AgriCompetitiveness Program: Step 6. After you apply

Step 6. After you apply

1. We'll send you an acknowledgement notice

After you submit your application, an acknowledgement notice will be sent to you.

You should not consider your application to be submitted to the program until you receive the acknowledgment notice.

Please note that even if all eligibility criteria are met, the submission of an application creates no obligation on the part of the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) to provide funding for the project.

2. We'll assess your application

After your application is received, we will verify that all required forms and declarations have been completed accurately and there is sufficient detail in the application for a full assessment.

  • If deemed complete, a full review and assessment of your application against the principles and criteria of the program will be carried out by assessors including program administrators and other technical reviewers within AAFC
  • If deemed incomplete, your application will be placed on hold and a notice will be sent to you to ask for more detailed information

3. We'll send you a contribution agreement

If you're approved for funding, AAFC will provide a written decision letter outlining the level of assistance awarded and any other conditions, if applicable. As well, a program officer will go over the details of the approval, including activities and funding levels, as well as start and end dates. You will also work with the program officer to negotiate the details of the contribution agreement you must sign to receive funding.

Note: even if an approval is granted, AAFC does not have the authority to reimburse recipients for costs incurred until a contribution agreement is signed.

At any point after you apply, we may contact you for more information.

You can track the status of your application

Access your program information to track the status of your application.

Reports you must provide

Should you be approved for funding, you must report on finances, performance and results. These reports include:

  • Progress reports — reports describing the activities completed and progress made toward the completion of activities described in the project work plan
  • Performance Reports — annual and end-of-year reports that track progress against mutually agreed to performance measures outlined in the contribution agreement
  • Financial Reports — reporting is required with each request for reimbursement of expenditures, in addition to year-end accounting and other financial reports
  • Other reports that we ask for

Service standards

Our goal is to:

  • respond to general inquiries made to our phone number or email address before the end of the next business day
  • acknowledge receipt of your application within 1 business day
  • assess your application and send you an approval or a rejection notification letter within 100 business days of receiving a complete application package