AgriAssurance: Small and Medium-sized Enterprise Component – Step 2. Who is eligible

Step 2. Who is eligible

Eligible applicants under the AgriAssurance Program: Small and Medium-sized Enterprise Component are for-profit organizations operating in the agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products sector, including fish and seafood, which may include:

  • businesses and corporations
  • co-operatives
  • Indigenous groups

Small and medium-sized enterprises must:

  • be directly involved in growing harvesting, processing or otherwise transforming or consolidating their products
  • have up to 250 employees
  • have annual revenues below $50 million
  • be independently incorporatedFootnote 1
  • have completed market research
  • be export and market readyFootnote 2

All eligible applicants must be legal entities capable of entering into legally binding agreements.

Eligible applicants must also meet the principles and criteria outlined in the Applicant Guide, such as:

  • providing a minimum of 50% of the funding towards eligible costs
  • total Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada funding requested for a project must be no more than $50,000. If you have multiple funding projects within the program, the total contribution towards all projects cannot exceed $100,000

Who is not eligible

While decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis, generally, the following groups are not eligible:

  • third-party representatives, such as trading houses, export brokers, agents, or promoters
  • individuals and sole proprietors
  • not-for-profit organizations
  • marketing boards
  • governments and their agencies