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Processor – Technology and Equipment to Improve Labour Productivity


Maximum of $200,000


Processor – Technology and Equipment to Improve Labour Productivity support projects that implement advanced manufacturing technologies and equipment to enhance labour productivity.

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

Applicant 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

  • Capital expenses and installation or configuration costs directly related to improving labour productivity with new automated, advanced manufacturing, robotic equipment and technology and/or software systems*
  • Development of new or translation of manufacturing policies, feedback systems, preventative maintenance procedures and standard operational procedures, such as processing standards (time, temperature, speed etc.); proactive, preventative maintenance routines; and employee scheduling systems
  • One-time costs associated with training key personnel on project-related new equipment, technology and software systems (e.g., train the trainer)
  • One-time labour costs specifically required for the project, such as third party advisory fees
  • 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

  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:


Industry: Agriculture, Location: Ontario ,
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