Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (2014-2019)

The Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (CAAP) (2014-2019) is a five-year, $50.3 million program providing non-repayable contributions for industry-led projects that help the agriculture, agri-food, and agri-based products sector to adapt and remain competitive.

The program ends on March 31, 2019.


The objective of CAAP (2014-2019) is to help the agriculture, agri-food, and agri-based products sector to:

  1. Seize opportunities:
    • Allow industry to take advantage of a situation or circumstance to develop a new idea, product, niche, or market opportunity.
  2. Respond to new and/or emerging issues:
    • Address issues that were unknown or not a concern before.
  3. Pathfind and/or pilot solutions to new and ongoing issues:
    • Pathfinding – investigating new ways and/or different options of dealing with new and/or ongoing issues.

    • Piloting – testing ideas and/or approaches to apply in the sector.

Scope of Projects

National or sector-wide projects will be considered for funding.

Available Funding

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) will determine funding on a case-by-case basis.

The maximum funding amount for each project will generally not exceed $1 million. An Applicant can apply more than once but, generally speaking, for each Applicant, funding will not be more than $4 million over 5 years.

Program Delivery

Eligible Applicants

Eligible applicants must be legal entities capable of entering into legally binding agreements. Eligible applicants are:

  • Not-for-profit organizations and associations, including cooperatives
  • Marketing boards
  • Aboriginal groups

How to Apply

You can apply at any point during the life of the program, until available funds have been fully allocated. Once all funds have been allocated, we will post notice on this website.

Please apply early to ensure you have enough time to complete your project. Projects must be completed by March 31, 2019.

Before you apply

  1. Read the Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (2014-2019) Applicant Guide for detailed information on eligibility criteria, support, funding availability and application process.
  2. Complete the Project Screening Summary and send it by email or mail. Contact information can be found below.

About the Project Screening Summary

To better serve potential applicants we have changed our application process to a 2 step process. Therefore, before completing a Project Application Form, you must first complete the Project Screening Summary and send it to us for review. The Project Screening Summary is used to determine your eligibility and fit for funding under the CAAP (2014-2019) program. After submitting this form, we will contact you to discuss your project and let you know if you should submit a complete application. The documents for a complete application will be sent to you directly via email.

Note: A funding decision will only be made based on an assessment of the full application package.

What Happens After I Submit My Project Screening Summary

After submitting the Project Screening Summary, we will contact you to discuss your project and let you know if you should submit a complete application. The documents for a complete application will be sent to you directly via email.

After you submit your complete application, we will:

  1. acknowledge receipt of your application within 1 business day;
  2. contact you if your application package is incomplete;
  3. assess your application and send you an approval or rejection letter within 100 business days of receiving a complete application package;
  4. contact you, if you have been approved, to discuss the next steps; and
  5. send you a draft proposed agreement, if you have been approved, for review within 30 business days of sending the approval letter.

We aim to work within these timelines. Therefore these are not an exact indication.

Assessment Criteria

Applications will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • how well the project meets the CAAP (2014-2019) objective
  • how much of a priority the project is for the industry and/or government
  • how much the project is likely to benefit agricultural producers, processors, other stakeholders and Canada
  • clarity and completeness of the work plan and proposed activities in relation to previous or current work
  • how likely it is that planned results will be achieved within the timeline, how appropriate the budget is; consideration of project risks
  • the Applicant's proven technical, financial and managerial capacity/capability

AAFC reserves the right to ask for any added information needed to review the application.

Contact Information

Toll Free Number: 1-877-246-4682
Fax: 613-773-1922
TDD/TTY: 613-773-2600

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Commercialization and Environmental Programs Division
Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (2014–2019)
1341 Baseline Road
Tower 7, 8th Floor, Room 204
Ottawa, ON K1A 0C5

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