The B.C. Investment Agriculture Foundation is an industry led, not for profit society that creates funding opportunities to support a thriving BC agriculture and agri-food sector through the effective delivery of programs.
With more than 20 years of experience, we are recognized as the leading provider of high-quality and cost-effective program delivery services for the agriculture and agri-food sector in British Columbia. We have delivered over $170 million to industry on behalf of the federal and provincial governments.
What we do
We offer agile and efficient solutions to deliver programs and navigate change while never losing sight of the industry we serve.
Managing the vast diversity of the agriculture and agri-food sector in B.C. is challenging. We provide contextual knowledge and industry expertise that is focused on the client experience.
Government Programs are intended to improve innovation in, and competitiveness of the sector. We help eligible members of industry to access these opportunities.
Government and Industry work in diverse spheres. We facilitate partnerships by aligning industry needs to public programs.
With more than 20 years of experience in program delivery, IAF is trusted by both government and industry to effectively administer funding and strategically invest in projects that yield tangible impacts for our sector.
Going forward, IAF will create its own unique programs to further support the sector. In partnership with members and other stakeholders IAF will develop programs that respond to the evolving needs of the sector.
Reviews from Industry
In addition to offering strategic advice as a committee member for the BC Agriculture & Food Climate Action Initiative, IAF helps ensure administrative processes work seamlessly behind the scenes – from managing project contracts and payments to maintaining records management systems, service standards and program reporting, they do a great job of effective and efficient program administration.-Director, BC Agriculture & Food Climate Action Initiative
Terrific Resource for Industry
Our partnership with IAF has always been good, they have a wealth of industry expertise, so they really understand the applicants they work with and are a terrific resource for connecting industry needs with funding opportunities. We’re a repeat client so we also appreciate their efforts to streamline the application process and provide a pre-approval stage to expedite subsequent funding requests. Opening a dedicated intake window also enhances the consultation experience as IAF staff can offer more focused attention on application inquiries-Vice President, Sales & Marketing, BCfresh
Responsive to Industry Needs
The continued work of the Japanese Beetle (JB) Eradication Program Partners has resulted in an incredible decrease in the numbers of JB detected in 2019, reducing the risk of moving this pest into production areas as well as homes, wildlands and forests. We’re grateful that when the outbreak first occurred, IAF helped expedite the application process so we could quickly access project funding to address this threat. IAF staff have worked closely and diligently with us throughout the entire project, assisting with application preparation, delivering federal and provincial government funding and overseeing reporting requirements to complete the circle of support from all partners.-Chief Operating Officer, BC Landscape & Nursery Association
We provide customized end-to-end program administration solutions for programs that support the operational and environmental considerations of the agriculture and agri-food sector in British Columbia.
IAF’s program administration services feature a full suite of program management and implementation modules that constitute the full program lifecycle for government clients. You can count on us for:
- Program planning and implementation design
- Program promotion and marketing
- Planning and implementation
- Program monitoring, evaluation and auditing
- Quality Assurance
- Communications and stakeholder engagement
- Training and knowledge-base management
- Management of the applicant journey:
- Eligibility and enrollment
- Guidance on program eligibility and project structure
- Project due diligence and funding decisions
- Writing and executing contracts
- Project assessment and monitoring
- Payments and claims processing
We simplify the administration experience for both clients and industry:
IAF has four major clients: Agriculture and Agri-food Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Western Economic Diversification Canada and the British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture
Programs we have delivered include but are not limited to:
Rural & Indigenous Agriculture
Marketing & Retail
About the team
Our professional and dedicated staff have both technical and administrative expertise. Technically the team is experienced in agricultural policy, agronomy, food processing and manufacturing and administratively the team is experienced in project management, claims administration, communications and financial reporting. The team is underpinned by an industry-appointed Board that drives the strategic direction of IAF and is available to adjudicate the disbursement of funding if required.