Canadian Agricultural Strategic Priorities Program - Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently asked questions
1. Are there application deadlines?
Applications will be accepted until December 31, 2023 or until all funds have been committed. A notice to that effect will be posted if that date is before December 31, 2023.
2. What are some examples of the types of projects that can be supported under this program?
Examples of the types of projects that could receive support under the program may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Pilot new advances in on-farm and food production systems, development through automation and robotic technology refinement.
- Demonstration of artificial intelligence concepts and automated farming technologies.
- For sector adaptation where facing significant changes created by Government of Canada legislation, updated guidelines and/or standards, regulations or trade agreements both domestically and internationally (e.g., regulatory alignment with Canada’s trade partners).
- Value added transformation, such as bioproducts from agricultural fibre and agricultural residue from plants or flax as a high value composite.
Please refer to the Applicant Guide for more detailed information.
3. What are the expected results of the program?
A competitive and market-oriented agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products sector that proactively manages risk through:
- Supporting sustainable growth, adaptation and sector prosperity
- Supporting the sector to be more innovative, safer and stronger
4. What funding is available?
Applicants may apply for non-repayable contributions that will not generally exceed $1 million for each project.
5. Can more than one application be submitted under the program?
Organizations may submit more than one proposal as long as projects are independent of one another. Each submission will be evaluated independently. Generally speaking, for each applicant, funding will not be more than $5 million (over 5 years).
6. What is the cost-sharing ratio for Canadian Agricultural Strategic Priorities Program projects?
Applicants may apply for funding up to 50% of total eligible costs. If approved for funding, eligible project costs will be shared between you and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) at a ratio of 50% from your organization to 50% from AAFC.
7. What is the maximum level of government funding (federal, provincial/territorial, and municipal) that an applicant can receive?
The maximum level of government funding that an applicant can receive towards total eligible project costs will generally not exceed 85%.
8. Are in-kind contributions eligible for reimbursement?
No, in-kind contributions are not eligible for reimbursement, nor are they recognized as an eligible industry contribution.
9. How will projects be assessed?
The following criteria will be used to assess the application form and supporting documents:
- Program objective: How well the project meets the program objective.
- Priorities: Applications that do not respond to the range of priority areas may be assessed for lower Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) contributions, require higher industry contributions, or both. Applications that align, to a lesser degree with the priorities will be viewed as lower importance to the department, and may not be considered for funding.
- Benefits to Canada: Applications must provide benefits to Canada, which would include producers, processors, and other stakeholders in areas such as: increased revenues or decreased operating costs in the agricultural sector, increased demand for primary agriculture and/or agri-based inputs or increased employment in the sector.
- Canadian Agriculture Industry Collaboration: Applications will be assessed by the degree to which each project involves or is supported by groups or individuals in the Canadian agriculture sector that represent the targeted sector within a national or sector-wide scope, and the ultimate benefits of the stakeholders of the targeted sector.
- Feasibility: The likelihood that the planned results will be achieved within the timeline; the appropriateness of the project budget; and consideration towards the project risks.
- Capacity: The Applicant’s proven technical, financial and managerial capacity/capability to complete the proposed project.
10. What is the definition of a technology?
For the purpose of this program theme, technology is a manner of accomplishing an agricultural task using technical or mechanical processes, methods, or knowledge advancement. Examples could include the use of robotics, temperature and/or moisture sensors, aerial images, and GPS technology.
11. Can projects, activities and budgets span multiple years?
Yes. Projects, activities and budgets can span over multiple fiscal years, as it coincides with the project’s planned budget.
12. Are there provincial/territorial allocations?
Canadian Agricultural Strategic Priorities Program is a national program and there are no pre-determined regional allocations.
13. Are projects subject to reporting?
You will be required to report on your project. These reports include:
- Progress Reports
- Performance Reports
- Financial Reports
- Other reports may be required at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s (AAFC) discretion.
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