Have you applied for the new Canadian Agricultural Partnership?
Back in February, Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay brought forward a few new programs under the brand new Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP), which was launched on April 1st.
The CAP is a $3 billion federal-provincial-territorial agreement that replaces Growing Forward 2 (GF2). For those of you who aren’t sure what that is, the Government of Canada website indicates “Growing Forward 2 (GF2) was a five-year (2013-2018) policy framework for Canada’s agricultural and agri-food sector. GF2 included a $3 billion investment by federal, provincial, and territorial (FPT) governments and formed the foundation for government agricultural programs and services. GF2 programs focused on innovation, competitiveness, and market development to ensure Canadian producers and processors had the tools and resources they needed to innovate and capitalize on emerging market opportunities.”
So in short, GF2 has been replaced with a new program CAP – Which basically has the same structure and types of support available.
CAP includes industry funding programs to support agricultural projects. These funding programs will be closely aligned to six priority areas.
- Markets & Trade: Opening new domestic/foreign markets and helping improve competitiveness through skills development, improved export capacity, and an efficient regulatory system.
- Science, Research & Innovation: Using science and innovation to improve resiliency and increase productivity.
- Risk Management: Enabling proactive and effective risk management, mitigation, and adaptation.
- Environmental Sustainability & Climate Change: Reducing greenhouse gas emissions and protecting the environment from climate change by enhancing sustainable production growth.
- Value-Added Agriculture & Agri-Food Processing: Introducing and expanding value-added processes to diversify product offerings and increase Canadian-based services.
- Public Trust: Building public trust through solid regulations, improving assurance systems, and product traceability.
Funding for this new program began April 1st, 2018.
If you want to check out the program or apply for funding, all the information needed is located here.
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