CAP: Productivity - Technology Solutions: Productivity Pilots and Demonstrations of New Technology

Purpose of Project Category:

Projects will focus on promoting, piloting and demonstrating new technologies related to labour saving technology or practices, automation, waste reduction, recycling, and increased efficiency. Organizations supporting commodities that are heavily impacted by a changing business environment (e.g. horticulture, greenhouse and food processors) as well as groups that are supporting emerging or high growth commodities are focuses under this project category. Projects must demonstrate benefits that increase the competitiveness in the agri-food and agri-products sector of Ontario.

Target Audience – Who should apply?

Organizations and/or collaborations along the agri-food and agri-products value chain can apply. Preference will be given for those projects focused on piloting or demonstrating new technology related to priority sectors significantly impacted by a changing business environment (e.g. horticulture, and greenhouse and food processing) as well as emerging and high-growth opportunities

Eligible Projects

  • Pilot of new or innovative technology
  • Demonstration projects of new technologies
  • Outreach strategies
  • Knowledge acquisition and knowledge sharing

Examples of projects

  • Pilot project testing the benefit of automating a labour intensive process
  • Demonstration project of newly proven productivity enhancing technology

Project Category Priorities

  • This category will consider the extent to which the project is increasing awareness, levels of adoption, and strategic and innovative thinking to ensure sustainability
  • Focus on projects providing labour productivity benefits
  • Multi-year projects that demonstrate sustainability will be viewed more positively
  • Projects from Indigenous communities and Northern Ontario communities will be prioritized (Northern Ontario for the purposes of this program is consistent with the definition in the Northern Ontario Agri-Food Strategy) http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/northernagrifood/aafp.htm

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 the project addresses the Innovation Rating Criteria and Project Category Priorities in order to be considered for up to 65 per cent funding of total eligible costs
  • Requests for funding above 65 per cent must clearly demonstrate how the project addresses the Innovation Rating Criteria and Project Category Priorities and also must clearly demonstrate how the project provides co-benefits with environmental stewardship, with protection and assurance systems or with both priority areas in order to be considered for funding above 65 per cent and up to 75 percent funding of total eligible costs.
  • Recommended cost-share up to $250,000 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
  • Requests for higher capital costs reimbursement will be considered on a case-by-case basis

Eligible Activities

  • Activities that are consistent with Section H

Ineligible Costs

  • See a list of general ineligible costs in Section G

Ineligible Activities

  • See a list of general ineligible activities in Section H