Starting on January 8, 2020, producers, processors, and other businesses can apply for cost-share funding through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership . The deadline for applying is January 20th.
Similar to previous programs (such as Growing Forward 2), this is a five-year commitment by Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial governments that will support Canada’s agri-food and agri-products sectors.
Keep reading for more information on this program, or talk to your local OMAFRA or OSCIA representative.
Under the 2020 CAPS programming, businesses can apply for funding to support projects in key priority areas. Some examples relevant to greenhouse floriculture operations are given below (but are by no means exclusive!).
1. Business Analysis / Market Development
Examples for greenhouses would include developing a vision for growth and profitability, or new marketing plans/products to expand sales.
This category includes projects involving labour needs and sustainability. Applications that focus on responsible water and nutrient management through nutrient recovery systems would be eligible, as would mechanization plans to improve labour productivity.
3. Plant Health
This stream is designed to protect the overall health of plants in our agricultural systems. Here, projects like adding screening to prevent movement of pests into your greenhouse, or adding an isolation area for high-risk, imported plant material would be eligible.
More details on eligible projects/categories can be found here. Program guides and application forms can be found at https://www.ontariosoilcrop.org/canadian-agricultural-partnership/
Information on workshops and E-learning related to the CAPS program can be found at ontario.ca/agpartnership.