Funding Opportunities

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

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 a Program Eligibility Form (Part A)
  3. Receive notice of Program Eligibility
  4. Submit a Project Application (Part B of Application)
  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

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

Eligible Activities

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

Funding provided by:

CAP: Canada-BC Agri-Innovation Program

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.

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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 a Program Eligibility Form (Part A) 
  2. Receive notice of Program Eligibility 
  3. Engage with a Pre-qualified consultant (if applicable)
  4. Submit a Project Application (Part B Application)
  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
> 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 provided up to $100,000 in funding over two 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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