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Indigenous Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative

Important notice

Due to the high demand for the initiative, applications will be accepted until July 31, 2021, for projects to be completed on or before March 31, 2023. All applications received by that date will be assessed based on their ability to meet program objectives.

Please contact the initiative’s administration at iafsi-isaaa@canada.ca to get an application form.

What this initiative offers

The objective of the Indigenous Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative (IAFSI) is to increase economic development opportunities of Indigenous Peoples and communities in Canada. This initiative will support 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.

Through this initiative, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) aims to contribute to the Government of Canada’s commitment to reduce barriers for underrepresented groups and focus on building Indigenous Peoples’ capacity to succeed in agriculture.

The initiative supports the development of partnerships between federal and non-federal partners, including Indigenous communities, provincial and territorial governments, and the private sector.

Who is eligible

For more information on eligibility, please consult Section 1.1 of the Indigenous Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative Guide.

Types of eligible projects

Projects under the initiative must be for the benefit of Indigenous Peoples and communities in Canada, as well as the Canadian agriculture and agri-food sector.

Examples of agriculture and food systems projects that may be eligible for funding through the initiative include, but are not limited to:

For more information on eligible projects, please consult Section 1.3 of the Indigenous Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative Guide.

Deadlines

Due to the high demand for the initiative, applications will be accepted until July 31, 2021, for projects to be completed by or before March 31, 2023.

Contact information

Due to the extraordinary circumstances caused by COVID-19, it is anticipated that the delivery of services will take longer than the published service standard.

The IAFSI is committed to responding to phone and email inquiries by the end of the next business day. If inquiries are received by mail, the delay may vary depending on postage timelines.

If you would like to know more about this initiative, discuss your project ideas, or if you are interested in receiving the application package, please contact the IAFSI:


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