Growing Forward 2
Growing Forward 2 is a five-year federal-provincial-territorial policy framework for Canada’s agriculture and agrifood sector. It is the basis for coordinated, cost-shared programs to help the sector become more competitive and innovative.
In British Columbia, the federal and provincial governments will invest an estimated $427 million in Growing Forward 2 from 2013-2018.
Programs Accepting Applications
B.C. Agrifood & Seafood Export Program
Eligible businesses and associations can apply for funding to participate in international market development activities.
B.C. Agrifood & Seafood Market Development Preparedness Program
Eligible businesses and associations can apply for funding to conduct market research and planning activities to take advantage of new market opportunities.
Beneficial Management Practices Program
Farm operations can apply for financial incentives to implement actions identified in on-farm environmental action plans.
Canada-BC Agri-Innovation Program
Eligible recipients can apply for funding to support late stage research, pilot and pre-commercial demonstration projects that lead to the commercialization and/or adoption of innovative products, processes, practices and technologies in B.C.
Environmental Farm Plan Program
Farm operations can apply for assistance to complete agri-environmental risk assessments.
Farm Business Advisory Services
Agriculture producers can access financial analysis and specialized business planning services.
Farm Business Speaker Program
Agricultural associations can apply for funding to host farm business management speakers at industry events.
First Nations Agriculture Business Development
First Nations communities can access agricultural opportunities assessments and business planning services.
On-Farm Food Safety & Traceability Program
On-farm businesses can apply for funding to implement food safety and traceability practices.
Post-Farm Food Safety & Traceability Program
B.C. food and beverage manufacturing facilities can apply for funding to implement food safety and traceability practices.
Livestock and poultry premises can register for the BC Premises Identification Program in support of the National Agriculture and Food Traceability System.
Traceability Speaker Funding
Agriculture organizations and associations can apply for funding to host educational events on traceability principles, systems and technologies.
Programs Not Accepting Applications
Ministry staff work with other government agencies and industry partners to identify and develop projects under these programs.
- BC Farm Animal Care Council
- Biosecurity & Surveillance
- Environmental Emergencies Planning Program
- Environmental Health & Programs
- Food Safety Outreach & Hazards Program
- Market Intelligence & Advisory Services
- On-Farm Animal Welfare Auditors Program