Up to $600,000 in federal and provincial funding is allocated for projects between April 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018 (FY2017/18). Eligible projects should enable BC’s agriculture, food and seafood sectors to increase export sales and expand international market access through participation in international market development activities.

Funding for this program has been fully committed and we are no longer accepting applications. You may wish to contact the Canadian Food Exporters Association at https://www.cfea.com/ and/or Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada at http://www.agr.gc.ca/eng/?id=1397220184548 for funding opportunities.

Eligible Activities

  • Exhibit in export focused trade shows, food fairs, sales exhibitions and/or participate in events or missions;
  • Advertise in foreign electronic, print media or event support material;
  • Produce and distribute attractive marketing and promotional material including brochures, pamphlets, web-based items, videos, trade show display material designed to generate export business, and translation of materials to target market languages;
  • Arrange meetings with potential buyers in the target market;
  • Host incoming buyer missions to British Columbia agrifood and seafood events;
  • Customize incoming buyer missions;
  • Host in-province visits by media and other influencers with the objective of increasing agrifood and seafood exports from British Columbia;
  • Identify and arrange meetings with partners in target markets to cooperate on a market access activity;
  • Participate in or present at conferences and other trade advocacy events (e.g., Pacific North West Economic Region, Trans Pacific Partnership or other trade policy consultations); and
  • Participate in provincial or federal government-led trade advocacy missions.

Eligible Applicants

Applicant organizations must have a head office or be registered in BC and market products grown or processed* in BC. Eligible participants are:

  • BC agrifood sector producers;
  • BC agrifood and seafood sector processors (Please note: fishers (harvesters) are not eligible for funding under this program);
  • BC agrifood and seafood sector associations/organizations; and
  • BC agrifood and seafood marketers.

* BC processed food is any food, seafood or beverage product processed and packaged in BC with more than 85 percent of the product’s main ingredients produced in BC. In cases where the main ingredients are not available in BC in sufficient quantities, the food must be processed and packaged entirely in BC.


Are Consultant costs eligible?
Yes, in many cases you can include the costs for consulting services as long as the consultants’ activities are directly related to your efforts in increasing export sales and expanding international market access. You must include a copy of the contract/agreement that you have with the consultant when you submit your application to IAF. In addition to clearly identifying the consultant’s scope of work and deliverables, the contract must also include the fees that the consultant is charging you.

For more FAQ: Growing Forward 2: BC Agrifood & Seafood Export Program FAQ


A maximum of $50,000 in funding is available on a first-come, first-serve basis until funds have been fully allocated. Participants must contribute 50% in cash of the total project cost. In-kind contributions can be included as part of the overall project budget, but are not eligible for matching funding.


All final project reports (including all receipted expenditures) must be completed and submitted within 30 days of completing an approved activity. Failure to submit a report within the 30 day period will result in forfeiture of the funding allocated by IAF to the completed activity.

Download the brochure: GF2: BC Agrifood & Seafood Export Program