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.
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
- Visible minorities
- Persons with disabilities
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.