CAP: Plant Health: Plant Health Best Practices

Purpose of Project Category:

Projects will focus on advancing plant health through development and evaluation of plant health best practices.

Target Audience – Who should apply?

Producer and processor organizations and collaborations of partners across the value chain with a focus on the development and evaluation of best practices in support of plant health priorities

Eligible Projects

Projects can encompass one or more of the following and must include a demonstrated knowledge translation and transfer plan:

  • Development of plant health best practices or industry standards
  • Evaluation of plant health best practices or industry standards

Examples of projects

  • Evaluations of new technologies or equipment to facilitate the improvement of plant health
  • Cost-benefit analysis of pepper weevil screening methods in Ontario greenhouses
  • An economic assessment of biocontrol techniques to suppress pepper weevil
  • An economic comparison of pesticide use and application methods to control spotted lanternfly in stone fruits
  • An economic comparison of pesticide use and application methods to control tuta absoluta in tomato plants

Project Category Priorities

Priority should be given to projects that:

  • Incorporate a cost-benefit analysis of plant health practices from an economic perspective
  • Have the ability to impact multiple industry stakeholders
  • Advance plant health programs in commodities not being addressed through existing processes
  • Focus on new emerging pests, emerging crops, and small organizations

Funding Available

  • Up to 50 per cent cost-share funding of total eligible costs
  • Requests for funding above 50 per cent must clearly demonstrate how project addresses the Innovation Rating Criteria and Project Category Priorities in order to be considered for up to 75 per cent funding of total eligible costs
  • Recommended cost-share up to $25,000 per project

Project Length

  • Projects approved from December 2018 onwards, to finish by December 1, 2020
  • Where strong rationale is provided, to support critical components of projects approved from December 2018 onwards, project end dates may be extended to December 1, 2021 and final claims, final reports and project results surveys must be submitted to AAC no later than January 3, 2022

Eligible Costs

  • Costs directly related to the activities noted below that are also consistent with Section F

Eligible Activities

  • Activities that are consistent with Section H
  • Activities that improve the ability and capacity to prepare for, prevent, detect and respond effectively to infectious plant disease, weed or pest situations that can impact the broader sector or society at large
  • Activities that demonstrate market benefits or enhanced assurance systems as a direct result of their implementation
  • Implementation of new technologies or equipment to facilitate the improvement of plant health

Ineligible Costs

  • See a list of general ineligible costs in Section G

Ineligible Activities

  • See a list of general ineligible activities in Section H
  • Activities not related to improving plant health or public health
  • Development and implementation of programs that lack credible, scientific backing