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Local Food Infrastructure Fund (LFIF)


A minimum ask of $15,000 to a maximum ask of $100,000.


The Local Food Infrastructure Fund (LFIF) is a five-year, $50 million initiative ending March 31, 2024. The program is part of the Government of Canada’s Food Policy which is Canada’s roadmap for a healthier and more sustainable food system in Canada. The LFIF objective is to strengthen food systems and to facilitate access to safe and nutritious food for at-risk populations.

The LFIF’s objectives are to:

  • improve access to safe, healthy and culturally-diverse food while promoting community development
  • support local economies
  • improve health outcomes for Canadians most at-risk
  • promote environmentally sustainable food systems

Eligible Applicants

Eligible applicants are not-for-profit organizations that have been in operation for at least two years as a legal entity capable of entering into a legally-binding agreement. Furthermore, applicants must be able to demonstrate the ability to maintain the proposed operations beyond the funding period.

Eligible applicants consist of:

  • community or charitable organizations
  • Indigenous groups
  • not-for-profit co-operatives


  • Although schools and school boards may apply under this program, they are encouraged to work with not-for-profit organizations to improve access to nutritious foods in schools.
  • As well, municipalities may apply only if there are no not-for-profit organization in the community currently working in this capacity.
  • For open markets, they must be non-profit and provide a service to populations at-risk and where no profit is generated in relation to the project.

Eligible Expenses

  • Capital Assets: Eligible Cost Items
    • The Purchase of new or used equipment
    • Alteration or modernization of an asset that appreciably prolongs the period of usefulness of the item, or improves its functionality
  • Other Direct Project Costs: Eligible Cost Items – project costs associated with the completion of the project such as:
    • Installation costs
    • Freight charges
    • Transportation costs
    • Personal protective equipment
    • Storage bins or shelves
    • Duties
    • The non-refundable portion of provincial sales taxes, GST/HST or other value-added taxes
    • Contractors if used, must be engaged through a fair, competitive and transparent process or otherwise justifiable process for a finite timeframe to perform specific services related to the project
    • Labour costs may be considered for incremental (additional) staff for a specific period of time and solely required for the implementation of the project

Deadline Date

  Fourth intake - July 15, 2022. The LFIF is a 5 year, $60 million initiative ending March 31, 2024.
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