Wine Sector Support Program – Annex A: How to complete the application form

Annex A: How to complete the application form

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Application deadline

For the 2022-2023 fiscal year, applications for grape wine and other primary agricultural product-based wine products, excluding cider and mead, were accepted between July 4, 2022 and August 12, 2022.

Eligibility criteria

Begin by assessing if your organization and wine production meets the eligibility criteria detailed in Section 1.1 and Section 3.0 of the Wine Sector Support Program Applicant Guide.

Application form instructions

PDF forms

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General information

  • All mandatory fields must be completed and all questions must be answered in order for the form to be considered complete.
  • Ensure your application can be processed as quickly as possible
    • Fill in the form electronically (enter your answers into the fields)
    • Required fields with missing information and/or unbalanced values will generate an error message. Please correct errors to submit the form successfully. Missing or incorrect information could result in a processing delay or rejection of your application.
  • Hand written and/or mailed or faxed forms will take longer to process.
  • If changes are required to an already submitted application, or you wish to withdraw an application, do not resubmit a new application form, please contact the program at
  • Applicants will receive an acknowledgement within one (1) business day for online applications. If you choose to submit your application form (PDF) by mail or fax, it could take longer to receive your acknowledgement notice.
  • You should not consider your application as submitted to the program until you receive the acknowledgement notice and your identifier. If you have not received your identifier by August 31, 2022, contact the program by email at or call 1-877-246-4682. It is your responsibility to confirm your application has been submitted to the program.

How to complete the application form

Applicant information

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) will use the information you provide in this section to establish your organization's identity and assess its eligibility under the program.

For-profit organization type

Select the applicable For-Profit Organization Type from the four options provided.

Organization's legal name

Enter your organization's legal name as it appears in legal documents, such as articles of incorporation, etc.

Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) business number

A CRA business number is a 9-digit number that gives each registered business its own unique identifier.

Note: A CRA Business Number is mandatory for all applicants. Your application cannot be processed without it. Only one application may be submitted per CRA Business Number.


Enter the contact information of the person in the organization who is responsible for this application, and who holds a valid wine license.

You will need to enter the same email address again to verify the spelling.

Use the checkbox if the mailing address is different from the organization's headquarters.

If you are submitting the application on behalf of the applicant, check the box under Name and Address of Signing Authority and enter your name, position title/role, email address (twice), and telephone number.

Note: you must be a representative, duly authorized to sign and submit the application form, on behalf of the applicant.

Organizational capacity

Indicate the number of employees that work for the organization by selecting one of the three options provided.

Production information

Information in this section will be used to determine the applicant's total litres of eligible wine, as recognized by the program. Ensure you only enter litres of wine that fit the eligibility criteria in Section 1.1 of the Applicant guide.

Ineligible wine includes:

  • cider
  • mead
  • wine that originates from purchased or processed inputs, such as
    • juice
    • concentrate
    • syrup
    • must (that is, juice that contains skins, seeds and stems)
  • packaged wine is not eligible for support under the program.

If your wine product(s) has an excise duty exemption available beyond June 30, 2022, the wine product is not eligible for support through this program.

In Table 1, enter the total litres of wine you produced, excluding wine you produced for other licensed wineries in Canada and/or wine you owned that was contracted out for production. If one of the wine product categories is not applicable, enter a '0' in the field.

In Table 2, enter the total litres of wine you produced for other licensed wineries in Canada. You must provide the name of the organization(s) for which you produced wine. If one of the wine product categories is not applicable, enter a '0' in the field. To add additional rows, select the plus () button. If this section is not applicable, check 'Not applicable'.

In Table 3, enter the total litres of wine that you owned and was contracted out for production to a wine licensee in Canada. You must provide the name of the organization(s) that produced the wine for you. If one of the wine categories is not applicable, enter a '0' in the field. To add additional rows, select the plus () button. If this section is not applicable, check 'Not applicable'.

Location of wine production

Enter the complete address of the location(s) where your wine was produced.


Information submitted with the application will be used to verify your production information provided and to further assess the applicant's eligibility listed in Section 1.1 and Section 3.0 of the Applicant guide.

Submit the following information:

  • Copy of your valid wine license, issued by the Canada Revenue Agency, where the effective date and expiry date of the license are clearly visible (for example, a copy of the licensing letter issued to you by the Canada Revenue Agency's regional excise office)
  • Production records sufficient to trace the primary agricultural product(s) to the resultant wine (for example, blend sheets)
  • Records of transactions between you, the primary agricultural product(s), and other wine licensee(s) (for example, shipping documents, invoices).

To attach your documents, select the "Attach File" button in sections a, b and c.

Your application cannot be deemed complete without this information.

Grant information

Environmental considerations

Check the box if the applicant acknowledges the local, provincial/territorial and federal responsibility(ies) outlined.

Official Languages

AAFC is committed to enhancing the vitality of official language minority communities, supporting and assisting their development, and promoting the full recognition and use of both English and French in Canadian society.

Please note that answering "no" to the following questions will not influence the outcome of your application; however, AAFC may discuss this information with you to determine if linguistic commitments should be included in agreements.

Data collection
North American Industry Classification System (NAICS)

NAICS is an industry classification system developed by the statistical agencies of Canada, Mexico and the United States.

For more information, visit North American Industry Classification System on Statistics Canada's website.

AAFC has selected the NAICS identifiers that best suit this program for reporting purposes. To simplify the selection process, the codes are sorted into the following categories:

  • crop production
  • breweries
  • wineries
  • distilleries
  • food services and drinking places

Select the NAICS identifier that most appropriately applies.

The two (2) self-identification questions that follow are mandatory to complete the application form, however, you can select 'Decline to Identify.' This will not impact the assessment or eligibility of your application.

If you choose to complete this section, please identify which under-represented group(s) pertains to the applicant.

Indigenous Peoples
  • Individuals who are:
    • registered on a band list
    • registered as an Indian under the Indian Act living both on or off reserves
    • Métis
    • Inuit
  • or, Indigenous communities and governments such as:
    • band and tribal councils
    • governments of self-governing First Nations
    • local governments of Inuit communities
    • Métis organizations
Persons with disabilities

The Employment Equity Act defines persons with disabilities as persons who have a long-term or recurring physical, mental, sensory, psychiatric or learning impairment and who:

  1. consider themselves to be disadvantaged in employment by reason of that impairment, or
  2. believe that an employer or potential employer is likely to consider them to be disadvantaged in employment by reason of that impairment

Includes persons whose functional limitations owing to their impairment have been accommodated in their current job or workplace

Visible minorities
The Employment Equity Act defines visible minorities as persons, other than Aboriginal peoples, who are non-Caucasian in race or non-white in colour
Individuals who are born female or who identify as female
Individuals aged 35 and under
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, two-spirit and others. The symbol "+" represents the wide spectrum of gender identities, sexual orientations and romantic orientations not explicitly named
Not applicable
Use this section if the mandate of your organization doesn't focus on any of the above-listed groups
Decline to identify
Use this section if the mandate of your organization might focus on one of the above groups, but you don't want to disclose that information at the time of your application


Unpaid debts to the Government of Canada

The recipient of AAFC funds must declare any amounts owing to the Government of Canada. Any amounts due to the recipient under AAFC programs may be set off against any such amounts owing to the Government of Canada under any agreement or any legislation with the Government of Canada.

Lobbying activities

The applicant must ensure that a person lobbying on behalf of the applicant is registered and in compliance with the Lobbying Act.

More information on the obligations in the Lobbying Act can be found on the website of the Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying.

Conflict of Interest and Consent for Use, Disclosure and Copyright

Please read this section carefully and check the two (2) mandatory declaration checkboxes, if you understand and agree.

Conflict of Interest

Current or former public servants or public office holders are required to avoid real, apparent or potential conflict of interest situations while employed by the federal government, and for a period of time following their service. The Applicant acknowledges that any individuals who are subject to the provisions of the Conflict of Interest Act, the Values and Ethics Code for the Public Sector, the Conflict of Interest Code for Members of the House of Commons, any applicable federal values and ethics code or any applicable federal policy on conflict of interest and post-employment shall not derive any direct benefit resulting from this application unless the provision or receipt of such benefit is permitted in such legislation, policy or codes.

Privacy Notice Statement

The collection of personal information accompanying and submitted in support of this application is authorized under the authority of the Department of Agriculture and Agri-Food Act and may be used by AAFC to:

  • assess and review the eligibility of your organization under the AAFC program you are applying to, which may include disclosing your information to partnered federal or provincial governments, or third party industry associations;
  • verify the accuracy of the information provided in or with the application form and additional documents;
  • determine eligibility for other AAFC, Government of Canada or provincial programs from which your organization might benefit; and
  • evaluate the scope, direction and effectiveness of agricultural programming and research in Canada.

The information may also be used for the purposes of: contacting you should additional information be required; validating your credentials (such as business numbers, and valid licensing etc.); facilitating payment of the grant in the event the application is successful; program administration; and evaluation, reporting, and statistical analysis.

Personal information will be handled in accordance with the Privacy Act. You have the right to access your personal information under the control of AAFC and to request changes to correct personal information and may exercise these rights by contacting the AAFC Access to Information and Privacy Coordinator at Individuals also have the right to complain to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner concerning the management of their personal information.

For more information about AAFC's privacy practices, please refer to the following Personal Information Banks: Accounts Receivable PSU 932 and Accounts Payable PSU 931. AAFC-specific Personal Information Bank will be listed in the program's Applicant guide when applicable.

Business information will be disclosed only in accordance with the Access to Information Act.

Any questions about the Access to Information Act or Privacy Act can be sent to AAFC's Access to Information and Privacy Coordinator at

Copyright permission

AAFC may disclose, reproduce and distribute any part of or the whole of the documentation provided in or with this application form, within AAFC and to its authorized third parties, including other Government Departments, for purposes consistent with the receipt, assessment and subsequent treatment of the Application.


The applicant must complete the name and date fields.

If you are a representative, duly authorized to sign and submit the application form on behalf of the applicant, you must complete the name and date fields as the signing authority.


It is recommended that you check for errors after you complete each page and before you submit the application. Save the form on your computer.

Once the application form has been completed and saved, select the 'Submit' button on the last page. Select 'No' to the resulting pop-up box requesting a save of the form. Adobe may then ask, through a pop-up message, to choose your preferred email address. Select a choice then select 'Continue.'

Your application will be automatically sent to the program's email address.

If the email does not automatically generate, please email the completed form to

Note: The email address(es) you provide will be used for notification purposes to acknowledge receipt of your application by AAFC.