Agri-business Resources & Incentives
WESTERN INNOVATION INITIATIVE (WINN) PROGRAM
Western Economic Diversification Canada offers repayable contributions for small to medium-sized businesses operating in Western Canada to commercialize innovative technology-based products in later stage research and development. This is a federally driven, $100 million, five-year initiative. The application deadline for WINN is identified through a departmental announcement. There may be up to two calls for applications per year.
ALBERTA MANUFACTURING AND FABRICATION INNOVATION PROGRAM (AMFI)
A program that aims to help Alberta fabricator and manufacturers be globally competitive by adoption of new and advanced technologies, techniques and processes to increase productivity and quality.
Agriculture / Agri-food
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The purpose of this program is to help processors, producers and producer groups invest in new and innovative ways of getting Alberta-made products into new markets, enabling Alberta’s agri-industry to cultivate new customers and increasing competiveness and profitability. The program has 37 specific funding streams and support programs for agri-business, processors, municipalities and groups in funding support for business industry research, product development, leadership training, business and marketing plans, etc.
AGRICULTURE INITIATIVES PROGRAM
Funded through proceeds from the Alberta Lottery Fund, the program’s objective is to encourage improvements in agriculture, the quality of life in the agricultural community and to facilitate rural development. Non-profit organizations and agricultural societies are eligible to apply for program funding to assist with capital projects. Applicants can receive up to $75,000 in grants, with a dollar to dollar matching requirement, for capital projects over any consecutive two-year period.
ALBERTA LIVESTOCK & MEAT AGENCY (ALMA) RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT GRANT
This ALMA grant is targeted at initiatives that drive efficiency and productivity within Alberta’s livestock and meat industry. The program’s purpose is to support both basic (proof-of-concept) and applied research initiatives in order to strengthen Alberta’s competitiveness by reducing livestock production costs, processing costs and labour requirements.
Designed to accelerate the pace of innovation by supporting research and development activities in agri-innovations and commercialization of technologies, this program promotes the development and knowledge transfer in the sector leading to innovative agriculture, agri-food and agribased practices, processes and products.