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Capacity Building │ Protein Industries Canada




The Capacity Building Program is focused on advancing Canada’s agrifood sector and creating a competitive and sustainable global business environment, while incenting new approaches to doing business and removing barriers to growth

Eligible Applicants

Agrifood industry in Canada.

For a project to be considered eligible for co-investment, it must:

  • Be submitted by a minimum of two project partners (consortium), all of whom must be PIC members.
  • Non-Canadian entities can participate in a consortium, based on approval by Protein Industries Canada.
  • Each member of the consortium must contribute to the project in a meaningful way.
  • All organizations listed on the proposal should be aware and agree to their inclusion in the submission.
  • The initiative must be incremental to the regular business undertakings of the participating organizations, in that the project is new, would not be possible without participation of consortium partners, or would not have been undertaken at the same scope or scale without the co-investment provided by the Supercluster.
  • Projects that build and expand linkages beyond Supercluster participants and leverage existing assets (capabilities, talent, infrastructure) are strongly encouraged, bringing relevant impact to the whole ecosystem.
  • The project must be aligned with Protein Industries Canada’s objectives, PIC’s Capacity Building Priorities and their outcomes.
  • Projects in which industry dollars are invested will be scored higher.
  • It will be up to the consortium members to determine the amount and nature of their respective contributions. The contribution of each consortium member does not need to be equal.
  • Projects that include Indigenous and/or other under-represented populations will be scored higher.
  • Projects that involve SMEs (small- and medium-sized enterprises) and/or bring clear benefits to SMEs will be scored higher.

Eligible Expenses

Eligible Project Costs are defined as project costs that are directly related to a project and are eligible for reimbursement by PIC.

  • Labour Costs: Labour costs can be claimed as an eligible project expense for existing or new employees who are working directly on the project. Labour costs are calculated by multiplying the hourly rate by the number of hours the employee worked on the project.
  • Sub-contractors & Consultants: Sub-contractors and consultants required to complete work that is essential to the success of the project and for expertise or skills that do not exist within the project team are eligible project expenses. All costs must be claimed at Fair Market Value and must be in line with industry practices.
  • Materials & Supplies: Materials and supplies are claimed as eligible project expenses when the materials are consumed not when the materials are purchased.
  • Room or Facility Rentals: Costs for room or facility rentals that are separately dedicated to the project are eligible project costs.
  • Travel: Travel costs that are incurred exclusively for the project are eligible project expenses.
  • Intellectual Property Costs: Reasonable intellectual property costs with a direct link to project activities and technologies are eligible costs.
  • Other Direct Project Costs

Deadline Date



Contact Name: Protein Industries Canada

Phone Number: 1 (306) 949-0049

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