Agri-Tech Innovation Cost-Share Program

Amount: up to a maximum of $100,000

The Agri-Tech Innovation cost-share program will focus on supporting the modernization of workplaces, by funding projects to implement advanced or innovative technology, that will reduce the risk of potential COVID-19 exposure and transmission among agri-food workers by shifting away from labor-intensive work practices or processes, and help build the sector’s resilience.

Preference is given to projects in the following at-risk sectors:

  • Farm Businesses:
    • Greenhouse (e.g. edible horticulture, floriculture)
    • Field nursery
    • Horticulture Field Crops (e.g. asparagus, tomatoes, peppers, garlic, onions, carrots, ginseng)
    • Tender Fruit (e.g. apples, plums, peaches, pears, cherries, grapes and apricots)
    • Mushrooms
  • Processor Businesses:
    • Federally Registered or Provincially licensed meat processing and meat product manufacturing plants
    • Bakeries and Tortilla manufacturing
    • Sugar and confectionary product manufacturing
    • Primary food processing for vegetable and fruit crops.

Eligibility Criterias

  • An established Farm Business that is a legal entity and produces agricultural commodities in Ontario under a valid Farm Business Registration Number (FBRN), or an allowable exemption
  • An established Processor Business that is a legal entity that handles agricultural commodities, food, beverage or agri-based products in Ontario. This includes primary food processing, i.e. businesses that manufacture products that cut, clean, package, store and refrigerate raw plant food.
  • Have a valid and up-to-date Premises Identification (PID) Number for the business location where the project is to take place.

Eligible Projects

Projects that will lead to the adoption of Advanced Automation or Manufacturing Technology that support the following outcomes:

  • Allow businesses to shift away from labour-intensive work practices or processes to help prevent the exposure and transmission of COVID-19, and
  • Address at least one of the following labour-related project impacts:
    1. Allow business to focus redeployment of workers to higher value-added activities
    2. Reduce the ongoing labour shortage pressures in the sector
    3. Attract more highly skilled labour to businesses within the sector
    4. Increase the productivity


35% of eligible costs for eligible projects, up to a maximum of $100,000 per business. To be eligible for funding, projects must have a minimum total project value of $150,000.


The application and required documentation must be submitted by June 21, 2021 by 11:59 p.m. EST.