CAP: Canada-BC Agri-Innovation Program

The Canada-BC Agri-Innovation Program has been renewed under the federal-provincial Canadian Agricultural Partnership Agreement.

The CBCAIP allows industry, academia, value-added food processors, retailers and others to access funding for projects involving late-stage research; pilots and demonstrations; as well as the commercialization and adoption of innovative products, technologies and practices for the agriculture, food or agri-products sector.

Priority for funding will be given to funding activities identified to advance innovation and competitiveness in BC’s agriculture, food or agri-products sectors, and include:

  • Advancement 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

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
  • Retails 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

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 75% in cases where the potential benefit to industry is demonstrated to be substantial. This program cannot duplicate the federal AgriInnovate Program.

Upcoming Deadlines

  • Tue
    23
    Apr
    2019

    Agri-Innovation Application Deadline

    4:30 pm

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Funding Acknowledgement Requirements

Project materials must recognize the funding provided by the government of British Columbia and Canada to qualify for cost-sharing.

NOTE: You are required to ensure the requirements are applied consistently in all project communications, materials and products, failure to do so may put committed funding at risk.

For more information

To discuss an opportunity or project idea please contact the Agri-Innovation Program Manager:

Clayton Botkin
cbotkin(at)iafbc.ca

FAQ

WHAT TYPES OF PROJECTS ARE ELIGIBLE?

The Canada-BC Agri-Innovation Program (CBCAIP) is designed to help industry improve its capacity to be competitive and sustainable. Through the CBCAIP program, industry, academia, retailers and others in the agrifood industry will have access to funding to support the sector in accelerating the pace of innovation through late stage research and pilot projects that lead to the commercialization and/or adoption of innovative products, technologies and practices.

AM I ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?

IAF delivers funding programs designed to assist the agriculture, agrifood and agri-products industry in British Columbia. Eligible participants must be appropriately registered, licensed, certified, etc. to do business in BC. For the CBCAIP, eligible participants are:

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

Eligible participants must have the capacity to meet objectives and deliver the intended results.

WHAT TYPES OF PROJECT ACTIVITIES ARE ELIGIBLE?

Eligible Activities include industry-led initiatives to research, pilot, and/or adopt new products, processes, practices or technologies that:

  • Promise (significant potential) to create a tangible benefit to the BC agricultural sector.
  • Promise (significant potential) to enhance the sector’s competitiveness, productive capacity and sustainability.

HOW MUCH TIME DO I HAVE TO COMPLETE MY PROJECT?

Project length can range from a few months to a few years based on the type of project. Recommended timeframe for projects is to be discussed with Program Managers, projects must end December 31, 2022.

WHAT ACTIVITIES OR COSTS ARE NOT ELIGIBLE?

IAF receives many inquiries every week from individuals with interesting ideas that might benefit from third-party funding. Sometimes these ideas are not eligible for IAF funding. Here is a list of some of the requests that we receive that are not eligible for consideration by IAF:

  • Business Risk Management-type activities
  • Normal and on-going operating and maintenance costs incurred by the recipients unless otherwise specified
  • Use of funding to subsidize purchase of common items that can be used for multiple purposes (eg., digital cameras, GPS, smartphones, measuring tapes)
  • Activities that do not provide a direct benefit to agriculture, agrifood and/or the agri-based products industry
  • Activities related to aquaponic food production, and to aquaculture, seaweed, fish and seafood production and processing
  • Tax credits or rebates
  • Development and enforcement of regulations
  • Projects or proposals that are considered long standing practices in the Province of British Columbia
  • Activities that are unlikely to result in an improvement of product attributes; and/or reduce production cost, increase productivity, or advance the sustainability of a commodity group or region
  • Activities that cannot demonstrate a benefit to the regional economy or commodity group
  • Activities considered a direct income support to a producer or processor
  • Costs incurred for the delivery of services/activities to ineligible individuals and/or organizations
  • Activities that do not comply with laws/regulations
  • Buying, starting or expanding a farm or business
  • Capital expenditures unless expressly approved for the project
  • Basic research defined as experimental or theoretical work that is undertaken primarily to acquire new knowledge without a commercial or specific application
  • Lobbying or influencing any level of government

ARE ONGOING PROGRAMS OR ACTIVITIES ELIGIBLE?

All projects submitted to IAF for funding must be for time-limited activities that will be completed within a specified period. IAF is unable to fund ongoing programs.

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.

HOW MUCH CAN I APPLY FOR?

The CBCAIP does not have prescribed funding limits in terms of dollar value, rather the scope and the level of cost sharing for the project will be used to determine the funding that IAF provides. However, the more innovative and beneficial the project, the higher the funding ratio might be.

WHAT TYPE OF CAPITAL EXPENDITURES ARE ELIGIBLE COSTS?

No land or building costs are eligible. A portion of innovative equipment costs may be eligible  the value of the capital during the life of the project as well as soft costs.  For example a $100,000 piece of equipment that has an expected useful life of 10 years would result in eligible expenses of $10,000 a year which could be cost shared.  Soft costs include installation, shipping, commissioning, testing and training costs.

Note: Where the capital portion of a project exceeds $50,000, the BC Ministry of Agriculture must sign off on the expenses.

WHAT IF THE MACHINERY IS RENTED OR LEASED?

WHEN WILL I KNOW IF MY APPLICATION IS APPROVED?

Applications to the CBCAIP are accepted at any time until all of the program funding has been exhausted. Eligible applications will be reviewed approximately every 6 weeks. All applicants will be notified as soon as funding decisions have been made.

WHERE CAN I GO FOR MORE INFORMATION?