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Processor – Develop New Products or Processes


Maximum of $75,000


Processor – Develop New Products or Processes supports projects that focuses on developing products or processes to retain an existing market, grow an existing market or access a new market, and to significantly increase sales.

Eligible Applicants

Be a minimum of one of the following:

  • For any eligible projects, a processor that manufactures products in a facility with fewer than 200 employees
  • For eligible projects that do not include capital costs, an owner of an established brand or intellectual property that does not meet processor eligibility criteria but is located in Ontario, and has an agreement or arrangement for the transformation of their product(s) in Ontario
  • For eligible projects that do not include capital costs, a new processor business (new entrant) that:
    • Constitutes a legal person
    • Is new to the food and agri-product processing industry and has business projections that demonstrate potential annual gross business income of $30,000 or more within three years of applying
    • Files personal income taxes in Ontario
    • Has not filed taxes of $30,000 or more in annual gross business revenue as a food or agri-product processing business in the two years prior to applying for funding
    • Has a valid Premises Identification (PID) Number (if a processing facility is established)

Have a marketing plan that includes:

  • Market research analysis that supports entry into the specific domestic or export market
  • Sales targets and an assessment of other potential business impacts
  • Implementation strategy

Eligible Expenses

  • Third-party advisory costs for agri-based bio-product, food or beverage product and process development activities, which may include:
    • Regulatory review
    • Ingredient, material or packaging sourcing
    • Formulation development
    • Process development
    • Scale-up trials
    • Shelf life determination
    • Testing or analysis to verify and complement development process including:
      • Nutritional, microbial, chemical, an allergen
      • Sensory/consumer
    • Product physical testing
    • Packaging related activities
    • Package testing to ensure compatibility with product
    • Labelling development and design for marketing purposes
    • Labelling development to ensure compliance with regulations
  • Costs of automated, advanced manufacturing and/or robotic processing equipment and technology and/or software systems directly related to developing a new product or process through:
    • Acquiring new processing equipment and technology (including installation and configuration)
    • Retrofitting or modifying existing processing equipment and technology (including installation and configuration)
  • First-time training of key personnel on new, project- related equipment, technology and processes (e.g., train the trainer) related to value-added agri-food/agricultural products
  • One-time costs for rental of facilities, processing equipment or machinery required specifically for the project

Deadline Date

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Contact Name: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

Phone Number: 1-877-424-1300

E-mail Address:


Industry: Agriculture, Location: Ontario ,
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