Alberta has a comprehensive suite of programs available for agri-business. These programs are there to support business through the innovation, product development and business development phases. Discover what is available to help grow your agri-processing business.
Business Development Support
Agriculture and Forestry – Government of Alberta
The Department of Agriculture and Forestry has a number of resources to support innovation, investment and sustainable growth of the Agriculture and Forestry industry in Alberta. Here is a link to applicable programs and resources for Agri-food businesses.
Agri-Business and Product Development
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 increase profitability.
Agri-Processing Automation and Efficiency Program
This program is to help meat processors and livestock producers invest in new processing equipment and adopt improved processes and best practices, allowing the meat industry to increase its capacity, competitiveness and profitability. Applicants are eligible for reimbursement of certain capital and non-capital expenses.
- Reimbursement of capital expenses (20%). Eligible capital costs include the engineering design, acquisition and installation (including modifications, if needed) of automated machinery and equipment.
- Reimbursement of non-capital expenses (50%). Eligible non-capital costs include third-party costs for consulting and engineering fees, consultant and coaching fees related to process improvement and related travel.
The purpose of the program is to help meat processors and livestock producers invest in new processing equipment and adopt improved processes and best practices, allowing the meat industry to increase its capacity, competitiveness and profitability.
Business Opportunity Grant
This program is to help Alberta’s new or established producers, agri-processing companies and producer groups.
Research and Development
Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency (ALMA)
The Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency (ALMA) is focused on investing in innovation delivering productivity gains and supply chain collaboration for improved knowledge transfer and profitability in the livestock and meat industry.
The Research and Development Grant Program
The Research and Development Program is focused on initiatives that drive efficiency and productivity within Alberta’s livestock and meat industry. This will strengthen Alberta’s competitiveness by reducing livestock production costs, processing costs and labour requirements.
Alberta Innovates Technology Futures (AITF)
AITF provides innovation, research and commercialization services that address challenges and priorities in the Alberta’s agriculture, forestry, oil &gas, environment, health and pipeline sectors.
R&D Associates program
Industry r&D Associates addresses the increasing research and development (R&D) personnel needs of Alberta industry. Through this program component, Alberta companies are able to recruit recent Master’s and PhD graduates to conduct research that benefits the organization.
Industry r&D Associates consists of an annual stipend of $55,000 from Tech Futures and an annual research allowance of $7,000. The funding term is up to a maximum of two years with Year 2 funding being contingent on satisfactory performance during the first year and upon proof of continued need.
The Voucher is designed to support technologies in the mid-to-late developmental stages but may include some early developmental stages too.
The Micro-Voucher is to support technologies in the early developmental stages.
The Product Demonstration Program
The PDP is designed to support technologies in the more advanced stages of development.
Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP)
IRAP provides technical and business advisroy services realted to R&D, including startegic intellegence, and customized solutions to fit business needs.
Western Innovation Initiative (WINN) -
This $100 million five-year federal initiative offers repayable contributions for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with operations in Western Canada to move their new and innovative technologies from the later stages of research and development to the marketplace.
Scientific Research & Experimental Development (SR&ED) Investment Tax Credit (ITC)
The SR&ED tax incentive is a federal program that encourages businesses of all sizes and in all sectors to conduct research and development. Any Canadian-controlled private corporation (CCPC) can deduct SR&ED expenditures for income tax purposes and companies can earn ITC’s to reduce income tax payable.
A refundable ITC of 35%, 100% refundable on qualified SR&ED current expenditures and 40% refundable on qualified SR&ED capital expenditures, up to a maximum threshold of $3 million of qualified SR&ED expenditures for SR&ED carried out in Canada. A CCPC can also earn a 20% non-refundable ITC on any amount over that threshold. However, for a CCPC that meets the definition of qualifying corporation, the 20% ITC on any amount over that threshold is refundable, 40% refundable on qualified SR&ED current and capital expenditures.
Investment and Export Resources
This link will get you started on resources available for exporting products and investing in the SW agri-food sector. Agri-food Opportunities
Export Development Canada has a number of webinars that explain the ins and outs of exporting products from Canada to around the world. Export Seminars
Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD)
DFATD manages Canada's diplomatic and consular relations, to encourage the country's international trade and to lead Canada’s international development and humanitarian assistance. They also provide funding programs to help take your business to the next level by focusing on global trade