Dairy Farm Investment Program: Step 3. Before you apply

Step 3. Before you apply

Intake period: Closed

The application intake period for the Dairy Farm Investment Program is closed.

Phase 2 program contributions are capped at $100,000 for all projects. Approved eligible costs are reimbursed up to a maximum of 50% up to a maximum of $100,000.

The minimum funding amount that will be considered for a project is $1,000.

The maximum level of total government funding cannot exceed 85% of eligible costs per project.

All activities must relate to improving productivity of milk production from cows in Canada and be within the barn.

Eligible activities are of the following nature and type:

  • Hiring of external expertise (consultants) to assess how the dairy farm enterprise can improve efficiencies and productivity
  • Purchasing, shipping, and installing eligible equipment (that is barn equipment, commercial-off-the-shelf software and IT infrastructure, see Annex A of this Applicant Guide for a list of eligible equipment types)
  • Training necessary to operate eligible equipment
  • Retrofits of current facilities within the existing barn footprint related to the installation and operation of eligible equipment

All equipment must be installed and/or utilized in the dairy barn. Purchasing equipment for utilization/installation outside the barn (for example, tractors, self-propelled loaders, silos, office equipment) is an ineligible activity. Also, while applicants may seek funding to retrofit their facilities to accommodate eligible equipment, new buildings or barn expansions are ineligible. Applicants are strongly encouraged to review sections 3.4 Eligible Costs and 3.5 Ineligible Costs of the Phase 2 Applicant Guide prior to starting their application.

The program allows applicants to apply for projects that have already started, or have even been completed, subject to certain conditions.

Applicants may apply for eligible activities that started on or after August 1, 2017 ("retroactive activities") and costs that were incurred on or after August 1, 2017 ("retroactive costs").