AgriCompetitiveness Program

The AgriCompetitiveness Program is a five-year (2013-2018), $114.5-million program comprising a combination of government initiatives and contribution funding for industry-led projects.  The AgriCompetitiveness Program will make directed investments that will help the sector adapt to rapidly changing and emerging global and domestic opportunities and issues, respond to market trends and enhance business and entrepreneurial capacity. The AgriCompetitiveness Program will enhance the capacity of the sector to develop leadership, strategies, networks and tools for improving competitiveness, adapting to challenges, innovating and managing risk.

Program Delivery

Stream A - Facilitating Sector Capacity

This stream will support the value chain roundtables (VCRTs) to help enable industry to collectively and strategically build capacity and leadership. The VCRTs provide a forum for government and industry to undertake joint action, and promote the adoption of shared value propositions that meet the needs of rapidly changing domestic and world markets. The VCRTs are ever-changing to respond to the needs of the sector and consist of eleven Roundtables. The VCRTs continue to promote industry-led initiatives, in partnership with government, which is innovative, efficient, and accountable. VCRTs also facilitate industry and government collaboration in a broad range of regulatory, science and innovation areas. They focus on anticipating and keeping pace with changing consumer preferences, changing conditions in the marketplace, and evolving international standards in an increasingly competitive global marketplace. By anticipating and keeping pace with changing consumer demands, a competitive marketplace, and evolving international standards, the VCRTs play a critical role in increasing Canada's presence in today's competitive global market.

Stream B - Fostering Business Development

This stream will continue AAFC's past support of sector activities that allow agri-businesses to transition, adapt and improve their profitability and resilience by nurturing entrepreneurial capacity through the development of youth, young and established farmers, farm safety initiatives, skills and individual and industry leadership.

Funding under this stream is limited and will be directed to not-for-profit organizations who operate nationally in Canada whose proposed projects are national in scope but which support and complement Growing Forward 2 provincial initiatives with similar objectives.

In order to ensure the greatest sector benefit from available funding, priority consideration may be given to those project proposals which continue activities commenced under Growing Forward.

Neither commodity organizations nor academic institutions will be eligible for funding under this stream as initial recipients.

Stream C - Facilitating and Supporting a Modern Regulatory Environment

This stream will involve collaborating with industry and regulatory agencies to maintain and enhance Canada's competitive advantage in the sector by enabling stakeholders to participate and adapt in a regulatory environment that is undergoing modernization, and improving grower access to newer and more effective pest control tools for specialized crops through the Pest Management Centre's Minor Use Pesticides Program.

Contact Information

Stream A – Facilitating Sector Capacity

Contact the Value Chain Roundtables

Stream B – Fostering Business Development

Telephone: 1-877-246-4682
Fax: (613) 773-2099
TDD/TTY: (613) 773-2600

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
1341 Baseline Rd, Tower 7, Floor 7, Room 309
Ottawa, ON
K1A 0C5

Stream C – Facilitating and Supporting a Modern Regulatory Environment

Contact the Sector Development and Analysis Directorate at 

For more information on pest control tools, contact the Pest Management Centre.

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