For small to medium entrepreneurs, it is important to find the right resources to help move their project forward. Here are some resources and funding programs available.
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture, Value-Added Agriculture and Agri-Food Processing
AWESOME Program – program to grow and advance women-led businesses in the food processing sector
Canadian Dairy Commission – Matching Investment Fund (MIF)
The Canadian Dairy Commission (CDC) is committed to supporting an environment that encourages growth and innovation in the manufacture and use of Canadian dairy products and ingredients. The Matching Investment Fund is designed to help eligible companies and Food Technology Centres with product development initiatives that help stimulate demand for Canadian dairy products and ingredients.
Some of the key features of the CDC MIF are:
- development of new or innovative products;
- the reformulation of existing products;
- knowledge transfer activities;
- technology transfer projects;
- new opportunities for solids non-fat ingredients.
For more information on the Matching Investment Fund, check out the Canadian Dairy Commission website
National Research Council of Canada (NRC) – Research and Development Activities
NRC-IRAP provides non-repayable contributions to Canadian SMEs interested in growing by using technology to commercialize services, products and processes in Canadian and international markets. NRC-IRAP also provides mentoring support and invests on a cost-shared basis for research and pre-competitive development technical projects, upon assessment of a project and firm by a team of Industrial Technology Advisors. NRC-IRAP’s partner organizations also receive contributions to provide technical and research assistance to Canadian SMEs.
For more information, visit their website.
Saskatchewan Agri-Food Value Chain Initiative
The Saskatchewan Agri-Value Chain Initiative focuses on a consumer and operator driven approach, working with foodservice operators and grocery retailers to identify market opportunities and/or operational challenges that can be addressed through innovative products. The initiative then seeks to source those products through Saskatchewan food growers and processors and bring them to market in a timely and reliable fashion.
For more information, visit their website and click on Programs.
Canadian Agricultural Partnership
The Canadian Agricultural Partnership is a five-year, $3 billion investment by federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) governments to strengthen and grow Canada’s agriculture and agri-food sector with:
- simplified and streamlined programs and services that are easier to access
- improvements to programs that help you manage significant risks that threaten the viability of your farm and beyond your capacity to manage
- $2 billion in FPT cost-shared strategic initiatives
- $1 billion for federal activities and programs
Programs applicable to Saskatchewan’s food processing industry include:
Food Safety for Processors Program
Saskatchewan Lean Improvements in Manufacturing (SLIM)
Agriculture Development Fund
For a full listing, visit the Government of Saskatchewan website.