AgriInnovate Program: Step 1. What this program offers

Step 1. What this program offers

The AgriInnovate Program is a program under the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (Sustainable CAP).

Program objective

The program provides repayable contributions to incent targeted commercialization, demonstration and/or adoption of commercial-ready innovative technologies and processes that increase agricultural and agri-food sector competitiveness and sustainability benefits.


The maximum Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) contribution toward a project will normally not exceed $5,000,000.


Contributions toward eligible costs will normally be shared between AAFC and you as follows:

  • AAFC — a maximum of 50%
  • You — a minimum of 50%

The program may provide an additional 10% on the cost-share ratio (AAFC — 60% : You — 40%) where the majority of the business (more than 50%) is owned or led by one or more under-represented groups. Under-represented groups include:

  • Indigenous Peoples
  • Youth, aged 35 or under
  • Women
  • Visible minorities
  • Persons with disabilities

Your portion of the cost-share must be cash contributions.Endnote 1 In-kind contributions are ineligible.

Repayable contributions

The program will provide contributions to for-profit businesses on a repayable basis.

Repayment is normally expected to be unconditional, however the program may permit a conditional repayability model to help mitigate the risk with small enterprises, start-ups, and emerging innovators undertaking projects to commercialize or demonstrate significant innovations.