Funding Opportunities

We deliver a variety of government programs to assist the agriculture and agri-food industry in BC. Whether you’re interested in pursuing a local marketing or an export opportunity, enhancing environmental sustainability or developing a new product or process, funding is available to help turn your idea into reality.

Canada-BC Agri-Innovation Program

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BC Agrifood & Seafood Market Development Program

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Eligible Applicants

  • Primary Agriculture and/or Seafood Producers (includes growers, harvesters, ranchers, etc.)
  • Agriculture, Food and Beverage, and/or Seafood Processors or Cooperatives
  • Industry Associations, Boards, or Councils
  • Agricultural Fairs and/or Farmers’ Markets

For more details please visit the Buy BC Partnership Program Page

Eligible Activities

Activities Include:

  • Labelling Products, Packaging with a Buy BC Logo
  • Marketing Collateral and Promotional Tools
  • BC-Focused Market Development Tradeshows and Fairs
  • BC-Focused In-Store Demonstrations and Promotions
  • Print and Broadcast Advertising
  • Online Advertising and Social Media

For more details please visit the Buy BC Partnership Program Page

Application Process

Steps to complete application:

  1. Attain Buy BC Logo License
  2. Confirm Your Eligibility; complete an online eligibility check as part of your online application
  3. Receive notice of Program Eligibility
  4. Submit a Project Application (online)
  5. Project Approval

For more details please visit the Buy BC Partnership Program Page

Funding provided by:

Buy BC Cost-Shared Funding Program

Buy BC Partnership Program Cost-Shared Funding is available to applicants to undertake sector/product specific marketing and promotional activities to increase consumer demand and sales of BC agrifood and seafood products within the Province.

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Eligible Applicants

  • B.C. agri-food sector producers and processors
  • Industry associations/organizations
  • Retailers, wholesalers and input, technology and support service suppliers
  • Research bodies, academic institutions and/or other research organizations
  • Local governments
  • Non-timber forest resource harvesters and wildcrafters
  • NGO/non-profit groups
  • Indigenous Peoples and other underrepresented groups.

Eligible Activities

Eligible activities include late-stage research and development; piloting and demonstration; and commercialization and adoption of innovative products, practices, processes or technologies. Eligible activities may include but are not limited to:

  • Investments in applied science for major commodities within the sector;
  • Improved support for minor sector commodities and emerging and transformative areas;
  • Enhanced efforts in clean growth, environment, and climate change;
  • Accelerating the growth of the sector, particularly in agri-food and value-added food processing sectors; and
  • Strengthening knowledge transfer and adoption activities of projects.

Funding provided by:

CAP: Canada-BC Agri-Innovation Program

The CBCAIP assists BC agri-food producers, value-added food processors, academia, and others in the agri-food sector industry to accelerate the pace of innovation along the innovation continuum.

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Eligible Applicants

  • B.C. Agri-food Producers;
  • B.C. Agri-Food and Seafood Processors and Cooperatives;
  • Recognized B.C. Industry Associations, Boards or Councils.

For more details please visit the BC Agri-food & Seafood Market Development Program page.

Eligible Activities

  • Marketing Information & Research  
  • Market Development Planning 
  • Marketing Skills Training
  • Market Development Activities 
  • Marketing Collateral and Promotional Tools

For more details please visit the BC Agri-food & Seafood Market Development Program page.

Application Process

Steps to complete application:

  1. Confirm Your Eligibility; complete Program Eligibility as part of the online application
  2. Receive notice of Program Eligibility 
  3. Engage with a Pre-qualified consultant (if applicable)
  4. Submit a Project Application (online)
  5. Project Approval

For more details please visit the BC Agri-food & Seafood Market Development Program page.

Funding provided by:

CAP: BC Agrifood & Seafood Market Development Program

The B.C. Agri-food and Seafood Market Development Program helps B.C. agri-food producers, agri-food and seafood processors, co-operatives and associations to identify, assess, target and develop market opportunities to increase their sales outside of B.C.

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Eligible Participants

  • Primary Producers;
  • Processors;
  • Retailers/Wholesalers/Input Suppliers;
  • Value Chains (e.g. producer-producer organizations or associations-processor-distributor).

Eligible Activities

Eligible program activities include:

  • Research (including market development research)
  • Marketing
  • Infrastructure modernization (new or innovative equipment)

Funding provided by:

Tree Fruit Competitiveness Fund

Announced in February 2018, the B.C. government’s Tree Fruit Competitiveness Fund provides up to $5 million in funding over four years to support marketing, infrastructure, and research to support a competitive tree fruit sector in B.C.

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Eligible Participants

> Regional/community beekeeping associations or groups
> Beekeepers with permitted hives
> Groups of beekeepers with permitted hives working together
> First Nations/Indigenous Peoples organizations

Eligible Projects

Eligible project activities include research, exploration, and field testing of bee health related best management practices. Both conventional and new/innovative bee health best management practices are eligible.

Examples of eligible activities include:

  • purchasing a new piece of equipment and implementing it into your bee health strategy
  • implementing a best management practice such as beehive equipment irradiation
  • introducing pollen substitutes and/or supplements into your bee health strategy
  • seeding and planting new bee forage that offers nectar and pollen.

Funding provided by:

Bee BC Program

Announced in 2018, the Bee BC Program provides up to $350,000 in funding over four years to support small scale regional/community-based projects to research, explore, field-test and share information about best management practices associated with bee health.

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Other Programs

IAF delivers a variety of government programs to assist the agriculture and food processing industries in BC.

These include the Agri-Food Futures Fund, Agriculture & Agri-food Adaptation Programs, the Agriculture Area Planning Program and more.

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