The Canadian Agricultural Partnership

The Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) is an agreement that provides funding for innovations in the agricultural sector. It provides repayable grants to businesses as well as other entities that are directly involved in the agricultural industry.

Recognizing the importance of the agricultural sector as a driver for economic growth, the Canadian government launched CAP on April 1 of this year to provide repayable grants to various stakeholders in the agricultural sector.


With at least $3 billion in earmarked funds, CAP focuses on strengthening the competitiveness of the Canadian agricultural sector and providing opportunities for producers, processors, and SMEs in the face of global challenges to growth.


Key Areas of Focus

CAP aims to develop the Canadian agricultural sector by funding eligible For-Profit and Not-for-profit entities to undertake projects that are in line with the areas identified by CAP. These areas include:

  • Science, research, and innovation
  • Markets and trade
  • Environmental sustainability and climate change
  • Value-added agriculture and agri-food processing
  • Public trust
  • Risk Management

Federal & Provincial Funding

Federal Programs & Activities:

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada delivers federal programs under CAP aimed at generating economic growth in the agricultural sector.

There are several sub-programs under CAP – Federally Funded activities, namely:


The program supports industry-led promotional activities that differentiate Canadian products and producers, and leverage Canada’s reputation for high quality and safe food. The program also helps some sectors maintain their domestic market.

Who can apply: Small & Medium-sized Enterprises & National Industry Associations. 


Funding will support sector-led activities such as farmer-oriented seminars, and conferences that identify industry best practices and build the capacity of the sector, farm business management, farm safety information, and tools, as well as activities which raise agricultural awareness.

Who can apply: Not-for-profit organizations including associations in Canada and Indigenous organizations.


The focus of this program is to accelerate the pace of innovation, support pre-commercialization activities and invest in cutting-edge research to benefit the agricultural and agri-food sector. Project activities must address key industry and government priorities.

Who can apply: Not-for-profit organizations, Indigenous groups in the agriculture, agri-food, agri-based products sector. 


This program focuses on initiatives to accelerate the demonstration, commercialization, and/or adoption of innovative agri-based products, technologies, processes or services that increase agri-sector competitiveness and sustainability.

The program will provide repayable contributions on projects that:

  • demonstrate a recently proven innovation
  • adopt new or world-leading agricultural products, technologies or services in clean technology, automation or robotics, and precision agriculture
  • introduce significant improvements to the value-added sector
  • provide new opportunities, or expand existing export opportunities

Who can apply: For-profit organizations operating in the agriculture, agri-food, agri-based products sectors such as businesses and corporations, co-operatives, and Indigenous organizations.


This program provides funding to help under-represented groups in Canadian agriculture, including youth, women, Indigenous People, and people with disabilities to fully participate in the sector. It also aims to develop their skills to take a leadership role, build their entrepreneurial capacity and business skills, facilitating the sharing of industry experience, best practices, and knowledge, and to help under-represented groups to manage transformation.

Who can apply: Not-for-profit organizations including associations in Canada, Indigenous organizations, and Official Language Minority Communities.


This program focuses on supporting initiatives for development of assurance systems and standards to foster public trust.

Who can apply: Funding is offered through two components.

For National Industry associations – Funding provided will assist industry associations (Not-for-profit organizations in the agriculture, agri-food, agri-based products sector, including fish and seafood) develop assurance systems, standards or tools, such as: food safety, animal and plant health surveillance, animal welfare, environmental sustainability, traceability, quality standards, market attributes, food defense, and system integration.

For-Profit Organizations: Businesses operating in the agriculture, agri-food, agri-based products sector, including fish and seafood, such as businesses and corporations, co-operatives, and Indigenous organizations can apply for funding to obtain third-party certification when it is required to meet an export opportunity.


Applications from producers, processors and other stakeholders are accepted until May 8, 2018. Get a FREE consultation.

Application process

Interested organizations and individuals may undergo a pre-screening eligibility assessment and must satisfy all requirements set by the program administrator. To know which CAP program best fits your business, and to position your grant proposals for seamless approval contact EVAMAX Group.

Cost-Shared programs by federal, provincial and territorial governments

Ever since it was launched, the CAP has been accepting applications in provinces where bilateral agreements have already been arranged, namely Ontario and Quebec. This investment will be cost-shared on a 60:40 basis and delivered by provinces and territories to ensure programs are tailored to meet regional needs. Read full article


To know which CAP program best fits your business, and to position your grant proposals for approval contact EVAMAX Group.


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