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AgriInnovate Program


Maximum $10,000,000 up to 50% of the total eligible costs. Will not normally exceed $2,000,000 for commercial demonstration projects.


This program provides repayable contributions for projects that aim to accelerate the commercialization, adoption and/or demonstration of innovative products, technologies, processes or services that increase agri-sector competitiveness and sustainability.

Applicants may apply at any point during the life of the program, until available funds have been fully allocated. Once all funds have been allocated, a notice will be posted on this website.

Please apply early to ensure you have enough time to complete your project. Projects must be completed by March 31, 2023.

Eligible Applicants

For-profit organizations that are incorporated in Canada.

They can include:

  • Businesses and/or corporations
  • Co-operatives
  • Corporations and co-operatives in Indigenous communities

Note: Eligible applicants must be legal entities capable of entering into legally binding agreements.

Eligible applicants must also meet the principles and criteria outlined in the Applicant guide, such as:

  • Providing a minimum of 50% of the funding towards eligible project costs
  • Total Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada funding requested does not exceed $10 million
  • Combined government funding being applied towards total eligible project costs does not exceed 75%

Eligible Expenses

Eligible costs will not necessarily include all or be limited to the following:

  • Capital expenditures
    • Renovations, site improvements, leasehold improvements, building purchase*, construction* and related costs
    • Machinery, equipment, and software purchase and installation costs
  • Contracted services
    • Professional or specialized services needed to undertake eligible project activities and for which contracts are entered into
    • Costs of contracted work related to compliance with the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act 2012
  • Salaries/benefits
    • Labour, including wages/salaries and benefits, and specific per diem fees
  • Other direct project costs
    • Rental, lease of facilities, equipment or machinery
    • Goods and services and all related shipping and transportation costs
    • Construction or operating licenses and permits required to carry out the project
    • Start-up costs, including interest capitalized during construction, insurance during construction, fees and charges for operation of equipment for adjustment and calibration, and training
    • Production of materials required to fulfill obligations under the agreement, including translation and production of materials in the second official language
    • Limited marketing costs, such as hiring of marketing expertise and other related activities as may be deemed necessary to the success of the project (a maximum of 20% of total eligible costs are available for marketing activities);
    • Materials/consumables needed to undertake the project
    • Other reasonable costs directly related to the project, at the discretion of AAFC

*Building purchases and construction costs may be considered on a case-by-case basis by AAFC.

Deadline Date

  OngoingPlease apply early to ensure you have enough time to complete your project. Projects must be completed by March 31, 2023.
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