Step 1. What this program offers
Intake period: Open
Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis until the end of the program on March 31, 2028, or until funding has been fully committed or otherwise announced here.
All projects must be completed by March 31, 2028.
The AgriInnovate Program is a program under the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (Sustainable CAP).
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.
The program may provide an additional 10% on the cost-share ratio (AAFC — 60% : You — 40%) where the majority of the organization (more than 50%) is owned or led by one or more under-represented groups.
Applicants from under-represented groups can contact the program for more details. Under-represented groups are:
- Indigenous Peoples
- The collective name for the original peoples of Canada and their descendants and consists of distinct, rights-bearing communities comprising First Nations peoples, Inuit, and Metis.
- First Nations
- A people composed of many different nations having their own origin, history and culture, and whose members have called North America home for thousands of years. First Nations include status and non-status Indians.
- A people whose members are of mixed First Nations and European ancestry, are united by a common origin, history and culture, and are generally accepted by the Métis Nation.
- A people that inhabit or that traditionally inhabited the northern regions and Arctic coasts of Canada known as Inuit Nunangat, and whose members are united by a common origin, history and culture.
Individuals aged 35 and under.
One of many gender identities. Includes all people who identify as women.
- Members of Visible Minorities
- The Employment Equity Act defines "members of visible minorities" as persons, other than Aboriginal peoples, who are non-Caucasian in race or non-white in colour.
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
- consider themselves to be disadvantaged in employment by reason of that impairment, or
- believe that an employer or potential employer is likely to consider them to be disadvantaged in employment by reason of that impairment, and includes persons whose functional limitations owing to their impairment have been accommodated in their current job or workplace.
Two-Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and other people who identify as part of sexual and gender diverse communities who use additional terminologies.
Your portion of the cost-share must be cash contributions.Endnote 1 In-kind contributions are ineligible.
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.