The Canada-BC Agri-Innovation Program has been renewed under the federal-provincial Growing Forward 2 Agreement. A total of $13.4 million in federal and provincial funding is available between 2013 and 2018 to accelerate the pace of innovation in British Columbia’s agri-food industry.

Funding is available to support industry, academia, retailers and others in late stage research and pilot projects that lead to the commercialization and/or adoption of innovative products, technologies and practices. 

Eligible Applicants

Applicant organizations must have a head office or be registered in BC. Eligible participants include:

  • BC agri-food sector producers and processors
  • Industry associations/organizations
  • Retail and food service businesses
  • Input, technology and support services providers
  • Academic institutions and/or other organizations and private sector businesses
  • Regional districts and local governments

Eligible Activities

Priority for funding will be given to five areas of activity identified to advance innovation and competitiveness in BC, and include:

  • Advancements in plant, animal and food science
  • Energy and waste management
  • New product development and commercialization
  • Improvements in soil, water and air quality
  • Climate change adaptation

Priority Program Areas

  1. Research and Development (R&D is now fully committed. Please contact your Program Manager or finance(at) to discuss alternative program funding opportunities.)
  2. Pilots and Demonstrations
  3. Commercialization and Adoption


Do I have to contribute my own money towards this project?
The CBCAIP is a cost-shared program. Depending on the broad benefit to producers and processors or British Columbians, you may be required to contribute up to 50% of the cash costs of your project.

For more FAQ: Growing Forward 2: Canada-BC Agri-Innovation Program FAQ


Funding is expected to be cost-shared, with significant potential for net benefit to the industry or agri-food region of the province. Eligible projects may be funded up to 100% in cases where the potential benefit to industry is demonstrated to be substantial. This program cannot duplicate the federal AgriInnovation Program.


Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis. The program ends March 31, 2018, will all projects ending December 2017.

All projects must be completed within two years of the date your application was approved. For projects approved after March 2016, your project must be completed no later than December 2017.