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Grants Available to
Canadian Dairy and Finished Food Product Manufacturers

Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (CAAP)

Funded by: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Summary: The Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (2014-2019) funds industry-led projects that help the agriculture, agri-food, and agri-based products sector to:
    1. Seize opportunities: Allow industry to take advantage of a situation or circumstance to develop a new idea, product, niche, or market opportunity.
    2. Respond to new and/or emerging issues: Address issues that were unknown or not a concern before.
    3. Pathfind and/or pilot solutions to new and ongoing issues:
a.Pathfinding – investigating new ways and/or different options of dealing with new and/or ongoing issues.
b. Piloting – testing ideas and/or approaches to apply in the sector.
This program runs for 5 years until March 31, 2019. It will provide $50.3 million in non-repayable contributions.

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Canada Business

Funded/Offered by:
Government of Canada

This web site is devoted to services and information for entrepreneurs.

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Industrial Research Assistance Plan (IRAP)

Funded by:
National Research Council of Canada (NRC)

IRAP’s mandate is to help companies develop and adapt industrial technologies to impel their productivity, profitability and international competitiveness.

Professionals involved in IRAP have experience in a wide range of industries including food processing, bio-technology and agriculture. Client’s technical needs are met by identifying opportunities, accessing technical and financial resources, and solving production problems.

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Business Planning

Funded/Offered by:
Canada Business Network

Find out how to write a business plan, and access templates, sample business plans, market research information and statistcs.

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Grants and Financing

Funded/Offered by:
Industry Canada

Entrepreneurs often report that getting financing is the most challenging aspect of starting or growing a business. If you are looking for money for your business, you should start by learning about the different types of financing that are available. You can then decide which one best suits your needs. You can reduce your need for assistance by managing your finances effectively. Includes information on:
  • Government grants and financing
  • Private sector financing
  • Crowdfunding
  • Accessing equity financing
  • Personal assets

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Research and Development
  Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED)

Funded/Offered by:
Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)

Summary: With the aim of encouraging industrial SR&ED, the federal government established this program, which offers tax incentives to Canadian businesses. Geared toward small and start-up companies, the SR&ED program provides financial assistance through investment tax credits to individuals and corporations developing or improving technological products or processes. Companies that qualify can deduct 100% of the capital SR&ED expenses for the year, or carry them forward indefinitely if not claimed in the current year.

The federal government also offers the Preclaim Project Review (PCPR) service to make the SR&ED Program more accessible. This service helps companies determine which research and development projects are eligible and obtain valuable guidance on how to substantiate their SR&ED claims. The PCPR is available at the request of the company and is not required for participating in the SR&ED Program.

Eligibility requirements: Eligible companies include proprietorships, partnerships or corporations in Canada.

Eligible projects include basic or applied research in science or a technology field, or experimental development designed to create or improve products or processes that embody a scientific or technological advancement.

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