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Processor – Marketing Plans


Maximum of $25,000


Processor – Marketing Plans supports assessment and planning projects that support retaining/expanding or accessing new domestic/export markets.

Eligible Applicants

Be a minimum of one of the following:

  • A processor that manufactures products in a facility with fewer than 200 employees
  • 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
  • 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)

Eligible Expenses

  • First-time assessments or audits to reveal program gaps by a third party, including:
    • Product attribute verification (e.g., halal, gluten-free, organic)
    • First-time pre-audit by a third party
    • Feasibility studies
    • Market readiness audit
    • Cost of production audit
  • Market analysis or research
  • Business marketing and strategic plans for developing a new market
  • Export planning
  • Production expansion planning to expand market share or implement a new process
  • Investigation into the regulatory or certification standards, or requirements needed to access a new market (e.g., food product labels, preparation of nutritional panels, and other required label information for domestic and international markets, trade issues, quota applications, customs and trade regulatory issues)
  • Any fees or ancillary costs incurred in meeting requirements of certification standards to access a new market

Deadline Date

  Please click the link indicated below for update.


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

Phone Number: 1-877-424-1300

E-mail Address:


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