GCII: FAQs


Application Process

How is phase II different from phase I?

Phase II applicants must be an organization or a partnership.

The focus is on projects that advance the sector as a whole and meet the GCII objectives and merit criteria outlined in the program guide.

All projects are expected to provide broad sector benefits through the creation of partnerships, linkages across commodities, knowledge transfer, and industry support.

Who can apply?

Eligible applicants include any organization or partnership actively involved in a project providing broad benefit to the Ontario commercial greenhouse sector.

Project results must provide benefit to the Ontario commercial greenhouse sector that grows or propagates ornamental and edible greenhouse crops.

Organizations - Any not-for-profit, Ontario-based, legally recognized entity representing the commercial greenhouse industry (e.g. Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG), Flowers Canada (Ontario) (FCO), Berry Growers of Ontario (BGO), etc.). Federal, provincial and territorial government departments, ministries or agencies and academic/research institutions are not eligible to apply as organizations, but may apply as a partner on the project (excepting the Ontario provincial government).

Partnerships - Two or more legally recognized entities that have an arm’s length relationship from each other and are working together as partners on a project may apply. Partnerships may include, but are not limited to: for-profit entities; not-for-profit entities; federal, provincial (excepting Ontario) and territorial government departments, ministries or agencies; and/or, academic research institutions.

For more infromation visit the GCII Program Guide.

What level of funding is available?

Applicants may apply for up to 50 per cent of total project costs.

Funding may be provided as requested or at a reduced amount or percentage depending on the merit assessment of the project and funding availability.

Funding requests between $50,000 to $1,000,000 for projects are encouraged.

For more information visit the GCII Program Guide.

Can I stack government funding for GCII Phase II?

Applicants may access funding from non-OMAFRA government sources.

Funding from the Canadian Agricultural Partnership program is not eligible for stacking.

When can my project start and what is the latest end date?

A project cannot start prior to the AAC approval date, which is anticipated to be mid-August when the funding decisions are made.

Eligible costs can only be incurred, invoiced and paid for on or after the start date.

Projects must be implemented and completed no later than November 30, 2022.

What are the timelines for the program?

Program Launch: March 13, 2020

Deadline for Application Submissions: June 19, 2020

Application Review Date: August 2020

Final deadline for project completion: November 30, 2022

Final deadline to submit final report and survey and final claim for reimbursement: December 31, 2022

What do I need to submit on the application deadline?

Complete submissions will include: GCII Application (Word document) and GCII Budget (Excel document), which can be found on the AAC website. 

Partnerships must have each partner complete a Partnership form.

Other required documentation, as outlined in the application checklist.