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We help Canadian farmers and businesses produce the best possible food and agriculture products. Through our programs and services we support innovation, sustainable farming, business development, managing risk, trade and market development.

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Program/Service What this service offers Who is this for
Advance Payments Program Provides producers with a cash advance on the value of their agricultural products

You can view your account information online with My AAFC Account.

  • farmers and food producers
  • young farmers or new entrants
AgriAssurance Program: National Industry Association Component Provides support, at the national level, to help industry develop and adopt systems, standards and tools to support quality attributes, health and safety claims about Canadian agricultural and agri-food products.
  • non-profit organizations
AgriAssurance: Small and Medium-sized Enterprise Component Provides targeted support to companies to help implement third-party assurance certification projects that address international market requirements, thus helping expand export opportunities for Canadian agricultural and agri-food products.
  • for-profit organizations
AgriCompetitiveness Program Provides matching contributions to help the agricultural sector to leverage, coordinate and build on existing capacity, share best practices, provide mentorship opportunities, as well as agriculture awareness, farm business management and farm safety information and tools. The program will provide funding to the sector to promote the benefits of a career in agriculture and to enhance the public's perception of agriculture and its role in the economy.
  • non-profit organizations
Agricultural Clean Technology Program Funding for projects that support research, development, demonstration, commercialization and adoption of clean technologies in Canada's agriculture and agri-food sectors ($25 million over three years).
  • provincial and territorial governments in Canada
  • Indigenous groups
  • for-profit and not-for-profit organizations
AgriDiversity Program Provides matching contributions to support activities that help Canada’s agriculture sector to be stronger by helping the sector to better leverage the potential offered by youth, women, Indigenous peoples and persons with disabilities. The program will provide funding to promote the benefits of a career in agriculture and increase education and awareness.
  • non-profit organizations
AgriInnovate Program This program provides repayable contributions for projects that aim to accelerate the demonstration, commercialization and/or adoption of innovative products, technologies, processes or services that increase agri-sector competitiveness and sustainability.
  • for-profit organizations including:
  • businesses and/or corporations
  • co-operatives
  • corporations and co-operatives in Indigenous communities
AgriInsurance Provides producers with cost-shared insurance for natural hazards in order to minimize the financial implications of production and/or asset losses.
  • co-operatives
  • farmers and food producers
AgriInvest A national farm program that provides matching contributions to producers who make annual deposits to an AgriInvest account, to help manage income declines or make investments to mitigate risks or improve market income.

You can view your account information online with My AAFC Account.

  • co-operatives
  • farmers and food producers
AgriMarketing Program: National Industry Association Component Provides support to increase and diversify exports to international markets and seize domestic market opportunities through industry-led promotional activities that differentiate Canadian products and producers, and leverage Canada’s reputation for high quality and safe food.
  • non-profit organizations
AgriRisk Initiatives - Administrative Capacity Building Stream Provides funding for building the administrative capacity for the delivery of new risk management tools.
  • non-profit and for-profit administrations delivering agricultural risk management tools
  • provincial and territorial governments
AgriRisk Initiatives - Research and Development Contribution Funding Stream Provides financial assistance for industry-led research and development of risk management tools.

not-for-profit organizations, which are:

  • industry associations
  • co-operatives, mutual insurance companies or reciprocals
  • Indigenous groups
AgriScience Program - Projects

The program aims to accelerate the pace of innovation by providing funding and support for pre-commercial science activities and cutting-edge research that benefits the agriculture and agri-food sector and Canadians.

This component aims to support specific shorter-term research activities to help industry overcome challenges and address fiscal barriers experienced by small and emerging sectors. They also seek to mitigate high risk opportunities that have the potential to yield significant returns.

  • for-profit organizations including:
    • businesses and/or corporations
    • co-operatives
    • Indigenous groups
  • non-profit organizations including:
    • associations
    • corporations
    • co-operatives
    • Indigenous groups
AgriStability A national whole farm program that provides income support to producers who experience a large margin decline.

You can view your account information online with My AAFC Account.

  • co-operatives
  • farmers and food producers
Canadian Agricultural Loans Act Program Provides financial loan guarantees to farmers and agricultural co-operatives in order to establish, improve, and develop farms.
  • co-operatives
  • farmers and food producers
  • young farmers or new entrants
Canadian Agricultural Strategic Priorities Program Supports the Canadian agricultural sector’s participation in the Government of Canada’s growth and policy objectives, by investing in the sector’s design, development and implementation of tools and strategies to respond to and seize on opportunities created by these objectives.
  • non-profit organizations and associations
  • co-operatives
  • marketing boards
  • Indigenous groups
Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency Permits, Licences and Authorizations Permits, licences and authorizations for Canadian racetrack and betting theatre operators to conduct pari-mutuel betting on horse races
  • Canadian racetrack and betting theatre operators
Dairy Direct Payment Program Compensation to dairy producers as a result of market access commitments made under recent international trade agreements, namely the Canada–European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).
  • dairy producers
Farm Debt Mediation Service Provides financial counselling and mediation services to farmers in financial difficulty.
  • farmers and food producers
Indigenous Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative Supports Indigenous communities and entrepreneurs who are ready to launch agriculture and food systems projects and others who want to build their capacity to participate in the Canadian agriculture and agri-food sector.
  • Indigenous communities and governments (includes band and tribal councils, governments of self-governing First Nations, local governments of Inuit communities and Métis organizations)
  • Indigenous for-profit and not-for-profit corporations, associations, cooperatives and institutions
  • Indigenous businesses, partnerships and joint ventures
Local Food Infrastructure Fund – Infrastructure and Equipment Improvement Projects

The program aims to strengthen food systems and to facilitate access to safe and nutritious food for at-risk populations.

The Infrastructure and Equipment Improvement Projects stream aims to enable small community-based organizations to improve their infrastructure and purchase equipment that is directly related to the accessibility of healthy, nutritious, and ideally, local foods within their community.

not-for-profits such as:
  • Community or charitable organizations
  • Indigenous groups
  • Municipal and regional governments in areas where there are no not-for-profit organizations that provide food services
Price Pooling Program Provides marketing agencies and producers with a price guarantee for eligible products, as a form of security to assist and encourage cooperative marketing.
  • co-operatives
  • farmers and food producers
  • industry associations and farming organizations
Saint-Hyacinthe Research and Development Centre's Industrial Program Provides direct access to sophisticated equipment and a versatile research and development environment to agri-food companies in order to assist with small-scale food processing and testing needs, and to foster innovation in the area of food research.
  • agri-businesses or food processors.
Technology Transfer and Licensing A variety of technologies and intellectual property available for commercialization
  • for-profit organizations
Canadian Agricultural Partnership programs
Program/Service What this service offers Who is this for
AgriAssurance Program: National Industry Association Component Provides support, at the national level, to help industry develop and adopt systems, standards and tools to support quality attributes, health and safety claims about Canadian agricultural and agri-food products.
  • non-profit organizations
AgriAssurance: Small and Medium-sized Enterprise Component Provides targeted support to companies to help implement third-party assurance certification projects that address international market requirements, thus helping expand export opportunities for Canadian agricultural and agri-food products.
  • for-profit organizations
AgriCompetitiveness Program Provides matching contributions to help the agricultural sector to leverage, coordinate and build on existing capacity, share best practices, provide mentorship opportunities, as well as agriculture awareness, farm business management and farm safety information and tools. The program will provide funding to the sector to promote the benefits of a career in agriculture and to enhance the public's perception of agriculture and its role in the economy.
  • non-profit organizations
AgriDiversity Program Provides matching contributions to support activities that help Canada’s agriculture sector to be stronger by helping the sector to better leverage the potential offered by youth, women, Indigenous peoples and persons with disabilities. The program will provide funding to promote the benefits of a career in agriculture and increase education and awareness.
  • non-profit organizations
AgriInnovate Program This program provides repayable contributions for projects that aim to accelerate the demonstration, commercialization and/or adoption of innovative products, technologies, processes or services that increase agri-sector competitiveness and sustainability.
  • for-profit organizations including:
    • businesses and/or corporations
    • co-operatives
    • corporations and co-operatives in Indigenous communities
AgriInsurance Provides producers with cost-shared insurance for natural hazards in order to minimize the financial implications of production and/or asset losses.
  • co-operatives
  • farmers and food producers
AgriInvest

A national farm program that provides matching contributions to producers who make annual deposits to an AgriInvest account, to help manage income declines or make investments to mitigate risks or improve market income.

You can view your account information online with My AAFC Account.

  • co-operatives
  • farmers and food producers
AgriMarketing Program: National Industry Association Component Provides support to increase and diversify exports to international markets and seize domestic market opportunities through industry-led promotional activities that differentiate Canadian products and producers, and leverage Canada’s reputation for high quality and safe food.
  • non-profit organizations
AgriMarketing Program: Small and Medium-sized enterprise Component Provides targeted support to companies for international initiatives. Under the AgriMarketing: Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Component, funding will be available to help implement international export plans, which include promotional and market development activities.
  • for-profit organizations
AgriRisk Initiatives - Administrative Capacity Building Stream Provides funding for building the administrative capacity for the delivery of new risk management tools.
  • non-profit and for-profit administrations delivering agricultural risk management tools
  • provincial and territorial governments
AgriRisk Initiatives - Microgrants Provides funding for academic research proposals that address issues relevant to business risk management in the Canadian agriculture sector.
  • registered non-profit organizations
  • academic institutions
AgriRisk Initiatives - Research and Development Contribution Funding Stream Provides financial assistance for industry-led research and development of risk management tools.

not-for-profit organizations, which are:

  • industry associations
  • co-operatives, mutual insurance companies or reciprocals
  • Indigenous groups
AgriScience Program – Clusters

The program aims to accelerate the pace of innovation by providing funding and support for pre-commercial science activities and cutting-edge research that benefits the agriculture and agri-food sector and Canadians.

Cluster proposals are intended to mobilize industry, government and academia through partnerships, and address priority themes and horizontal issues that are national in scope.

  • industry groups
  • non-profit organizations
AgriScience Program - Projects

The program aims to accelerate the pace of innovation by providing funding and support for pre-commercial science activities and cutting-edge research that benefits the agriculture and agri-food sector and Canadians.

This component aims to support specific shorter-term research activities to help industry overcome challenges and address fiscal barriers experienced by small and emerging sectors. They also seek to mitigate high risk opportunities that have the potential to yield significant returns.

  • for-profit organizations including:
    • businesses and/or corporations
    • co-operatives
    • Indigenous groups
  • non-profit organizations including:
    • associations
    • corporations
    • co-operatives
    • Indigenous groups
AgriStability

A national whole farm program that provides income support to producers who experience a large margin decline.

You can view your account information online with My AAFC Account.

  • co-operatives
  • farmers and food producers
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Program/Service What this service offers Who is this for
Advance Payments Program Provides producers with a cash advance on the value of their agricultural products

You can view your account information online with My AAFC Account.

  • farmers and food producers
  • young farmers or new entrants
AgriAssurance Program: National Industry Association Component Provides support, at the national level, to help industry develop and adopt systems, standards and tools to support quality attributes, health and safety claims about Canadian agricultural and agri-food products.
  • non-profit organizations
AgriAssurance: Small and Medium-sized Enterprise Component Provides targeted support to companies to help implement third-party assurance certification projects that address international market requirements, thus helping expand export opportunities for Canadian agricultural and agri-food products.
  • for-profit organizations
AgriCompetitiveness Program Provides matching contributions to help the agricultural sector to leverage, coordinate and build on existing capacity, share best practices, provide mentorship opportunities, as well as agriculture awareness, farm business management and farm safety information and tools. The program will provide funding to the sector to promote the benefits of a career in agriculture and to enhance the public's perception of agriculture and its role in the economy.
  • non-profit organizations
Agricultural Clean Technology Program Funding for projects that support research, development, demonstration, commercialization and adoption of clean technologies in Canada's agriculture and agri-food sectors ($25 million over three years).
  • provincial and territorial governments in Canada
  • Indigenous groups
  • for-profit and not-for-profit organizations
Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Program Funding for projects that address a need for either more research or better technology transfer with a goal of developing beneficial management practices that reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the areas of livestock systems, cropping systems, agricultural water use efficiency and agroforestry.
  • Aboriginal organizations
  • co-operatives
  • educational or research institutions
  • governments
  • industry associations and farming organizations
  • non-profit or community organizations
AgriDiversity Program Provides matching contributions to support activities that help Canada’s agriculture sector to be stronger by helping the sector to better leverage the potential offered by youth, women, Indigenous peoples and persons with disabilities. The program will provide funding to promote the benefits of a career in agriculture and increase education and awareness.
  • non-profit organizations
Agri-Food Trade Service for Exporters Market information, programs and services to help you export your agriculture and food products.
  • agri-businesses or food processors
  • agricultural service providers and suppliers
  • farmers and food producers
  • fishing and aquaculture industries
  • industry associations and farming organizations
AgriInnovate Program This program provides repayable contributions for projects that aim to accelerate the demonstration, commercialization and/or adoption of innovative products, technologies, processes or services that increase agri-sector competitiveness and sustainability.
  • for-profit organizations including:
  • businesses and/or corporations
  • co-operatives
  • corporations and co-operatives in Indigenous communities
AgriInsurance Provides producers with cost-shared insurance for natural hazards in order to minimize the financial implications of production and/or asset losses.
  • co-operatives
  • farmers and food producers
AgriInvest A national farm program that provides matching contributions to producers who make annual deposits to an AgriInvest account, to help manage income declines or make investments to mitigate risks or improve market income.

You can view your account information online with My AAFC Account.

  • co-operatives
  • farmers and food producers
AgriMarketing Program: National Industry Association Component Provides support to increase and diversify exports to international markets and seize domestic market opportunities through industry-led promotional activities that differentiate Canadian products and producers, and leverage Canada’s reputation for high quality and safe food.
  • non-profit organizations
AgriMarketing Program: Small and Medium-sized enterprise Component Provides support for small and medium-sized enterprises to undertake promotional and market development activities in markets other than Canada.
  • small and medium-sized enterprises
AgriRecovery

AgriRecovery is a framework that guides how federal-provincial-territorial governments work together to assess the impacts of disasters on Canada's agricultural producers and respond with timely, targeted initiatives where there is need for assistance beyond ongoing programming. Initiatives developed under the AgriRecovery Framework are designed to help producers with the extraordinary costs necessary for recovery.

Producers cannot apply directly to the AgriRecovery Framework, but to individual initiatives launched under the Framework. See the AgriRecovery website for a list and links to current initiatives. Initiatives are typically administered by the participating province(s)/territory(ies).

  • agricultural producers whose operations have been affected by a natural disaster event (for example, disease, pest, extreme weather)
AgriRisk Initiatives - Administrative Capacity Building Stream Provides funding for building the administrative capacity for the delivery of new risk management tools.
  • non-profit and for-profit administrations delivering agricultural risk management tools
  • provincial and territorial governments
AgriRisk Initiatives - Microgrants Provides funding for academic research proposals that address issues relevant to business risk management in the Canadian agriculture sector.
  • registered non-profit organizations
  • academic institutions
AgriRisk Initiatives - Research and Development Contribution Funding Stream Provides financial assistance for industry-led research and development of risk management tools.

not-for-profit organizations, which are:

  • industry associations
  • co-operatives, mutual insurance companies or reciprocals
  • Indigenous groups
AgriScience Program – Clusters

The program aims to accelerate the pace of innovation by providing funding and support for pre-commercial science activities and cutting-edge research that benefits the agriculture and agri-food sector and Canadians.

Cluster proposals are intended to mobilize industry, government and academia through partnerships, and address priority themes and horizontal issues that are national in scope.

  • industry groups
  • non-profit organizations
AgriScience Program - Projects

The program aims to accelerate the pace of innovation by providing funding and support for pre-commercial science activities and cutting-edge research that benefits the agriculture and agri-food sector and Canadians.

This component aims to support specific shorter-term research activities to help industry overcome challenges and address fiscal barriers experienced by small and emerging sectors. They also seek to mitigate high risk opportunities that have the potential to yield significant returns.

  • for-profit organizations including:
    • businesses and/or corporations
    • co-operatives
    • Indigenous groups
  • non-profit organizations including:
    • associations
    • corporations
    • co-operatives
    • Indigenous groups
AgriStability A national whole farm program that provides income support to producers who experience a large margin decline.

You can view your account information online with My AAFC Account.

  • co-operatives
  • farmers and food producers
Canada Brand Canada Brand members have access to a suite of tools, free of charge, including specialized graphics in multiple formats and languages, professional Canadian photography, and market research reports.
  • agri-businesses or food processors
  • industry associations and farming organizations
Canadian Agricultural Loans Act Program Provides financial loan guarantees to farmers and agricultural co-operatives in order to establish, improve, and develop farms.
  • co-operatives
  • farmers and food producers
  • young farmers or new entrants
Canadian Agricultural Strategic Priorities Program Supports the Canadian agricultural sector’s participation in the Government of Canada’s growth and policy objectives, by investing in the sector’s design, development and implementation of tools and strategies to respond to and seize on opportunities created by these objectives.
  • non-profit organizations and associations
  • co-operatives
  • marketing boards
  • Indigenous groups
Canadian Animal Genetic Resources The program aims to preserve the genetic diversity of Canadian livestock and poultry breeds, and to develop new techniques to conserve germplasm.
  • agri-business or food producers
  • co-operatives
  • farmers and food producers
Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency Permits, Licences and Authorizations Permits, licences and authorizations for Canadian racetrack and betting theatre operators to conduct pari-mutuel betting on horse races
  • Canadian racetrack and betting theatre operators
Canadian Soil Information Service

National Soil Database - the national archive for soil and land resource information in Canada.

Soil interpretations - land use management and planning tools developed to assist in land assessment and decision making.

Soil survey reports and printed maps - soil survey reports and maps for Canada published at scales more detailed than 1:1 million.

Reference publications and manuals - documents describing soil survey methodology, soil and landscape classification, laboratory analyses, and geographic information system (GIS) procedures

  • educational or research institutions
  • farmers and food producers
  • governments
Coordinated Agriculture Policy Research Initiative The program provides resources, including data and models as well as departmental experts to the academic community to enhance evidence-based policy development for the agriculture and agri-food sector in Canada.
  • Principal Investigators who are independent researchers with an academic institution or research appointment
Dairy Direct Payment Program Compensation to dairy producers as a result of market access commitments made under recent international trade agreements, namely the Canada–European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).
  • dairy producers
Dairy Farm Investment Program Dairy farmers can receive up to $100,000 for targeted investments in farm technologies and upgrades to equipment that improve productivity.
  • Canadian licensed cow milk producers
Dairy Processing Investment Fund Dairy processors can receive up to $10 million to support investments in equipment and infrastructure and up to $250,000 to access expertise
  • cheesemakers and other dairy processors
  • non-profit organizations involved in the dairy sector
Drought Watch Provides timely information to the agricultural sector in order to identify the impacts of climatic variability on water supply and agriculture
  • Aboriginal individuals and organizations
  • agri-businesses or food processors
  • co-operatives
  • educational or research institutions
  • farmers and food producers
  • food service providers or food retailers
  • governments
  • industry associations and farming organizations
  • non-profit or community organizations
  • students and researchers
Farm Debt Mediation Service Provides financial counselling and mediation services to farmers in financial difficulty.
  • farmers and food producers
Geospatial products Provides online access to agriculture-related maps, geospatial data and tools to help you understand the geography of agriculture and make better decisions for environmentally responsible yet competitive agriculture.
  • aboriginal individuals and organizations
  • agri-businesses or food processors
  • agricultural service providers and suppliers
  • educational or research institutions
  • farmers and food producers
  • fishing and aquaculture industries
  • general public
  • governments
  • industry associations and farming organizations
  • non-profit or community organizations
  • students and researchers
Indigenous Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative Supports Indigenous communities and entrepreneurs who are ready to launch agriculture and food systems projects and others who want to build their capacity to participate in the Canadian agriculture and agri-food sector.
  • Indigenous communities and governments (includes band and tribal councils, governments of self-governing First Nations, local governments of Inuit communities and Métis organizations)
  • Indigenous for-profit and not-for-profit corporations, associations, cooperatives and institutions
  • Indigenous businesses, partnerships and joint ventures
Indigenous Pathfinder service Provides advice and referral to help navigate the relevant information, tools and support available to start or expand activities in the agriculture and agri-food sector.
  • Indigenous individuals and organizations
Living Laboratories Initiative: Collaborative Program To establish a nation-wide network of sites where groups both in and outside of government can collaborate to co-develop, assess and implement innovative solutions to address persistent agri-environmental issues.
  • Not-for-profit organizations
  • Indigenous groups
  • Agriculture producer(s) and or producer groups
  • Academic institutions
Local Food Infrastructure Fund – Infrastructure and Equipment Improvement Projects

The program aims to strengthen food systems and to facilitate access to safe and nutritious food for at-risk populations.

The Infrastructure and Equipment Improvement Projects stream aims to enable small community-based organizations to improve their infrastructure and purchase equipment that is directly related to the accessibility of healthy, nutritious, and ideally, local foods within their community.

not-for-profits such as:
  • Community or charitable organizations
  • Indigenous groups
  • Municipal and regional governments in areas where there are no not-for-profit organizations that provide food services
Minor Use Pesticides Program Works with producers, the provinces, Health Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency, pesticide manufacturers and the U.S. IR-4 Project to establish producer-selected pest problems on minor crops, match them with pesticides and prepare regulatory submissions for new minor uses of pesticides.
  • organizations
  • producers
Office of Intellectual Property and Commercialization Supports the development and transfer of the results of research efforts by the Science and Technology Branch (STB) of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC).
  • agri-businesses or food processors
  • agricultural service providers and suppliers
  • educational or research institutions
  • industry associations and farming organizations
Pesticide Risk Reduction Program Develops pesticide risk reduction strategies and associated tools, practices and technologies which reduce the risk to human health and the environment posed by pesticide use in agriculture.
  • academic institutions
  • grower organizations
Price Pooling Program Provides marketing agencies and producers with a price guarantee for eligible products, as a form of security to assist and encourage cooperative marketing.
  • co-operatives
  • farmers and food producers
  • industry associations and farming organizations
Saint-Hyacinthe Research and Development Centre's Industrial Program Provides direct access to sophisticated equipment and a versatile research and development environment to agri-food companies in order to assist with small-scale food processing and testing needs, and to foster innovation in the area of food research.
  • agri-businesses or food processors.
Technology Transfer and Licensing A variety of technologies and intellectual property available for commercialization
  • for-profit organizations
Youth Employment and Skills Program Provides funding to organizations for the creation of agricultural internships that provide career-related work experiences to youth and youth facing barriers.
  • youth
  • youth facing barriers

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