CAP: Plant Health: Skills Development, Training and Education

Purpose of Project Category:

Projects will focus on building plant health capacity in the industry by improving and supporting awareness and knowledge of plant health risks and how to address them. In addition, this category aims to encourage specialized knowledge in the industry through training on the identification, assessment, and mitigation of plant health risks.

Target Audience – Who should apply?

Producer and processor organizations and collaborations of partners across the value chain with a focus on increasing awareness, knowledge and skills of the sector 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:

  • Outreach strategies
  • Skills development and training
  • Knowledge acquisition and knowledge sharing
  • Workshops
  • Needs Assessments

Examples of projects

  • Training focused on resistance management, biosecurity, or emergency preparedness

Project Category Priorities

Projects that clearly demonstrate the following:

  • Training program or material development that addresses a gap/need in the sector, where training program/materials do not currently exist
  • Impact and benefits beyond their specific commodity
  • Involvement with more than one commodity or sector
  • Promotion of sustainable practices in agriculture
  • Addressing pest, disease and weed surveillance and management practices

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

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
  • Improving or supporting general awareness, and knowledge of plant health, reducing plant health risks, pest management and biosecurity risks, and implementing traceability systems and plant health codes of practice
  • Disseminating plant health best practices
  • Enhancing or supporting the implementation of biosecurity standards through education and awareness
  • Activities related to training on disease, weed and pest identification and plant health status, assessment of biosecurity risks, and development of plans to mitigate those risks
  • Developing/conducting a needs assessment or strategy for the creation of education and training materials or for sector outreach

Ineligible Costs

  • See a list of general ineligible costs in Section G
  • Costs for capital and equipment

Ineligible Activities

  • See a list of general ineligible activities in Section H
  • Activities not related to improving plant health or public health