Funding Opportunities

IAF delivers a variety of funding programs supporting BC’s agriculture and agrifood sector.

Programs we deliver

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AGRICULTURAL WATER INFRASTRUCTURE

 Through the program, primary and Indigenous Producers, conservation groups, water purveyors and Indigenous Communities will have access to cost-shared funding to adapt to climate change by investing in water infrastructure.

BC CLIMATE AGRI-SOLUTIONS FUND

The BC Climate Agri-Solutions Fund help farmers tackle climate change by adopting beneficial managing practices (BMPs).

BC LIVING LAB / AGRICULTURAL CLIMATE SOLUTIONS

In collaboration with our sector stakeholders, IAF is receiving funding from the federal government to establish a Living Lab in British Columbia.

BEE BC

This program supports small scale regional/community-based projects to research, explore, field-test and share information about best management practices associated with bee health in British Columbia.

BENEFICIAL MANAGEMENT PRACTICES

The BMP program is a complementary, on-farm cost-shared incentive program to assist farm and ranch operations to mitigate some of the risks identified in the farm-specific Environmental Farm Plans (EFPs).

ENVIRONMENTAL FARM PLAN

The Environmental Farm Plan and Beneficial Management Practices Programs enhance the capacity of producers to maintain competitiveness by adapting and responding to ever-changing environmental conditions.

EXTREME WEATHER PREPAREDNESS

The Extreme Weather Preparedness for Agriculture Program is a program which BC-based farm and ranch businesses can apply for cost-shared funding that aims to increase farm-level climate resistance to extreme weather events.

FARMED ANIMAL DISEASE

The Farmed Animal Disease Program provides funding to the BC livestock and poultry industry to invest in planning, preparedness, prevention, and mitigation for farmed animal diseases.

FARMLAND ADVANTAGE

Farmland Advantage is a research and development program that works with farmers to protect and conserve critical, natural lands, streams and habitats in British Columbia.

FOOD PROCESSING GROWTH

The Food Processing Growth Fund supports projects in BC’s diverse value-added food processing sector to scale up operations to increase productivity, business opportunities and competitiveness.

FOOD SAFETY PROGRAM

The Food Safety Program (FSP) seeks to increase adoption of new or improving existing food safety practices and systems by BC on-farm businesses and BC post-farm to enable the BC agrifood sector to meet existing and new national and international food safety regulatory requirements.

FOOD SECURITY EMERGENCY PLANNING AND PREPAREDNESS FUND

This program allows agricultural producers, industry associations and local authorities to develop emergency plans and preparedness strategies with a unique focus on food security and agricultural resiliency.

FOOD STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION AND RETAIL PROGRAM

The Food Storage, Distribution and Retail Program (FSDR) supports food systems partnerships in BC to advance practices, processes, infrastructure, and collaborations that will strengthen and streamline food system logistics, storage, and transportation and address supply chain bottlenecks.

FRASER VALLEY FLOOD MITIGATION

Working with Indigenous and local communities, the program will provide funding to agricultural producers at high-risk of flooding for solution-focused flood mitigation projects including riparian and ecosystems/habitat restoration.

GENOMIC INNOVATION

Genome BC and IAF have partnered to develop the Genomic Innovation for Regenerative Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Program to co-invest in projects that will provide genomic solutions to support the BC agriculture, food and fisheries sectors in addressing climate change.

INDIGENOUS FOOD SYSTEMS & AGRICULTURE PARTNERSHIP

The Indigenous Food Systems & Agriculture Partnership Program (IFSAP) supports First Nations and Indigenous communities, businesses, and organizations within the agriculture and food sector.

INDIGENOUS FOOD SYSTEMS & AGRICULTURE SKILLS & TRAINING

The Indigenous Food Systems and Agriculture Skills and Training Program (ISAT) supports Indigenous Nations, communities, businesses, and organizations in increasing Indigenous participation in agriculture, seafood, food processing and related community economic development initiatives.

LIVESTOCK WASTE TISSUE

This program is now available to help BC-based abattoirs and meat processors directly improve the accessibility and affordability of animal tissue waste disposal.

MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORTS

The Mental Health Wrap Around Supports Program is funding the expansion of AgSafe’s mental wellness in agriculture initiative that encourages producers to reach out for help and offers mental wellness resources for the agricultural community.

PERENNIAL CROP RENEWAL

The Perennial Crop Renewal Program supports producers to remove unproductive, diseased, or unmarketable cultivars and to adopt growing systems that are better suited to environmental conditions and market demands.

POULTRY BIOSECURITY

This program was created to help the BC industry develop enhanced on-farm biosecurity programs and an emergency response program that can be immediately activated to prevent a detected outbreak from spreading.

RECRUITMENT, RETENTION AND INNOVATIVE SKILLS

The Recruitment, Retention and Innovative Skills Program (RRIST) supports industry to adopt, implement and scale innovative tools, processes, practices or resources to raise awareness of, attract, retain, and develop the domestic workforce in agriculture and food.

SMALL FOOD PROCESSOR SCALE-UP PROGRAM

The Small Food Processor Scale-Up Program (SFPS) supports projects in BC’s diverse value-added food processing sector to scale up operations to increase productivity, business opportunities, and competitiveness.

SUMMER STUDENT FARM WORKER BURSARY PROGRAM

Are you a secondary or post-secondary student interested in or planning to work in BC’s agriculture sector this summer? You could receive a $3,000 bursary!

TRACEABILITY ADOPTION PROGRAM

The Traceability Adoption Program (TAP) seeks to build public confidence in foods and beverages that are processed or handled for consumption and trade by BC businesses along the agrifood value chain.

TREE FRUIT STABILIZATION

The Tree Fruit Industry Stabilization Plan funds initiatives with sound business rationale and whole sector benefits based on recommendations of the Tree Fruit Industry Stabilization Plan.

WORKFORCE ANALYSIS AND PLANNING PROGRAM

The Workforce Analysis and Planning Program (WAPP) supports industry and labour market partners in the development of market intelligence, domestic workforce strategies and implementation plans to better respond to the growing labour challenges in BC’s agriculture and food industry.

Current Initiatives

Agriculture and Food Workforce Development Initiative

The Agriculture and Food Workforce Development Initiative (AWDI) is an up to $15 million fund designed to support BC’s agriculture industry to provide a stable and increasing food supply through targeted efforts to recruit and retain a sufficient workforce to meet the labour needs of the industry. Funding for this initiative has been provided by the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction through the Canada-British Columbia Labour Market Agreement. The initiative is delivered by IAF. Programs developed under this fund include:

Completed Programs

The following programs are no longer accepting applications or are closed.

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