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AgriCompetitiveness Program: Step 3. How to apply

Step 3. How to apply

Update on the AgriCompetitiveness Program

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Canada, as well as many provinces and territories, have established guidance on discretionary travel and public health orders restricting gatherings/events of different purposes and sizes in order to contain COVID-19 spread. These measures remain in effect until further notice.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) will be considering COVID-19 restrictions during the review of project applications under the AgriCompetitiveness Program.

As you plan your activities for 2021-22 (year 4) and 2022-23 (year 5), AAFC encourages you to:

Contact the program if you would like to discuss your plans during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Important Notice

Applications were accepted on an ongoing basis from February 13, 2018 to March 31, 2020 for the first three years of the program.

Starting July 1, 2020, a call for proposals process will be undertaken for projects for the 2021-22 (year 4) and 2022-23 (year 5) funding years. Applications will be accepted from July 1, 2020 until November 1, 2020. The Program will prioritize applications received within these dates.

Eligible applications received after November 1, 2020 will only be considered if sufficient funding remains.

The program ends March 31, 2023.

Before you apply, please read the Applicant Guide and Annex A: How to complete the application form for detailed information on eligibility criteria, support and funding available and the application process.

Please note that even if a project meets all eligibility criteria, the submission of an application creates no obligation on the part of the Minister or of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada officials to provide funding for the proposed project. The Minister retains discretion to determine, based on other public policy and public interest considerations, whether an application that meets the criteria identified in this Guide will ultimately receive funding.

1. Complete the application form

PDF forms

If you have problems opening a PDF form in your Internet browser, you need to:

  • Use your computer. The forms may not open on mobile devices (iPads, tablets, mobile phones).
  • Make sure you have Adobe Reader 11 (or higher) already installed on your computer. If not, download Adobe Reader 11 or higher for free. Adobe has help for solving common issues.
  • You must save the file on your computer in a place you can remember.
  • Open the file on your computer using Adobe Reader 11 or higher.
  • If you can’t open the form with Adobe Reader 11 or higher, contact the program.
How to download and open a PDF form
  • Microsoft Windows Operating System computers using “Internet Explorer” or “Microsoft Edge” as your browser
    1. Right-click on the link you want to save
    2. Select “Save target as” or “Save link as”
    3. Choose the location on your computer where you would like to save the file
    4. Select “Save”
    5. Open Adobe Reader 11 or higher
    6. Select “File”
    7. Select “Open”
    8. Go to the location where you saved the file
    9. Select the PDF file
    10. Select “Open”
  • Microsoft Windows Operating System or Apple computers using “Chrome” or Firefox” as your browser
    1. Right-click on the link you want to save
    2. When the option menu appears, choose "Download link file" or "Download link file as"
    3. Choose the location on your computer where you would like to save the file. Your computer will start the download once you have selected a location.
    4. Open Adobe Reader 11 or higher
    5. Go to the location where you saved the file
    6. Select the PDF file
    7. Select “Open”

The call for proposals process (July 1, 2020 - November 1, 2020) allows for a comparative analysis of projects against clear criteria, strengthens the Department’s responsiveness to economic trends and industry needs, and ensures alignment to Government of Canada plans and priorities. Online applications should be processed within 100 business days of the close of the July 1, 2020 - November 1, 2020 application intake window.

To apply complete the following forms:

Quebec Applicants

The Province of Quebec’s M-30 legislation may apply to Quebec based applicants only. It is the Act Respecting the Ministère du Conseil exécutif (R.S.Q., c. M-30). More information on the Act is available online or by contacting the Ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation (MAPAQ) at

2. Submit your completed application form and documents

To apply online, download, complete and submit the Project Application Form (PDF).

You can apply by email to

Contact the program to apply by mail or fax and to get an application package.

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