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Processor – Input Efficiency and Waste Reduction


Maximum of $75,000


Processor – Input Efficiency and Waste Reduction supports projects that aims increase input efficiency and reduce waste in an agri-food or agri-product processing facility.

Eligible Applicants

Processors with projects in any agri-food sector may apply, but processors with projects in the following sectors* are currently given preference:

  • Meat Processing and Meat Product Manufacturing
  • Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing
  • Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food
  • Dairy Product Manufacturing

Applicants must:

  • Be a processor that manufactures products in a facility with fewer than 200 employees
  • Have completed an audit, assessment or labour productivity plan that demonstrates the need and impact of the project in addressing current deficiencies, opportunities and risks
  • Have baseline Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for productivity, energy usage and waste management
  • And meet one of the following criteria at a minimum:
    • Be implementing advanced manufacturing technology, automation or robotics
    • Be an Indigenous partner business
    • Be operating in Northern Ontario

Eligible Expenses

  • Costs of input (ingredient or resources such as energy, gas) and waste measurement, metering and monitoring equipment (permanent systems intended to be left in place), including modification and improvements to existing systems
  • Costs of software and reporting systems directly related to input and waste measurement, metering and monitoring equipment
  • System installation, calibration and optimization of input and waste measurement, metering and monitoring equipment
  • First-time activities and advisory services for:
    • First-time KPI analysis for input and waste
    • Development of performance reports and report cards
    • Integration of ingredient and waste KPI feedback data with product costing models
  • Capital expenses and installation or configuration costs directly related to achieving input efficiencies and waste reduction with new automated, advanced manufacturing, robotic equipment and technology and/or software systems*
  • One-time labour costs specifically required for the project, such as third party advisory fees
  • One-time training of key personnel on project-related new equipment, technology and processes (e.g., train the trainer)
  • One-time costs for rental of facilities, processing equipment or machinery required specifically for the project

*Exceptions may apply if your business is an Indigenous partner business, or if your business is operating in northern Ontario

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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