contact us at 1-855-773-0241.

For information about individual AgriRecovery initiatives, please contact the applicable administrators.

TTY: 613-773-2600

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